Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 Aspherical UMC Lens

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Key Features

  • 35mm focal length
  • 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 70mm equivalent focal length on Four Thirds / Micro Four Thirds cameras, 56mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Manual focus only
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.30m/11.81" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Samsung NX mounts

Product Description

Sophisticated optics of Samyang 35 mm F1.4 UMC has been constructed upon twelve elements arranged in ten groups. The lens comes with two lenses made of the glass with high refraction factor, which reduces its weight and dimensions. Moreover, one aspherical lens minimizes the risk of chromatic aberration. Owing to the high-quality multi-layer coatings, our lens provides high contrast and faithful color imaging. Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC uses the system of the so called “floating” lenses allowing to preserve high image quality with minimum focusing distance.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Sony E (NEX), Samsung NX
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring Yes
Optics
Elements 12
Groups 10
Special elements / coatings 2 high-refraction glass elements 1 aspherical element
Focus
Minimum focus 0.30 m (11.81)
Autofocus No
Full time manual Unknown
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 660 g (1.46 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.48)
Length 112 mm (4.39)
Filter thread 77 mm
Tripod collar No

Reviews

User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • UndeadHunter, Jan 8, 2013 GMT:
    This lens is brilliant

    I have this lens as well as the 14mm 2.8 both in Nikon mount and and thrilled with them. Optically they are great, not just for the price but they are great at any price. Build quality is great as is the cpu coupling which works to interface with the lens, including focus indication. Bokhe is nice, DOF tiny wide open. Manual focus is the reason for buying this. Having become annoyed how the current range of AF lens manually focus, these lenses are like precision engineering. Slow, direct ...

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  • UndeadHunter, Jan 8, 2013 GMT:
    This lens out performs lenses three or five times the price.

    I have this lens as well as the 14mm 2.8 both in Nikon mount and and thrilled with them. Optically they are great, not just for the price but they are great at any price. Build quality is great as is the cpu coupling which works to interface with the lens, including focus indication. Bokhe is nice, DOF tiny wide open. Manual focus is the reason for buying this. Having become annoyed how the current range of AF lens manually focus, these lenses are like precision engineering. Slow, direct ...

    Continue Reading

  • UndeadHunter, Jan 8, 2013 GMT:
    This lens out performs lenses three or five times the price.

    I have this lens as well as the 14mm 2.8 both in Nikon mount and and thrilled with them. Optically they are great, not just for the price but they are great at any price. Build quality is great as is the cpu coupling which works to interface with the lens, including focus indication. Bokhe is nice, DOF tiny wide open. Manual focus is the reason for buying this. Having become annoyed how the current range of AF lens manually focus, these lenses are like precision engineering. Slow, direct ...

    Continue Reading

  • Allyx, Sep 5, 2014 GMT:
    A very affordable way to get an excellent-quality image!

    I have this lens for a little more than 2 months and I'm extremely satisfied with it! I can definitely say that it outperforms most of its rivals even if we don't take the price into consideration. While choosing the lens I also tried Sigma's 35mm 1.4 Art and Canon 35mm 1.4L. Not considering the price, I would put it between the two - definitely more pleasant image quality than the Canon, but a bit behind the new Sigma. If you don't mind shooting manual focus, this is definitely a killer ...

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Videos

Sample Video Footage FIlmed with the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Lens

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Which would you choose? Primes vs. Zooms

I'm a new videographer who just purchased most of my gear, except the lenses. I have a Canon 5dmkii with a Canon 55mm f/1.8 After reading lots of reviews and recommendations I've narrowed down the field to some third party lenses I'm considering going in on. At this point my budget is roughly $600-$900, so that puts me at either one zoom lens or two primes. For zooms I'm looking at the:Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 ( image stabilization) vs the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 (with no IS). I've also heard mixed reviews about the Canon 24-105 f/4 because it has such a large range but it is a bit slow. There is a huge thread discussing the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 at the moment, but it seems users are going both ways on it. For primes I would buy a single wide lens, and a single portrait lens about 85mm. Wide: Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 vs Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Portrait: Rokin 85mm f/1.4 vs Samyang 85mm f/1.4 I plan on mainly shooting video: documentary interviews, b-roll, short films, etc. What do you guys prefer, zoom or ...

7 months ago

ANSWERS

Some of the Nikon F to  Canon EF adapters fit a little loosely. Look for the adapters that have a leaf spring - these fit well. Fotodiox Pro adapter (~$70.00) works very well, Bower adaptor (without the leaf spring) is loose. I use a Nikkor AIS 50mm f/1.2 as my normal prime - nice lens. Continue Reading

NancyP answered
7 months ago

If you are going to do video and considering non-AF lenses anyways; I would seriously look at Adapter+Nikon F-mount old Nikkor lenses.  You can pick one up for ridiculously cheap; you can follow the online instructions on how to remove the "f-stop clicks" so you get basically a cine-lens style no stop aperture.  You can probably pick up a Nikkor 50mm F1.8 AIS for $20.  I am sure if you swim around evil-bay you can pick up old Nikkor lenses in those desired focal lengths for pennies on the dollar. I was in Singapore a few months ago; and a tv station was filming there.  I walked over there to see what they were "filming" with.  Canon 7D + adapter + Nikkor 50mm F1.2.  I talked to the guy, only lens he has.  Shoots every single on location with that combo.  They filmed and then watched the review right away to see if they needed another take.  The combo worked amazingly well. So it's a cheap(er) alternative and suggestion if you haven't considered it.  If I was doing video; even though ... Continue Reading

Albert answered
7 months ago

Just a quick FYI. Rokinon/Samyang are the same lenses. Samyang is the Korean company and Rokinon is one of the names it sells its lenses under. Other brands they use are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samyang_Optics I have heard great stuff about the 85mm in particular and Samyang lenses in general. Never owned any though because they are fully manual lenses. While this would be great on a mirrorless camera due to things like focus-peaking and the WYSIWYG nature of EVFs, it's not ideal on a DSLR in my opinion. The trade-off though is you get excellent optical quality and mechanical reliability at a really low price, weight and size. On the general video recommendation front, sorry but I don't shoot enough of it to weigh in. Continue Reading

Pritzl answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

Focus ring short of infinity on Samyang 35mm 1.4. Any advice?

Hello I have a slight problem with this otherwise great lens that I love. When I open it on 1.4, 2 or 2.8, I notice that the focus ring reaches and stops on the infinity mark before the lens actually reaches infinity focus. Therefore when closely looking at the shot, the focus is 10-15 meters away and the far background starts getting just a tiny bit blurry. While playing with Live View and focus peaking, I notice clearly that the focus plane moves away while I rotate the focus ring and stops just short of infinity. So, my question is has anyone ever adjusted this lens' focus ring? On my old Samyang 85mm 1.4 there is an adjustment plate beneath the focus ring rubber and infinity focus is easily adjusted. On the 35mm though, I clearly see how the two white guides travel through the helical groove of the ring while focusing and stop at its end where the infinity mark is. Though, the actual focus is a little front of this point, so I'm wondering if there is a way to "move" it a bit ...

Allyx asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

I would Recommend a simple and cheap Marking for the Infinity Position. Like the white Line on this Lens: Continue Reading

Carsten Pauer 2 answered
2 months ago

The OP has the opposite problem, no? Continue Reading

AZ Steve answered
2 months ago

I'd think so to, but maybe the OP'er should try again and see if thats really the case, if so i'd take it back for a new copy. other wise the past infinity is quite normal, I'v also marked my infinity on the 14mm cine version which is so far off the real infinity that its almost a joke. Continue Reading

Rumle answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

Err on Nikon D800 when switching to LiveView

While I rely on my Sony A900 bodies and Minolta/Sony lenses for stills, I got a Nikon D800 when it came out. D800's main-sensor LiveView and clean video (that I use with Atomos Ninja 2) without any pellicle mirror were compelling enough to diversify the lens mounts. While I am super-happy with my first Nikon camera, to my amazement in some situations it locks up and shows Err. In all my years of using Minolta film and Sony digital slrs, with manual lenses etc., none of then have ever locked up once. I've opened the case with Nikon but as they are investigated, I wanted to consult with real Nikon users in the field. How the problem happens: when I switch my D800 to LiveView mode (either photo or video variety), 3 times out of 4 on average, it would for a split-second begin showing the LiveView picture but then the screen would go black and the top LCD would start flashing Err. By pressing the shutter to clear this condition and trying again, I can usually get it to work, but it takes ...

Alec asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

ironically, there is a thread running on this forum with just that problem! worth a read.. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52069863 Continue Reading

Alan Brown answered
1 year ago

All manual focus lenses (like the Samyang) have to be set to the smallest aperture and locked there. This will probably solve your problem. If not, try with another, preferably AF, lens, Continue Reading

mibadt answered
1 year ago

Michael, Thanks very much for replying. Are you suggesting I can't have DOF control with Nikon D800 and manual lenses? I've tried at varying apertures - it seems to lock up wide open or fully stopped down or everything in between. AF is utterly useless to me for macro or video. Video lenses have the gearing on the barrels that mate directly with follow focus, and other video specific features that I can't substitute in Nikon AF glass. The one Nikkor I have, 60/2.8 macro, locks up in manual focus mode just like non-contact lenses. The question I would like to understand completely is whether a), b) or c) is the case: a) I am doing something stupid - I *CANNOT* believe I am the only one using D800 with cine lenses of which there are plenty being sold in Nikon mount and none of which have auto focusing or electronic lens contacts: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ns=p_PRICE_2%7c1&ci=1884&N=4028759430+4237293402&srtclk=sort These lenses tend not to "breathe" (zoom) when you rack ... Continue Reading

Alec answered
1 year ago
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