Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 Remarkable

Chuck Wagon in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Rokinon 12mm f/2.8mm


During a recent Craig McCord Night Photography workshop at the Flying W Ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills , I brought along a newly acquired Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 full frame fish eye lens.  The workshop was to focus on night photography and I was reluctant to put into play the Rokinon fish eye, not yet having explored its potential.  My focus was properly on the workshop attendees.  However, the next morning I decided I would run it through a few paces with some test shots.

Wow, the tack sharp image quality blew me away.  I already owned the Rokinon 24mm f/1/4 and the 14mm f/2.8, both of which are fine manual lens and are high performers in photographing

Rokinon 12mm, f/2.0, 25 sec,

the night sky.  Already I could see this new 12mm fish eye lens  would be a great addition to my night shooting tool chest.  The lens is totally manual, but the manual focus is not a problem and in most cases you seem to have infinite depth of field.  There is very little field curvature issues and coma aberration is almost non-existent, a huge consideration in astrophotography.

Rokinon 12mm, f/2.8 Full Frame Fisheye

Price??   Well, that is another plus.  You can pick this jewel up for around $400 or less through B&H Photo.  You can probably get it even cheaper through Greentoe Name Your Price.  This is a far cry from say the Canon 11-24mm L for about $2800.

Filters:  Like most fisheye lenses, you can’t really  use filters without some rather expensive adapters and special filters.  I don’t really see this as an issue however because of how and when one employes this lens.

I could go on but I will leave it at highly recommending this as an addition to your equipment bag, especially if you like a little astrophotography.

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Rich Lewis

Nice examples from this lens. I have the 14mm f/2.8 and have been very impressed with it. The perspective of the 12 doesn’t see that distorted for a lens that wide, especially in the photo at the top.