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Old Dec 1, 2011, 1:25 AM   #11
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Probably more a cost-thing than anything else. It is a manual focus lens, and yes, it does use the micro mount, so no adapter needed, just like the 25mm f0.9 Voigtlander-branded lens that Cosina makes in micro mount. So far the only two companies that make AF lenses in native micro four-thirds mount with full electronic communication are still Olympus and Panasonic.

I believe it is an open format and mount, but it's not like a company such as Tokina or any other third-party company can just take a lens they currently make in every other mount and simply reverse-engineer the mount for micro four-thirds, because their lenses would be way too big. They'd have to make all new lenses to fit in with the smaller micro four-thirds size. Probably a pretty expensive thing for them to do unless they think they could sell a high enough volume of lenses to justify the cost.

By avoiding the AF technology and electronics to speak with the body, its' no doubt this fisheye is a much less costly lens to make, which allows them to sell it at $299 compared to the over $600 the Panasonic 8mm f3.5 fisheye costs.

With this Samyang/Rokinon fisheye, there's very little manual focusing that really needs to be done. I pretty much left it set on infinity focus in all these shots I took with it and just stopped the aperture further down when I got closer to something. The next marked distance on the focus ring after infinity is .8 feet, so there's little focus adjustment that ever needs to be done for anything beyond 3-4 feet other than just leaving it set to infinity and the one time I wanted to be exact, with the closeup of the Longhorn statue, I just used the manual focus enlargement assist to make it easy to know when I was precisely "in focus".

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Old Dec 1, 2011, 9:40 AM   #12
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10 Days? YUK!

I know there are some Olympus dealers in Canada. The problem is, only the larger ones would probably carry the exotic third-party stuff like these Samyang/Rokinon lenses.

I noticed B&H is now out of stock on the silver Rokinon. The one I bought from them may have been the only one they had.
I had to order from Amazon US since I found nobodyin Canada and my usual local camera store didn't come back to me soon enough about it. It was shipped yesterday so the waiting game started...
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Received the Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 ... and it is plain fantastic ! Now I need to try it seriously!
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Congrats! I'm looking forward to seeing some images.
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Between the Rokinon and the 17mm, you're going to be busy. Post some images when you can!
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folob, have fun! It's superb - like all Samyangs.












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Old Dec 19, 2011, 5:25 PM   #17
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I'm just beginning to work with it ...
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Cool! Nice shot. Great subject for this lens. Nice thing is, of you keep it level both horizontally and vertically, you can cover an extreme subject with little distortion, or, tilt the thing and go wild with it.
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Nice capture! I procrastinated and missed buying this lens from Amazon. Now they're temporarily (or so I hope) out of stock. I know other online retailers still have it but I got $100 gift certificate from Amazon so...I just have to wait. I could buy from Cameta but I don't trust them.
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Well ... I got it from Amazon but via Cameta. I had no problems getting it even if I was unable to track it (problably a country thing). The packaging was ok and the lens in good shape
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