Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon

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The Rokinon (AKA Samyang, AKA Bower) 35mm f1.4 is a manual focus lens with focus autoconfirm chip built in. It has created a lot of conversation being a sharp wide-aperture prime lens at an incredibly attractive price point. It uses hybrid aspheric elements (molded aspheric attached to ground glass) to hopefully give the advantages of aspheric elements without the high cost usually associated with such lenses.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

It’s quite sharp in the center and the autofocus confirmation chip is reasonably accurate. The focus ring is really quite smooth and accurate. The barrel is plastic so it’s not going to hold up quite as well, perhaps as a brand name lens, but it seems quite well made. The edges are a bit soft on a full-frame, and it does have some noticeable barrel distortion, but given what it is for the price it’s a great bargain.

I don’t really care for it at f/1.4 but I like it very well stopped down to f/2.0. I hate to get nonscientific, but it’s not just that it’s less sharp wide open, it also has a bit of a harsh look. Maybe some astigmatism or spherical aberration that disappears when you stop down a bit. It’s not a 35 f/1.4 replacement, but it’s a very nice lens at an excellent price if you don’t mind manually focusing.

Filter Size
1.0 lb.
Minimum Focusing Distance
1 foot
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
43 degrees (full frame sensor)
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Focusing System
Internal, Manual only
Aperture Blades
8 curved, octagonal
Low Dispersion Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Nikon F
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Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $9.00 $36.00 $45.00 $15.00
4 days $10.00 $38.00 $48.00 $12.00
7 days $13.00 $51.00 $64.00 $9.14
10 days $18.00 $69.00 $87.00 $8.70
14 days $23.00 $89.00 $112.00 $8.00
21 days $31.00 $120.00 $151.00 $7.19
30 days $38.00 $150.00 $188.00 $6.27
45 days $50.00 $196.00 $246.00 $5.47
60 days $59.00 $230.00 $289.00 $4.82
90 days $75.00 $296.00 $371.00 $4.12
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $36.00 $12.00
4 days $38.00 $9.50
7 days $51.00 $7.29
10 days $69.00 $6.90
14 days $89.00 $6.36
21 days $120.00 $5.71
30 days $150.00 $5.00
45 days $196.00 $4.36
60 days $230.00 $3.83
90 days $296.00 $3.29

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