Fuji 14mm or Rokinon 12mm?

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  1. SquarePeg

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    I've recently run into a need for a wide angle lens. It definitely won't be a heavy hitter in my bag but I do shoot the occasional landscape and need something wider than the 18-55. I've been waffling back and forth between these 2 options. Leaning toward the 14mm only because of the AF - not sure if MF with the 12mm will be good with my eyesight. I can MF the 60mm or the Lensbaby 56 because I'm usually in close with those. I've never used manual focus for landscape photos, I worry I'll be struggling to get decent focus because it will be too far away for me to make out details.

    I've found a mint used copy of the 12mm for $230 or a 14mm with some external marks for $425.

    Who owns or has used these? Thoughts? Anyone tried both?


     
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    Thoughts? Rokinon...a brand of lens that, a few years ago, was sooooo poor on quality control that lensrentals.com quit including their products in their annual list of malfunctioning lenses; the SamiRokiBowe lenses were horrible on quality control (Samyang,Rokinon,Bower,Vivitar-SAME stuff,different importers/distributors).

    Rokinon has designed some very sharp lenses, at low retail prices, for sure. VERY sharp, good performers optically, but anecdotally, metric feces-tonnes of breakdowns...all across the internet the stories are there about the 30- and 60-day SamiRokiBowe lifespan horror stories. However-the prices are VERY low compared against say a Canon or Nikon 14mm lens, so....

    Manual focus f or distant scenes will be a matter of setting the lens to Infinity, or slightly inside Infinity.Done. Huuuuuge depth of field with a 12mm or 14mm. At close ranges, 3 meters or so ought to do the trick. At intermediate distances, 5 meters ought to be a fine distance.
     
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    I'm going to be listing my 10-24 for sale in the coming days. It's a great lens, I just don't like how large it is on my X-T20, and I find myself preferring my D810 for wide angle work.

    It isn't one of the two you listed, but I'd cut you a heck of a deal on it. Shoot me a DM if you're at all interested, I'll give you first shot at it.
     
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    Peg, have you considered the 10-24? I've read it has fantastic OIS, and a super lens. I have seen some great images from it on flickr and x photographer websites.
     
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    I had the Rokinon 12mm and it's a super sharp lens (f/4 onwards). It was well made and super cheap at $200! Great for sky shots, landscapes (focus to infinity) - BUT the kicker you will find is having to change settings in your camera every time you want to use it. You need to set the camera to "shoot without a lens" and that gets tedious when you switch lenses. You'll forget to do it, and then in a rush you won't find the setting until you google it lol.

    But, the lens itself, is cheap and worthwhile for casual shooting.
     
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    I would skip the Rokinon; if you get a good one, you're fine, if not... With what I've seen and heard of Fuji glass, I would DEFINITELY spend the extra, even if it's not a 'daily driver'.
     
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    I have to do that for a couple of my adapted lenses. Honestly, I changed it once and never changed it back and it has made absolutely no difference when I shoot with a Fuji lens and have "shoot without lens" set as yes.
     
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    I agree, makes no difference with Fujifilm mirrorless.
     
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    Man, I've had to do that on my XPRO2 and XH1 - It wouldn't autofocus once I switched back to Fuji AF lenses. I had the latest firmware at the time, too - bah hey - I'm no expert! :)
     
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    I can see that would be a pita. Have not had that issue with the XT-2 and I use several non Fuji lenses switching back and forth without making any changes to the settings other than changing from AF to MF so I can get focus peaking to work.
     
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    Went for the 14mm. For the price, I can surely break even on a resale if I don’t like it and I see a lot of used Rokinons available for sale should I decide I need wider. I had the tokina 11 to 16 mm and always felt like I was too far away at 11, so hoping the 14 mm is wide enough for me.

    .thanks all for the input.
     
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    14mm arrived today. Seems to be working great and just the originally disclosed external marks. Just a few quick test shots of the dog but sharpness looks good! Excited to use this on some fall landscape shots.

    On a related note - I now have 3 Fuji lenses that are 58 mm filter size. The 14 mm, 18-55 mm and the 50-230 mm. I think this makes a decent landscape/seascape kit. I want a screw on circular ND filter(s). Suggestions? Something stackable I think...maybe a 3 and a 6...
     
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