Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 – Nikon gets Focus Confirmation Chip

Rokinon 35mm F/1.4
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Just talking about how well reviewed the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 lens was, and now here's a bit about the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4. First off, this is the same as the Samyang but since it's a different name, you'll save about $100 dollars off the retail price.

For Nikon, the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 lens actually has a 'focus confirmation chip' built in. Why did they not include this for the other brands? The Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 comes in at an excellent price range, and I would say very affordable. This new 35mm F/1.4 sounds good, but it's going to have some very very stiff competition. In this area you could still get the wildly popular Sigma 30mm F/1.4 for cheaper, and that comes with full Auto Focus.

The Sigma 30mm F/1.4 has already been proven out in the field and is a very sharp lens for cheaper than than the Rokinon 35mm. The Sigma 30mm is just a tad wider, but that's a good thing especially for cropped cameras. If prices don't change, in my opinion the Sigma is the lens to get. A quick note to Micro Four Thirds shooters - the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 has been discontinued for Four Thirds cameras. If you're considering this for a GH2 (would need an FT to MFT adapter), there might be a few left in retail spots like Amazon Here, or check a few eBay Auctions Here.

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21 thoughts on “Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 – Nikon gets Focus Confirmation Chip

  1. Alan

    The Rokinon (and his OEM cousins) are much sharper than the Sigma 30mm. Wide Open the Rokinon blows the Sigma to shit. The bad side is that the Rokinon did cost much less as first hit the in germany its 350-399 Euros (400-450 Dollars)....compared to the 199 Euro i payed for my Minolta mount.

  2. Sheldon

    So.. the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 can work on my T2i? plus it has a good resale value and/or upgrade to 5d because it can work on crop sensor and full frame.. am I right?

  3. Emm

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    @FieldHD - Hands down the 35mm L from Canon is the best of all mentioned. Of course it's also about $1500 dollars...

  4. I have both the Sigma 30 1.4 and the Rokinon 85 1.4 and hands down would chose the Rokinon over the Sigma for video work. The focus ring on the Sigma is WAY too stiff to do any kind of smooth focus pull with any sort of consistency. I was very disappointed with the feel of the Sigma. For photos however, it was a great tool with fast autofocus and produced sharp images. The Rokinon feels a lot more solid and the focus ring is butter smooth. It also has hard stops at each end which I like so you can get your focus points dialed in with a mark on the follow focus disc and never have to worry about your points drifting. The 35 1.4 is on the way from B&H and I expect nothing but good things but we'll see how it holds up this weekend.

    I'm selling my barely used Sigma for $400 if anyone is interested please e-mail me at

  5. Aberz

    If Im not WRONG , the sigma is only on crop frame. Getting these Samyang/rokinon or watever, is a bit more future proof, so I would say it has its edge against the sigm

  6. Hi Guys,

    Another plus side on the Rokinons is that being a fully manual they will work on any camera for which you can get an adapter. When I look at a lens purchase, and specifically one for video work, I think about all the camera bodies on which I may use that lens. For me this includes both the Canons 7D/60D and the Panasonic GH2. That said I use a Canon EOS to MFT adapter with the GH2. The manual aperture ring of these lenses gives me the control of DOF on the GH2 as well. Now can I use this in a Run and Gun shoot such as an event where I need to move and refocus quickly, no, but usage is yet another consideration before you buy. I own the Bower 85mm and use it on the Canons and GH2 often. The chromatic aberration is a little strong but for the money its really hard to complain. On the GH2 its a 170mm 1.4 which may seem long but when you need reach in a dark setting its great!



  7. Just out of curiosity, which would produce the sharpest image. Does the Rokinon sharpness compare with the Canon 35mm L ??

  8. Your'Z

    Don't forget the Sigma 30 1.4 is a DC so it will only work on small sensor !
    The rokinon work on big sensor… and also small one.

    Tested and approved on 5D and 1D.

    Cheers from Belgium !

  9. So, the Rokinons can work on a full-frame sensor? That was the dealbreaker for me because I thought they had only an EF-S mount.

  10. Is the 35mm Rokinon 1.2? I see it spec'd as 1.4. Always thankful for all the great products you're bringing up. BTW, did you see that EF to m43 adapter with aperture control? Do you think it will work?

  11. Chris

    while the sigma is cheaper, it should be said that it cannot work on a full frame camera, while the rokinon can.

    Also the rokinon has an aperture ring, which i feel is a huge plus.
    and from what else i've gathered from reviews of the 85mm 1/4 the rokinon line feels much more professional build quality overall than the cheaper sigma.

    just my 2 cents.

  12. Damen Stephens

    Oh yeah, the other thing you didn't note (which is very important) is that whilst the Sigma is "cheaper and AF", it does not cover "full-frame" whereas the Rokinon does ...

  13. Damen Stephens

    Just letting you know, the Rokinon is an f1.4 lens, not an f1.2 - I know you already know this, so it was just a typo to correct.

  14. J Toha

    Btw, have I mentioned that cheesycam is like my daily newspaper? 😉
    Thanks for the great work, mate!

  15. J Toha

    Emm, it should be Rokinon 35mm f1.4, not f1.2 as written on the top paragraph with hyperlink to BHphotovideo.

    I wonder why the Samyang brand is more expensive than the Rokinon's if they are essentially the same glass and functionality.

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