Rokinon has announced a new 16mm wide-angle manual-focus lens for DSLR and mirrorless cameras in both the APS-C and Micro Four Thirds formats. As a standard wide focal length with an f/2.0 maximum aperture, it is bound to please APS-C and Micro Four Thirds shooters who have been looking for just such a fast and versatile optic.
The 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS lens is available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Sony Alpha APS-C DSLRs and Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Sony E-mount and Samsung NX-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras. It is also available for Panasonic and Olympus mirrorless cameras with the Micro Four Thirds mount.
On Canon cameras it provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25.6mm and on the other APS-C format cameras, both DSLR and mirrorless, 35mm equivalency, as mentioned, is 24mm. This is the first design of such a lens from Rokinon, and a 24mm equivalent f/2.0 for APS-C format should certainly be appreciated by landscape and interior shooters or anyone who would like to utilize the extra speed and shallow depth of focus that the f/2.0 maximum aperture provides. On the Micro Four Thirds mount, the 35mm equivalent focal length is 32mm; still well within the wide-angle classification.
The minimum focus distance of the lens is 7.87”, ideal for perspective-bending close-ups. Its optical construction comprises 13 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to help minimize chromatic aberrations and produce sharper overall imaging. Rokinon’s UMC lens coating is applied to reduce reflections and minimize flare and ghosting. A petal-shaped hood is included to help deflect stray light.
Approximately 4.5” long for the mirrorless versions and 3.5” for the DSLRs, and weighing a bit more than a pound, it’s no pancake but the build is solid. An all-metal mount sits stably on the camera, its wide, rubber focusing ring has a nice feel and rotates smoothly, and the distance scale and aperture are clearly marked. The front filter diameter is 77mm.
Below are a few sample images taken with the 16mm f/2.0. However, I am looking forward to having some quality time with this lens so keep an eye out for our complete hands-on review in the near future.
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|Canon EF-S||Nikon F||Pentax K||Sony Alpha||Canon EF-M||Fujifilm X||Samsung NX||Sony E (NEX)||Micro Four Thirds|
|35mm Equivalent Focal Length||25.6mm||24mm||24mm||24mm||25.6mm||24mm||24mm||24mm||32mm|
|Angle of View||79.5º||83.1º||83.1º||83.1º||79.5º||83.1º||83.1º||83.1º||67.6º|
|Minimum Focus Distance||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)||7.87" (20 cm)|
|Lens Elements Groups||13/11||13/11||13/11||13/11||13/11||13/11||13/11||13/11||13/11|
|Maximum Diameter||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)||3.4" (86mm)|
|Length||3.52" (89.4 mm)||3.42" (86.9 mm)||3.46" (87.9 mm)||3.5" (88.9 mm)||4.54" (115.3 mm)||4.55" (115.7 mm)||4.25" (107.9 mm)||4.54" (115.4 mm)||4.5" (114.2 mm)|
|Weight||1.29 lb (583 g)||1.26 lb (571 g)||1.27 lb
|1.27 lb (575 g)||1.35 lb (613 g)||1.36 lb (615 g)||1.33 lb (605 g)||1.35 lb
|1.34 lb (610 g)|