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Old 08-07-2018, 09:15 AM   #1
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Question New Camera Lens Question - what to get?

I have a Sony A6000 - I had a full DSLR Cannon set up previously but it just became a pain to always lug it around.

I've been using the stock lens on the Sony for awhile but I miss having a prime lens.

I'm debating between 2 different lenses - mind you - i'm very casual photog - just looking for a lens of decent quality to expand beyond the stock lens

I've landed on these 2:

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN - $169
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BPZD0M4...v_ov_lig_dp_it

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Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS Ultra Wide Angle $349 though i recently saw it for as low as $279

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JD4TAWI...v_ov_lig_dp_it

I'm leaning towards the Rokinon - i mostly take landscape shots /sunsets and i like the idea of an ultra wide angle. The sigma is compelling for the price though the fstop isn't as good.

I've heard of Sigma but not Rokinon - any insight on these 2 lenses is appreciated...
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:51 PM   #2
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You can start by getting a proper Canon (again), and then get the new 24-105.

Oh, a prime lens. L series 50.

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Old 08-07-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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You can start by getting a proper Canon (again), and then get the new 24-105.

Oh, a prime lens. L series 50.
i thought about that but i really don't miss lugging that shit around haha
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:10 PM   #4
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The Rokinon is widely recommended as a great wide angle lens for the e-mount ecosystem. Check up on it but I believe the Rokinon is a manual focus only lens while the Sigma has AF. If you mainly shoot landscapes, I don't think the the 2.8 vs 2.0 is really an issue. You would probably want a smaller aperature for landscapes anyways.

However, if you decide to try and shoot some astro shots, I would choose the rokinon all the way!
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I am not a camera guy but from what I read on the reviews for the Rokino lense is that once you set it you should be able to not worry about redoing the focus all the time as it will go out from 3ft to infinity with one set focus.
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I use the Canon, sorry I know you dont have one, SL1. It's small. I purchased a 50mm 1.8, around 300 bucks. Best thing for social settings, kids, a primary subject with a blurry background. It's fixed but ideal distance is around 6-8 feet. Does not do well with group pics or wide shot, but I use my phone for those.
It's a small lense but it's still bigger than the SL1 body.
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Rokinon is decent, but they tend to be extremely soft when close to wide open. I’ve heard talk of really cheap old russian lenses being compatible with the Sony E-mount, and they provide a somewhat aged look to your photos.

If you had a Canon setup prior (EF mount) and still have lenses, I’d invest in an adapter (Metabones is the best) and utilize the glass you still may have.
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Rokinon is decent, but they tend to be extremely soft when close to wide open. Iíve heard talk of really cheap old russian lenses being compatible with the Sony E-mount, and they provide a somewhat aged look to your photos.

If you had a Canon setup prior (EF mount) and still have lenses, Iíd invest in an adapter (Metabones is the best) and utilize the glass you still may have.
i ended up going with the rokinon - it's pretty good but i haven't really spent a lot of time with it yet. Going full manual slows down shooting pace but when it's landscape - that's not that big of a deal.

So far for the price ($230) - i like it but i need more time with it
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