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Apr 06, 2016 19:03 |  #1

Anyone here tried one of these on the Nikon - I'm curious how good the AE is and how you guys found it.

I've played with the 70-200 2.8 on MF and it didn't seem that bad, and that was on day one, so I'm being more and more drawn to the Samyang.



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Apr 08, 2016 18:24 |  #2

John_N wrote in post #17963156 (external link)
Anyone here tried one of these on the Nikon - I'm curious how good the AE is and how you guys found it.

I've played with the 70-200 2.8 on MF and it didn't seem that bad, and that was on day one, so I'm being more and more drawn to the Samyang.

With my D810, it worked really well :)
Exposure was spot on. Even the green rangefinder dot was pretty accurate.


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Apr 09, 2016 05:36 |  #3

Thats great - thank you.



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Apr 09, 2016 08:21 |  #4

I'm thinking about picking one up. After manual focusing with the 200 f2 ai-s the lighter Samyang 135 f2 ought to be easy.


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Apr 09, 2016 08:35 |  #5

From what I've seen of IQ comparisons the Samyang is very, very good too. I've got a Samyang 85mm and the focus ring on that is nicely damped. I would expect the 135 to be similar.


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Apr 09, 2016 08:58 |  #6

Thorrulz wrote in post #17965712 (external link)
I'm thinking about picking one up. After manual focusing with the 200 f2 ai-s the lighter Samyang 135 f2 ought to be easy.

It would be interesting to see how it compares with your current 135



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Apr 09, 2016 10:59 as a reply to  @ John_N's post |  #7

Thorrulz wrote in post #17965712 (external link)
I'm thinking about picking one up. After manual focusing with the 200 f2 ai-s the lighter Samyang 135 f2 ought to be easy.

It's kind of strange but since I picked up the two 200 f2's, one manual with the other being the vr1 I haven't even looked at the 135 f2 DC. When I shot Canon my 135 f2 was one of my most used lens but now I usually just go from my 85 f1.8G to one of the 200's without even thinking about reaching for the 135mm focal length. I'm looking at picking up the Samyang sometime in late May so I'll post some comparison photo's then along with my thoughts on how easy or difficult it is to focus with the manual only Samyang.


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Apr 09, 2016 11:03 |  #8

I don't think I'd trust myself manually focusing. :oops:


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Apr 09, 2016 11:35 |  #9

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I don't think I'd trust myself manually focusing. :oops:

For portraits and slower moving objects manual focusing is a breeze with the 200 f2 ai-s I own. That particular lens was made with the emphasis on attaining focus easily with that big, beautiful smooth as butter focusing ring. The Samyang may or may not be as easy to work with while manual focusing but I will check that as well as the optics between the 135's.


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Apr 09, 2016 12:02 |  #10

Thorrulz wrote in post #17965901 (external link)
For portraits and slower moving objects manual focusing is a breeze with the 200 f2 ai-s I own. That particular lens was made with the emphasis on attaining focus easily with that big, beautiful smooth as butter focusing ring. The Samyang may or may not be as easy to work with while manual focusing but I will check that as well as the optics between the 135's.


I mean I don't know if I'd be able to get a real good look thru the view finder to make sure my focus was sharp...Don't trust my eyes in the VF i guess.


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Apr 09, 2016 13:10 |  #11

When I was seeing how good I am at manual focus I used the 70-200, but was watching the green focus confirm dot in the viewfinder and it was pretty easy - that said I was just watching the dot, not the subject, so I'm hoping that in time it will be like changing gears in the car - I can do it without looking directly at it.



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Apr 13, 2016 23:03 |  #12

Here is a thread relating to the 135 that might be helpful.

https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=1429​540&page=2


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Apr 13, 2016 23:08 |  #13

Doesn't it depend on the camera model?

From what I've read the low end nikons dont meter with manual lenses.

Been years since I shot Nikon so I dont have a clue, but I do remember reading that.


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Apr 14, 2016 00:50 as a reply to  @ maverick75's post |  #14

I'm not sure myself, but I believe that metering should be fine regardless of the camera used (film or digital). I used a Rokinon 35 on a Canon 5DII and it metered fine despite the Canon versions not having any digital contacts and same with the Sony and Fuji Mirrorless cameras.

When I had the D750, I had no issues at all with it metering. Otherwise I'm sure someone would have reported a manual focusing lens not metering properly on an older Nikon body.

Hope that helps :)


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Apr 14, 2016 03:38 as a reply to  @ Bond_Savingsbond's post |  #15

This Samy 135mm f/2 is optically a stunning lens. Wide open the resolution and contrast (+bokeh) are top notch. And it has close-focus abilities (0.8m).

I use the FE version since some weeks on sony A7 and I'm very, very impressed. Of course you have to deal with the manual focus...

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