EverydayGetaway wrote in post #18495063
I have the 21mm as well as the 12mm f2, and 85mm f1.4. I love all 3 lenses, absolutely stellar results.
The 12mm is by far my most used Samyang lens. It's really small, really light, and really sharp. The 21mm is all 3 as well (though a little longer/bigger than the 12mm), but it gets a little softer when focused closer to infinity wide open, stopped down a bit and it's sharp at all distances to my eyes. The 85mm is in Canon mount, because (like the 10mm and 16mm you listed) it's a DSLR designed lens so even in Fuji mount, it's the same size, so I just kept my Canon version and adapted it.
I've been thinking about getting the 50mm, but I might just spring for the XF 56mm instead, the low light AF ability would be useful in the events I shoot... I'm good at MF, but under stress I'm not sure I want to mess around with f1.2 at 50mm
If you check out the photo pages for the lenses you're interested in on Flickr you can find a huge pool of images and discussions for each. Surprisingly one of my images remains the header shot for the 21mm
I'm really thinking of the potential move at this point now that I know my lighting works and a single R2 controller enabled everything else I have/need. I'm currently interested in the Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 56mm F1.2 and Fuji 10-24 F4. If it were just one camera, ever, I would include a pancake lens of some kind (probably the 18mm F2) but having the X100S, I don't feel the need to get another lens to do that job (small, light profile, nothing more). But, I don't like the cost of these, even used, especially since they're not stabilized (the primes at least). I really am favoring MF lately, even in good light, just because it feels more natural, and having focus peaking is something I've not had, so it makes it so easy compared to what I was using before (precision super matte focus screens, I was able to do fine at F1.4 even, but I had some misses now and then too); with focus peaking I'm hitting it pretty much all the time and manual feels more intuitive to me when composing and not having to think about focus point placement, etc. So I started looking at alternative glass and the 12, 21 and 50 from Samyang/Rokinon were there at very good prices (even new prices). I of course went through the pools on flickr and stuff, just to see and everything looked in order. But display images are often someone's best image, and not just the average of what they manage in a shoot, and I tend to aim for what the bad situations are, as I know good situations and perfect focus and perfect everything will come out great, but I'm more concerned with the minimum or how bad it would be (so, if soft wide open, hard to focus with focus peaking, bad focus throw, other things, etc).
I think my main issue is, if I went that route, I also would be stuck with those lenses as the 2nd hand market for them is a lot slimmer than it would be for an AF Fuji lens. Definitely don't care to pick up $1k of lenses that are basically mine forever, if I find I don't like something after a few months or a year or more and change it up (such as eventually getting Fuji lenses maybe). I think I could live with the 12mm because AF doesn't even enter my mind when I'm ultrawide. It would mainly be being stuck with the 21mm and the 50mm in the Fuji mount and how hard it would be to move them later if my tastes changed.
I suppose there is the thought of using an adapter and just getting a Canon version of something like the Samyang 24mm F1.4 (instead of the 21mm F1.4) and the 50mm F1.4 or any other similar lens, and adapt it and even do the same with the 12mm or a 16mm and then adapt them. But, I also really don't like the idea of the adapter size, larger lenses, etc, which starts to defeat a lot of the purpose of wanting a smaller kit with smaller lenses and just have significantly easy MF (and if applicable, eventually, good AF with F1.2 and F1.4 without ever needing MFA again). And of course, I have my vintage glass to use too adapted (which is exciting with focus peaking).
I'm also curious about speed boosters (or basically focal reducers) for Fuji. I'd be very curious about it with the 80~100mm lenses, and some of the 35mm lenses maybe.