Review Log #1: Rokinon 35mm F/1.2

I am going to start doing these quick and short review log entries as I am reviewing things going forward. It allows me to share some of my experiences with these products in ways that normally would not make it into my final review. The concept may evolve as I fine tune things, but I think this will be interesting for you all.

As you should know I am currently reviewing the Rokinon 35mm F/1.2, a lens that I have been wanting to get my hands on for some time now and that I was finally able to make happen this month. I’ve had a chance to shoot with the lens in one of my normal boudoir situations, some of the images you can find in my initial thoughts post. Today I wanted to give the lens a go in a different setting, and a day trip with my dad and grandpa to a nearby waterfall seemed like a great way to do that.

My biggest takeaway with this lens on this trip is just how special that F/1.2 look is on the Fuji, and even combined with manual focus it was a breeze thanks to focus peaking. I was skeptical that I would be able to get what I wanted with the lens due to having to slow down with the manual focus. I was, to a degree slowed down, but not nearly as much as I had thought I would be, and I was able to get the shots I wanted and I am really happy with the results.

Here are some SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) Jpegs from the X-Pro2. (Acros Green Filter with custom tone tweaks, and grain.)

Be on the lookout for at least a couple more of these review logs until I finalize and post my full review later on in January. If you want to pick up one of these lenses for yourself you can support this site and my work by purchasing via one of the links below.