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300mm Mirror Lens with F6.3 Aperture
Constructed of 9 elements in 9 groups
Designed for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras
Minimum focusing distance 2.95 feet; angle of view 5.4 degrees on Canon M, Fuji X and Sony NEX, 4.2 degrees for MFT
The Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens is Rokinon's first mirror lens designed for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. These cameras include the Olympus Pen Cameras, Sony NEX cameras, Fuji X & Canon M cameras. Constructed with 9 element in 9 groups, this compact lens fits proportionately to your camera and is the perfect size. Sharp optics, using both refractions and reflections, provide the user with an extremely sharp picture with Minimum color aberration. This Rokion mirror lens features a fast F6.3 aperture for much brighter images. This lens is strong and powerful, ideal for sports, nature & wildlife photography.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'd read positive and negative things about mirror lenses in general. Decided to try this one, least expensive way to get to 300mm on Micro 4/3. It is manual focus, and fixed aperture. Turns out that's easy to use. I believe "shoot without lens" was already on. So all I had to do was set aperture priority, f/6.3. There are a couple of ways to make the view magnify to help in manual focus, I like left button on the controller, then center (on my Panasonic G10, may differ on other micro 4/3 cameras). Pictures have been surprisingly good even hand held as long as the shutter speed is high enough (1/500 second). Contrast is better than I feared it would be. I used to have a film SLR where every lens was manual focus. Using this felt natural, almost nostalgic. I was surprised by that. Results in daylight of all very distant scenery, or of something close but with a very bland background, are very good. However, you know out of focus points of light turn into donuts...
I am comparing this to my Nikon 100 to 300 mm zoom. Both are manual focus however the Rokinon weighs one 10th as much. And is one quarter the length. They both are about the same sharpness, but I find the Rokinon easier to use. I use them on my Sony NEX-6.
As a budget lens, this defiantly adds to my tool bag. It does have it's down sides, but for the price point, its defiantly worth it. If you can afford a better lens, then spend the extra money... But if you need a super telephoto lens for cheap, this is a good option. It can produce reasonably sharp shots with the right conditions. While I don't like the donut bokeh, it can be minimized by not shooting directly into bright light sources. The lens can be a tad bitt hard to focus though, as the focus ring is super sensitive and the depth of field is relatively shallow. Overall, I think its a pretty decent lens
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