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New Rokinon 7.5mm f/8 RMC fisheye lens for Nikon 1 mount

Rokinon 7.5mm f:8.0 RMC fisheye lens for Nikon 1
Rokinon 7.5mm f:8.0 RMC fisheye lens for Nikon 1 mount
Rokinon 7.5mm f:8.0 RMC fisheye lens for Nikon 1 cameras
Update: BuyDig has this lens for $149 once you add it to your cart ($26 cheaper than B&H).

A reader sent me a link to this, apparently new, Rokinon 7.5mm f/8 RMC fisheye lens for Nikon 1 mount. I do not remember seeing an announcement for this lens. Anyway, here is some additional info from B&H website:

  • Nikon 1 Mount Lens/CX Format
  • Fixed Aperture: f/8.0
  • 20.25mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Expansive 162° Angle of View
  • Seven-Layer RMC Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Built-In Petal Type Lens Hood
  • Aluminum Alloy Lens Barrel

"Rendering a unique perspective for creative applications, the 7.5mm f/8.0 RMC Fisheye Lens from Rokinon is a manual focus prime featuring an expansive 162° diagonal angle of view. Benefitting the fisheye perspective of the lens is a 7-layer Rokinon Multi-Coating (RMC), along with a built-in petal type lens hood, which helps to minimize surface reflections and lens flare for greater image contrast and color fidelity in a broad array of lighting conditions. Further emphasizing the perspective-altering attributes of the lens is an 11.8" minimum focusing distance, which pairs with the manual focus design to help in accentuating foreground subject matter and emphasizing a unique sense of space.

This lens is dedicated to Nikon 1-series CX-format mirrorless digital cameras, and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 20.25mm. It features an all-glass four-element-in-four-group construction, and is housed within a durable aluminum alloy lens barrel with rubberized focusing ring.

Prime fisheye lens with a fixed f/8.0 aperture is designed for Nikon 1-series mirrorless digital cameras, it provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 20.25mm.
Expansive 162° diagonal angle of view helps to render unique perspectives and emphasize close-up subject matter.
Seven-layer RMC multi-coating reduces lens flare and ghosting for contrast-rich, color-neutral imagery.
Manual focusing design provides a minimum focusing distance of 11.8".
All-glass optical construction is housed within an aluminum alloy lens barrel featuring a built-in petal type lens hood."

Rokinon 7.5mm f/8.0 RMC fisheye lens for Nikon 1 mount specifications:

Focal Length 7.5mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 20.25 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/8
Camera Mount Type Nikon 1
Format Compatibility Nikon CX
Angle of View 162°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
Elements/Groups 4/4
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.56 x 2.05" (65 x 52 mm)
Weight 7.76 oz (220 g)
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  • Ken Elliott

    7.5mm f/8, yet has a focus ring? Might as well have click stops for “near” and “far”.

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Interesting idea. Even better if it had click stops but can still continuously adjust focus throughout the whole range. The far end focus would be hyperfocal, and near end focus would be enough so that objects at minimum focus aren’t too fuzzy.

      • sdss

        You might find this of interest:

        http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2014/02/olympus-9mm-fisheye-body-cap-lens-review.html

        This is a solution olympus used for their cheap F8.0 fisheye.

        • Sebastian

          Exactly.
          and that 9 mm f/8 fisheye is from Olympus, is super tiny, weighs a fraction of this Rokinon N1 lens, costs less, and actually uses a more complex optical formula.
          OK, it’s not a metal barrel or mount, but who needs that for this kind of lens?

    • BrainBeat

      Agreed focus rings on most ultra-wide lenses are mostly under used as most is in focus all the time but a few minor adjustments would be good to have. Add to that that it is f8 and on a small sensor and everything should be “in focus” about all the time.

      • Cheeses!

        Utter nonsense.

        • Roberto

          This lens should have rather been posted in a bycicle blog as a dispenser for bycicle headlights. Who needs a20mm equivalent fisheye with fixed aperture? But then who needs Nikon 1 altogether?

    • Captain Megaton

      It’s equivalent to 20 mm. Might as well have a focus ring. My Nikkor 20 mm (full frame) has one.

  • Plug

    With no aperture mechanism this should be really cheap, but is it wide enough?

    • MJr

      With 2.7x crop it’s 20mm equiv, so not really .. for a true Fish.

  • Michele Perillo

    So much for Nikon1 not getting enough attention..

  • Aldo

    This is what I need to get that creamy, dreamy bokeh.

  • whisky

    no electrical contacts? manual metering?

    • PW

      Yes, manual metering and no focus confirmation. Had hoped to be able to use “A”. Decent build quality and mounts very smoothly (unlike my 10mm Nikkor), also dramatically wider than my 6.7-13mm but unfortunately the skeptics were right and optically this thing is junk. Possibly suitable for CCTV in an Atlantic City hotel elevator but not much else. Mine arrived yesterday and went back to BuyDig yesterday.

  • Bokeh

    Can this be right, does the barrel say ‘Made in Japan’?

    • Sebastian

      It does. Another strange thing about what must be the strangest lens release of the year. 220 g?? An olympus 12/2 for a larger sensor weighs 110 g only.

    • Global

      Good observation — isn’t Rokinon a brand owned by Samyang (Korean optics company). Did they open a factory in Japan? If you look at Wikipedia — it seems that Samyang merged with a JAPANESE CCTV manufacturer — so its possible they have a factory in Japan:

      “In 2004 it was merged with the Japanese CCTV optical devices maker Seikou. Samyang SLR lenses are also branded as Vivitar, Falcon, Rokinon, Walimex, Bower, Opteka, Bell and Howell, Polar, and Pro-Optic.”

      • Guest

        If you look at Wikipedia — it seems that Samyang merged with a JAPANESE CCTV manufacturer — so its possible they have a factory in Japan:

        “In 2004 it was merged with the Japanese CCTV optical devices maker Seikou. Samyang SLR lenses are also branded as Vivitar, Falcon, Rokinon, Walimex, Bower, Opteka, Bell and Howell, Polar, and Pro-Optic.”

      • Spy Black

        No, Rokinon is a distributor. They can distribute products from any manufacturer.

      • Sebastian

        So that explains the sudden appearance of this lens that is so out of line with the high-performance stuff that Samyang has been releasing recently. It’s a repurposed CCTV lens, made by the Seikou part of Samyang.
        This lens may never show up under the brand name “Samyang”, since it seems that the company is trying to establish a more upscale reputation than they used to have.
        For example, see the 12 mm f/2 lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. That’s pretty advanced stuff, nano coating and all, and the thing is very good except for lateral chroma.

  • megadon357

    Neat to see a new lens for the Nikon 1. Not sure why’d I want this lens…

    • Captain Megaton

      Cheap fun.

  • Aldo

    d750 price? I need to know how many grams I need to sell this week…

    • doge

      $2499

    • Neopulse

      I’d say $3500 it’s gonna be worth (just my opinion)

      • Aldo

        It didn’t occur to me it could be more expensive than the d810… but it’s a possibility… This cam could be in between the d810 and d4s rather than in between the d610 and d810.

        • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

          That sounds a lot like something today’s Nikon would do.

          Have a cool camera? Charge too much for it *cough* Df *cough* V3 *cough*

          Have a cool lens? Charge too much for it *cough* 35mm 1.8G *cough*

        • Neopulse

          Definitely, it’s gonna be a down-graded body “D4x.” This to me is meant to replace the X line that they seem not to make anymore (just as they have canceled the Xs/Hs/H/X it seems over the years).

  • NikonFanboy

    hi admin

    tomorrow is when the legendary nikon 400mm 2.8 gets released….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MARkmqZnnmg

    • KnightPhoto

      I like the single-hood rather than old double hood. Good clip showing him handholding it like that.

      Holding out for the 600mm FL…

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Yes, they are already shipping. I will do a blog post shortly.

      • NikonFanboy

        hi admin–thank you;)

  • rensuchan

    This sounds fun to play around with… I use my Nikon 1 as my “extremes” camera anyway with the 6.7-13mm for extremely wide, and FT-1 with a 70-300 for extremely long… might as well throw a fisheye in for giggles.

  • Shutterbug

    There already is a quite similar OEM-Lens (at least in Germany):

    http://www.doerrfoto.de/Produkte/Article.aspx?productline=1853&articlegroup=3844

    • Kynikos

      Looks like another private label of the same thing.
      Why do you call it OEM?

      • Global

        As far as I understand, Samyang is a Korean optical company which makes OEM glass for multiple brands, including some that they own.

    • ylai

      The sample image in this link shows that the image circle is much larger than the CX sensor, which pretty much defeats the purpose of having this lens, over the rectilinear 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm, or using a larger sensor format fisheye with the FT-1.

    • spicynujac

      That appears to be the same lens. Rokinon = Bower = Samyang = this german lens

  • nwcs

    At f8 why not just make it fixed focus and charge less? Still, a nice option for Nikon 1 users.

    • Global

      I suspect because there are 2 main user groups of fisheyes: those who take images very close up (extreme distortion); and those who try to take in the whole world (warped wide angle). In either case, its better to be able to adjust the AF.

  • Neopulse

    Hmmm… I personally wanna see the image quality it produces, it gives one creative ideas of what they can do with such a lens. I have a couple of ideas, but there are people out there that shoot with fish-eyes often for lots of things. The AF ring looks like it rotates a few cms at the most.

  • Besamess

    If Micro 4/3 can get a 7.5mm F/3.5, why CX user are stock with an F/8 aperture lens ? ! Just prove again that m43 is a more serious player in the small sensor mirrorless game..

    • AnonyMoose

      Not to mention that on m4/3, 7.5mm fisheye actually makes sense, as it’s 15mm full-frame equivalent, while on CX it’s 22mm equivalent – that’s not nearly wide enough to warrant a fisheye.

  • TheInfinityPoint

    Really, $175 for a fixed-aperture fisheye on CX? I’d rather get the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 for DX which is usually $225 (which I have, and isn’t too bad at f/5.6 and above).

  • whisky

    $149 @ BuyDig once you drop it in the cart.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Good deal – I will add this to my post.

      • PW

        I actually got this price before B&H and BuDig revised it to $199. BUT I still don’t have the lens. First of all, though shown as in stock when I ordered it it was not – no big surprise there since B&H were showing it as a pre-order. Finally shipped a week later (last Thursday) by “Fedex” which turns out not to be Fedex Ground as one might reasonable assume but Fedex SmartPost which is so smart that so far the package has gone from Edison NJ to Allentown PA to Martinsburg WV on its way to Annapolis MD. Anticipated delivery is now Friday 9/12. EIGHT days for what would be one day by Fedex Ground or UPS and probably no more than 3 day parcel post. I really don’t see myself buying from BuyDig again.

    • Neopulse

      That is a reasonable price for it

    • Neopulse

      went up $50, dafuq? (even when i placed it in cart)

      • PW

        I ordered yesterday morning and got the $149 but even though shown as in stock my order is still processing in spite of claims to ship the same day. B&H price is now $199 too so if BuyDig does not honour my order I will not be a happy camper.

      • Chimphappyhour

        Yeah, saw that. Unfortunately, that’s $50 in the wrong direction. If this lens was $100, I’d do it. $150 was questionable. $200 for a repurposed CCTV lens is too much.

        • Neopulse

          Funny “CCTV lens” comment. And yeah, thought the same thing as you when it comes to pricing.

          • Chimphappyhour

            I wish I were being funny but that’s what all signs are pointing to. This seems to be made by a company that makes CCTV lenses and has been made to mount several different mount types.

      • whisky

        as of the time of this post, newly padded B&H price is $199.

    • PW

      Did you order? And if so is your order being fulfilled?

      • whisky

        i loaded the gun but didn’t pull the trigger.

  • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

    Awesome if it were waterproof for the 1 AW1.

    It’d be a serious GoPro alternative

    • Eric Calabros

      f/8 isnt too dark for underwater?

      • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

        Yeah, you’re probably right, especially on the One who’s sensor isn’t exactly low-light friendly.

  • peevee

    20.25mm equivalent? Not wide at all to be a fisheye, and f/8? For comparison, Olympus 9mm f/8 fisheye is basically a flat body cap, and much cheaper. There is absolutely no point in this mistake of a system.

    • Larrry

      I have to agree as the 20.25mm equivalent was the first thing I noticed. Then the fisheye distortion. 20.25mm equiv would be a great UWA rectilinear prime as I live with the 16-35 on my D610. My go to lens for real estate interiors, and usually the outside.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Hmmm, an aperture of f8 puts it in diffraction territory on the V3.

    • Plug

      I wondered about that. This is an idea that Nikon should copy. 5.5mm fisheye with a fixed aperture of f4 or f5.6 and manual focusing, AF is unnecessary or even undesirable with such a lens, to keep the cost low.

  • umeshrw

    According to canonrumours, the new samyang 50 mm lens is f-1.4.

  • Danonino

    Eh? 20mm in 35mm format is NOT fish eye. I repeat, NOT fisheye.

    • Dmitry Anisimov

      Fisheye is determined by field of view, which is dependant on both focal range *AND* distortion. This lens has extreme distortion

      • Larrry

        So basically, they failed at making a 20.25mm rectilinear ultra-wide angle prime and called it a fisheye.

        • Chimphappyhour

          The running theory is that this is a opportunistic rebranding of a CCTV lens. Supposedly the same lens is also rebranded for some of the larger sensors too. Which means it probably really should only be about $100 max.

      • PW

        Exactly! “Angle of view” is listed as 162 degrees which while short of the 180 (diagonal) of my Sigma 15mm FE on FX is still way wider than my 14mm Samyang (114 degrees). This is why I ordered one even though I have the 6.7-13 ( 18-35 equiv.)

        • Chimphappyhour

          And it is still a wider angle of view than the 6.7-13. (First thing I checked when I saw the fisheye moniker.) At 6.7, the FOV is still only 100 degrees supposedly. I was surprised by this.

          • PW

            The 6.7-13 is very good so I will have a good basis for comparison IF BuyDig honor my order. But since it is still “processing” 24 hours later I have my doubts. Has anybody else ordered this lens from BuyDig and received it – or at least got a tracking #?

  • Jason Joyce

    Must be popular, B&H moved the price to $199 overnight.

  • anonymous

    20.25mm is a fisheye? Wow. When will they release the 50mm equiv fisheye?

  • spicynujac

    As much as I love the idea of 3rd party lenses for the Nikon 1 system, and have personally bought 4 lenses for my AW1, not including its waterproof kit lens, I can’t see a place for this.

    (1) Using MF is difficult on the Nikon 1. I suppose with this lens it wouldn’t matter much, since it has enormous depth of field, you could just rotate towards one direction for far-ish scenes and towards the other direction for near-ish scenes, but if this lens lacks electronic connections to the body, I don’t see how you would even get focus confirmation to light up on screen.

    (2) The focal length of 7.5 is duplicated by the Nikon 6.7-13mm 3.5-5.6, which is also a faster lens. If you own the Nikon 6.7-13, why buy this slower 7.5 lens? The only thing it offers is fisheye, which is quite a niche and somewhat gimmicky feature. I’m guessing there is probably a way to convert an image to fisheye in software, making this lens completely unneeded.

    (3) Speed of f/8 fixed aperture reminds me of an old Vivitar f/8 500mm mirror lens I shot with back in the Canon film days. It was so dim, and you could only use it in certain circumstances, because you could only change one thing — shutter speed — to compensate. Manually focusing and even composing was difficult, given the poor visibility through the small aperture. Given the Nikon 1’s mediocre low light performance I would say this limits usage, although I imagine most fisheyes are taken outdoors where there is adequate light.

    (4) What does the marking “∞/AF” mean in the images above? Is it implying you don’t need to focus?
    (5) Yes, $150 is cheap but the Nikon 6.7-13mm for $500 including AF, VR, and variable aperture (at faster speeds) is still relatively cheap, and a much better bang for the buck. Plus it has been out, and discounted, and many already have it in the bag. If you are really going to make a MF, fixed aperture, no focus confirmation (I’m assuming) lens that is already within the range of a Nikon competitor, it’s probably going to have to be $100 to give up all those features.
    (6) Aluminum barrel, built in hood and multi coating are good. Please, Rokinon, I like your lenses, but make something that we will buy. How about an ultra wide angle. 6.7mm is currently the widest on the Nikon 1 system and is film equivalent of 18-35mm. Make a wider lens and I would buy it in a heartbeat (assuming the aperture and MF issues made it feasible)

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