Rokinon offers affordable manual focus fisheye lens for Nikon 1-mount


posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM EDT


Looking for an affordable fisheye lens for your Nikon 1-series compact system camera? If so, the folks at Nikon Rumors have spotted one that might be of interest given a list price of just US$200 and the magical words "Made in Japan".

The Rokinon 7.5mm f/8 RMC fisheye lens doesn't appear on the company's own website, and seems to have been introduced in ninja stealth mode, with no official announcement that we can find. It sports a metal lens barrel and four all-glass elements, and has a manual-focus design. As a fisheye with a fixed f/8 aperture, and designed for a relatively small 1-inch sensor size, though, one would have thought that depth of field would be vast -- so precision focusing isn't like a big issue in the first place.


The lens will focus down to just 11.8 inches, and has a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 20.25mm. A petal-type lens hood is built in, and Rokinon's multi-coating is used. The lens weighs 7.8 ounces (220g), and has dimensions of 2.6 x 2.1 inches (65 x 52mm).

If you want to pick one up for yourself, preorders are now possible at B&H Photo Video. No availability date has been announced, but we'd imagine it can't be too terribly far away given that it's available to purchase.

(via Nikon Rumors)