In the manufacturer's? description of the lens on the Adorama site one is advised that "Shutter Lock must be disengaged on the camera's menu."Does anyone know what this means? Here is a response from Adorama to my query about this: "Based on information I was able to verify, it refers to some cameras having an issue when connecting to the lens. Causing the shutter to lock." B&H had no insight into the issue but assured me that their return policy protected me fully. Does anyone have a Nikon DSLR that has a shutter lock item in the menu or has anyone had experience with this lens? The optical package seems to exist in a wide variety of manifestations under various brand names so I would imagine any information or advice on the lens would be tentative, at best, but the "shutter lock" should be an easy one for those of you who have been through a large number of cameras.
I am in the market for a WA lens and this one seems to be front runner in the low price category. I would be using it on a D600 to fill out a 28-300, 55macro and 50 1.4 array. Tom
#1. "RE: Rokinon 14mm MF and "shutter lock"" | In response to Reply # 0newbird Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006Fri 26-Apr-13 06:39 PM
I've been using this lens for over a year with D200 and now with D800. Never had any problem and never heard of Shutter lock! I think you probably shouldn't worry about this (even the Adorama guy didn't know, so it is certainly not an important issue).
You wrote that "this one seems to be front runner in the low price category". Well, I personnally bought it because "this one seems to be front runner" amongst all WA lenses, including the famous Nikon 14-24 f/2.8. Based on several reports, it has two main advantages over the Nikon lens: it is less prone to flare and has less coma on the edge of the lens (something important for night sky photography). The biggest drawback in comparison to the Nikon lens is that Rokinon/Samyang has more distortion (a moustache like distortion). Not a problem for landscape (my main topic).
I bought this lens together with the Nikon 16-35 f/4 for the price of the Nikon 14-24. Result = better at 14mm for my needs, a zoom that extends to 35mm and which as VR.
I had a post describing my analysis about one year ago.
Hope this helps (even if it doesn't provide an answer exactly to your question).
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#2. "RE: Rokinon 14mm MF and "shutter lock"" | In response to Reply # 1Fri 26-Apr-13 09:09 PM
Thanks for the report, Yvan. It has been well reviewed and though I don't recall any reviewers having problems with the function of the lens, I am still curious about the reference to disengaging the shutter lock. Someone writing technical copy for that lens surely had SOMETHING in mind when the words were laid down. Mirror lockup I get, but the shutter is what? behind the mirror and in front of the sensor so how does disengaging a shutter lock fit into any conceivable camera operation. And how is it possible that a reference to an imaginary menu item, if that is what it is, has been passed over by so many eyes? Anyone have an idea of how many of these 14's might have been sold since they were introduced? Oh, and Yvan, from the photos on your webpage I can see that your recommendation of a wide angle lens carries considerable weight. Tom
#4. "RE: Rokinon 14mm MF and "shutter lock"" | In response to Reply # 3Sun 28-Apr-13 12:43 AM
That does make a certain amount of sense given the difficulty the eye has in determining focus with an UWA. Don't know if phase detection AF has the same problem, but I'll go with that until someone comes up with better. Thanks Alan.
#6. "RE: Rokinon 14mm MF and "shutter lock"" | In response to Reply # 3four eighty sparky Registered since 08th Apr 2011Tue 30-Apr-13 02:29 AM
>Perhaps it means to set the AF-C and AF-S priority selection
>to "Release" instead of "Focus". This
>would be in the Custom Setting Menu under Autofocus.
That's my thoughts as well. Otherwise, the camera will never fire as there's no AF confirmation.
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