Given all the options available to us in the cheap 50mm category this is one that has been sitting in a drawer for almost 10 years. The Rikenon 50mm f2 is really nothing that spectacular when it comes to the build quality but paired with the Fuji X-Pro 2 it actually looks quite good and handles fairly well. Made mostly of plastic on the outside it still feels robust enough for most situations. Purchasing this lens on eBay will only set you back $50 or $60 Canadian dollars but the resulting images make it feel like it’s worth every penny and more.
Often when I mount a vintage lens on my my XPro2 I feel as if it’s to large or look like it doesn’t belong. this is usually the fault of the adapter not the lens. In the case of the Rikenon 50mm it seems to balance quite well with the XPro2. One of the main reasons is that the K Mount adapter is quite shallow in comparison to others that I have tried, so in combination with a lens that is already only just under 1.5 inches in length. Combined the lens and the Adapter is only 2 3/4 inches in length which is still incredibly compact.
Handling the Rokinon 50mm f2 is quite good. The Aperture control had nicely defined Clicks from f2 (of course) to f16, but are still relatively smooth. The focus dial has smooth yet fairly short focus throw which allows you to find focus in less than 180 degrees.
Image quality is such a subjective topic. Somewhere between MTF charts, brick walls and endless shots of images at each f-stop lies what is actually important. Does the image tell the story you are trying to tell, does the lens capture the trueness of the moment or is the character of the lens visually appealing to the viewer. Those are the things I consider when looking at a lens review, HOW DO THE PICTURES LOOK!!! Do they look good? If so then it’s a good lens.
Thanks for reading my very informal lens review of the Rokinon 50mm f2, Please consider leaving a comment, I would love to hear what you think of this lens. Here are just a few more of the images I shot.