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Rokinon / Bower / Samyang Construction Quality
However, in case you haven’t been reading online reviews as avidly as I have, it is no secret that Rokinon lenses aren’t the greatest quality when it comes to their actual construction. Simply put, plastic abounds. And not only that, but the overall construction quality is, well, hit-or-miss. Some would call it downright sloppy, I would just call it “low budget”. You get what you pay for, and apparently this is what it costs if you ONLY pay for image quality alone.
Personally, I can confirm this in the real world. No, I have not taken apart any Rokinon lenses. I mean I can confirm that “you won’t be using it for years”. You see, I like to go on adventures to very remote places, such as the Death Valley Racetrack, and visiting these places involves many many miles of very bumpy dirt roads. Even stored inside a nice padded case, going 50-60 MPH down a dirt road for a few hours straight will subject 100% of your gear to a nice good rattling. This is exactly what Rokinon lenses seem to hate most. (And for the record, Tokina ultra-wides don’t seem to like it much either!) In short, over the past few years my friends and I have collectively had to repair or completely replace numerous Roki-Bow-Yang 24mm f/1.4’s and 14mm f/2.8’s. They just don’t stay together.
A wedding shooter, unfortunately, may find themselves in the same predicament. Especially if you use a rolling hard case such as a Pelican, which are notorious for giving all your gear a nice “gentle” rattling over time.
They might not fall apart in your hands, but your lenses may eventually get soft around the edges. This is a classic sign of a de-centered lens element, which is very common among poorly constructed lenses that are susceptible to light but repetitive bumps etc.