From a bokeh-per-dollar perspective, the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens is a top choice.
The 135mm telephoto focal length combined with a very wide f/2 aperture can turn the image background into a creamy blur of colors with the viewer’s eye drawn to the isolated in-focus subject.
This for a Samyang-characteristic low price with great image quality not forsaken.
Some lenses are introduced and quickly revert to near anonymity, while others garner a great deal of photographer interest – even prior to their availability.
This lens fell into the latter category, which prompted me to promptly get my hands on one.
The reason for this interest?
The Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Lens is, by far, the least expensive tilt-shift lens available in Nikon or Canon mounts – and possibly the only tilt-shift lens option for other brand DSLR cameras (Sony, Olympus & Pentax).
Looking for a value-priced ultra-wide angle lens with a wide aperture that delivers sharp images across even a full frame sensor?
You may have found your lens – as long as only the most basic lens features are adequate for you.
This is a manual focus, manual aperture, manual exposure lens that does not report any information (not even the aperture used) to the camera.
However, the feature that matters most for most ultra-wide angle photography, image sharpness, is there and the very affordable price makes this lens a very attractive option.