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mclldavidson
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p.1 #1 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


I came across this lens on a site I buy/sell on and got it for 120 bucks, on amazon it showed to be at least twice expensive. I cant wait to get it in and try it, does anyone here have it? What do you think and can you post some pics you have taken with it(not all processed to hell and back)?


Aug 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #2 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


It's a nice lens. It is manual focus with good focus controls. The only real complaint I had was the minimum focusing distance was too long.



Aug 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
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p.1 #3 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4



I tried it for a few days. Nice build, pretty decent IQ, but very difficult to focus wide open. Turns out I am not as good as AF for anything that's alive, which happen to be the only things I want to take pictures of with an 85 1.4...



Aug 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


is that the same lens as the Samyang one.?


Aug 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


same as Samyang, Vivatar and many other names. Good lens except for the chromatic abberations.


Aug 23, 2012 at 01:28 PM
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p.1 #6 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Good lens. If you don't have a super precision focusing screen (i.e Eg-S for the 5DII), the MF can be rather difficult. Swapping the screen made a huge improvement in accuracy


Aug 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #7 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


jerrykur wrote:
It's a nice lens. It is manual focus with good focus controls. The only real complaint I had was the minimum focusing distance was too long.


+1 on the long minimum focusing distance. I find it irritating, but not a deal breaker.

nice lens, and you got a great price on it.



Aug 23, 2012 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #8 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Mchu86 wrote:
Good lens. If you don't have a super precision focusing screen (i.e Eg-S for the 5DII), the MF can be rather difficult. Swapping the screen made a huge improvement in accuracy


I think this is the main problem that many have. Stock screens are generally not good for MF and will not show accurate focus changes when the lens is wider than ~ f/2.8. This is a huge problem with this type of lens. A good screen is an absolute necessity IMO. After that it takes some practice and patience.

I have this lens and I regard it as one of my "art" lenses. In other words, when I want to take my time and get the composition just right this is a “go to” lens. When I want to take shots of my kids, then the 135L comes out with it's fast AF.

This lens is a good buy at the new price, but and insane deal with the price you paid. Very sharp and great bokeh.




Aug 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
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p.1 #9 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Well I have a 40d and no focus screen so when it comes in I will sell it


Aug 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #10 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


It's a fine lens. It has the best bokeh for "challenging" backgrounds of all 80mm - 90mm lenses that I've used on full frame DSLR, including:

Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80mm 1.9
Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80/2.8
Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80mm 2.8 N
Hasselblad Planar CF T* 80/2.8
Pentacon 6 Biometar MC 80/2.8 II
Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80mm 2.8 N/L
Mamiya-Sekor C 80/4 N Macro
Canon 85/1.2 L II
Contax Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85/1.4 MM
Helios 85/1.5 40-2 bk
Pentax SMC Takumar 85/1.8
Contax Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 85/2.8 MMG
Leica Summicron-R 90/2

I posted a comparison on the Alt forum a few years ago:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/952008/0&year=2010#9001461



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p.1 #11 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


mclldavidson wrote:
Well I have a 40d and no focus screen so when it comes in I will sell it


Let me know when



Aug 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM
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p.1 #12 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


What are you offering?


Aug 24, 2012 at 01:13 AM
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p.1 #13 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


mclldavidson wrote:
What are you offering?


Get a room!

(i.e. don't negotiate here, use PM or post it on Buy & Sell)



Aug 24, 2012 at 01:32 AM
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p.1 #14 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


hehe ya, I was expecting at least a PM or so, not an actual sale in here.

mclldavidson wrote:
What are you offering?


PM me once you have the lens, we can talk through PMs. Or you can opt to sell this in B&S forum here.



Aug 24, 2012 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #15 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Here are numerous informative threads regarding the Rokinon 85/1.4

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/829780/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/832704/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/756982/

I think my copy is not a particularly good one, but the lens has some nice qualities.
It is not very easy to focus with, because the transition between in focus and out of focus
is not very distinct. It has some of the same diffuse bokeh characteristics as the Sigma 50/1.4
and many people like that.

I have heard that it is similar in design to one of the older Nikkor 85/1.4 designs (Ai-S).
For the price, it's a very good way to investigate large aperture shooting. I would prefer
a good autofocus 85/1.4 that focuses quickly, but Canon doesn't offer one of those.

Tim




Aug 24, 2012 at 06:35 AM
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p.1 #16 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Great lens! I'm very glad I purchased one. The bokeh and[ sharpness is just amazing. It's one of my favorite lenses.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonjoo/7402764546/



Aug 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
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p.1 #17 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Mchu86 wrote:
Good lens. If you don't have a super precision focusing screen (i.e Eg-S for the 5DII), the MF can be rather difficult. Swapping the screen made a huge improvement in accuracy


+1



Aug 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
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p.1 #18 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


mclldavidson wrote:
Well I have a 40d and no focus screen so when it comes in I will sell it


Doesn't the 40D have LiveView? That is what I use with this lens on my 5DmII. Obviously LiveView isn't a great solution in all situations. But I use this lens for senior portraits. I don't use it all the time, but I pull it out for a shot or two on most sessions when I want a very shallow DOF. LiveView works great for that, but I wouldn't want to shoot a whole session that way.



Aug 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #19 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


I have one and like it a great deal. Amazing performance for the price.

On a 5D with s-type focusing screen it is ok to use, but i would not say it was easy to focus. I wouldn't try it on anything with a smaller VF for certain.



Aug 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #20 · Canon Rokinon 85 1.4


Is there a chip for this cam to get the exposure meter to move?

I got his lens yesterday and I agree that the minimum focus distance of a ~3' isn't cool but it has alot of potential, IMO. I understand the chip for AF beep confirmation. I would love a chip that gave me an idea if I'm over or under on the meter, BEFORE, I took the shot.



Aug 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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