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p.3 #1 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


Adapt it and test it for which you like better. The damage is already done, so make the best of it. You can astound the grandchildren with tall tales of the boke of the loser in years to come.


Dec 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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p.3 #2 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


Well, I haven't done any damage yet, the FD is untouched. But, I suppose I should test it out, or I'll always wonder. But, I really like the lens in general, and judging from Cogitech's samples, I like the Rokinon bokeh more, and infinity is not so bad either (But, I could always get infinity in LV).


Dec 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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p.3 #3 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


As much as it pleases me that my test is useful to you, I recommend to do the conversion and try it. You owe it to yourself to play with both. After all, the one I had was the SSC Aspherical. According to a bunch of old tests by Dim.Ka, there were differences (if only slight) between the SSC Asph and the FD L. He generally liked the SSC Asph better, as I remember it... So did I.

I would not hesitate to use either one for all my 85mm needs, to be honest. For me, the Rokinon won due to price and the slight edge in bokeh. If I hadn't needed the money, I'd probably still own the FD. f1.2 is cool, after all

At least the Rokinon isn't one of those Korean sweat-shop Sam Yangs we've all heard about!



Dec 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
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p.3 #4 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


cogitech wrote:
At least the Rokinon isn't one of those Korean sweat-shop Sam Yangs we've all heard about!


Is this a joke? Serious question.

The Rokinon is a Samyang lens...



Dec 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
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p.3 #5 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


DTOB wrote:
Is this a joke? Serious question.

The Rokinon is a Samyang lens...


Yes. A bit of an inside joke... Look for a recent "Poll Thread"....



Dec 18, 2012 at 02:16 AM
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p.3 #6 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


doh. I knew it had to be.


Dec 18, 2012 at 03:04 AM
 

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p.3 #7 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


cogitech, between yours and carstenw's advice, it feels like it makes sense for me to convert. I'll give it a go, and see which I like better. From your tests, it looked like there really wasn't much difference between the SSC @f1.2 and the Rokinon @f1.4.

Fun fact: Mine is in fact not a Rokinon or Samyang. In order to get it before release in the US, I bought it directly off a popular S. Korean website. The brand that they were selling was "Polar."
Not sure how fun that was...



Dec 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
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p.3 #8 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


They are sometimes branded Vivitar.

Even worse, in Germany they are also sold under the brand Walimex



Dec 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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p.3 #9 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


ewadler wrote:
Well, I haven't done any damage yet, the FD is untouched. But, I suppose I should test it out, or I'll always wonder. But, I really like the lens in general, and judging from Cogitech's samples, I like the Rokinon bokeh more, and infinity is not so bad either (But, I could always get infinity in LV).


I meant the damage to your wallet



Dec 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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p.3 #10 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


carstenw wrote:
They are sometimes branded Vivitar.

Even worse, in Germany they are also sold under the brand Walimex


Wow, one that I haven't heard of!

Another is Opteka, branded so for a specific US camera gear shop, AFAIK.

The best one I ever saw literally had no brand at all. Found them on e-bay a couple years back.

So, the list is:

- Samyang
- Rokinon
- Polar
- Walimex
- Vivitar
- Opteka
- "no brand"
- ....

EDIT: Ooops. Add Bell & Howell to the list. Just found it on the bay http://www.ebay.ca/itm/85mm-F1-4-Aspherical-Lens-for-Canon-T3i-T3-60D-50D-7D-5D-T2i-XSi-XS-XTi-/370601573334?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item5649933bd6&_uhb=1


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Dec 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM
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p.3 #11 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


cogitech wrote:
Wow, one that I haven't heard of!

Another is Opteka, branded so for a specific US camera gear shop, AFAIK.

The best one I ever saw literally had no brand at all. Found them on e-bay a couple years back.

So, the list is:

- Samyang
- Rokinon
- Polar
- Walimex
- Vivitar
- Opteka
- "no brand"
- ....



Don't forget "Bower"



Dec 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM
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p.3 #12 · Rokinon 85mm F1.4 wide open shots?


dills84 wrote:
Don't forget "Bower"


Sh!t. Knew I would forget one... So the final ( ) list is:

- Samyang
- Rokinon
- Polar
- Walimex
- Vivitar
- Opteka
- Bower
- Bell & Howell
- "no brand"



Dec 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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