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Ozone42
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p.1 #1 · Rokinon 85mm Owners?


Hi folks. First of all, let me say I love this lens. Very pleased with the sharpness wide open, the bokeh, and the color rendition. Maybe it's not as contrasty as an 85L, but it's also nearly an order of magnitude cheaper.

I'd like to hear about other people's experience using it. Likes and dislikes. In my experience the crucial weakness of this lens is flare control. It flares. A lot. I have a theory that this could be controlled far better with a longer hood. I've had good results holding my hand out to extend the hood it comes with.

Has anyone experimented with other hoods for this lens? Regardless, I want to see your shots using it. Here's a few of mine from Halloween.



















Nov 03, 2010 at 04:24 AM
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The biggest problem I had with the lens is the MFD is too long for me. Other than that it is a great lens.



Nov 03, 2010 at 04:53 AM
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Yeah, to me that's an annoyance mainly... though I have thought about trying some extension tubes.


Nov 03, 2010 at 05:07 AM
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I also wish it focused closer. I like it, but don't see a large difference between it and my Canon 1.8(which I have a very sharp copy of) so, I'm considering selling it and maybe try the 14mm. I do like the feel of it and the mechanical quality. Wish it was chipped to tell the camera the focal length and f-stop. I haven't noticed flare problems, but don't shoot into the light too often.


Nov 03, 2010 at 05:13 AM
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JohnBrose wrote:
I also wish it focused closer. I like it, but don't see a large difference between it and my Canon 1.8(which I have a very sharp copy of) so, I'm considering selling it and maybe try the 14mm. I do like the feel of it and the mechanical quality. Wish it was chipped to tell the camera the focal length and f-stop. I haven't noticed flare problems, but don't shoot into the light too often.



I have both. If you get the 14, be sure to get an AF chip to glue in it as focusing is a bitch due to the large DOF. That or you must focus wide open in live view magnified to have any chance at nailing focus.

Jason



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I have the Rokinon 85/1.4, Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 85/1.4, Canon 85/1.2L II, and Leica Summicron-R 90. The Rokinon has the best bokeh of all, especially with challenging background features, like small bright lights/highlights, or strong and fine structures, like sunlit branches and tall grasses. I almost always shoot the Rokinon, Canon and Leica wide open. I usually shoot the Zeiss stoped down to around f/8, for still life, landscapes and similar photos where very fine detail is required. The Canon is super fantastic wide open (except for the occassional bokeh and fringing problems), and the Leica rendering is often 'best' many people shots and images with lots of saturated colour. Overall, the Rokinon is a fine lens and relatively inexpensive, however, it's only 'best' performance is the beautiful way it handles very challenging bokeh.

Here's some comparison images. The first photo shows the entire image for a series of bokeh tests I did early this year with a 1DsIII, before I got the 85L II. The next two images show bokeh hightlights in the back left region (reflection off a bright surface) and the right-of-centre middle ground (refraction through a glass vase). These regions are identified by red squares on the full image. The lens names are shown in the window titles. All shots are wide open.

















Nov 03, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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The next two images compare the rendering of fine detail on the base of the small statue (f/8), followed by a more recent sequence comparing the Canon 85/1.2L II, Planar, Rokinon and 70-200/2.8L IS II (f/8).

















Nov 03, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 at f/2.0 on 5DMK2



-Roy



Nov 19, 2010 at 07:07 PM
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Dislikes about the lens:
1. Long MFD
2. Lens cap and hood(I replaced my hood with a knockoff Nikon HN-20 screw-in hood)

It does give some veiling flare wide open when shot against bright light, but I actually like that. The "rainbow ring flare" only appears when not using the hood.

Other than that it's perfect, my favorite lens. Also, it's killingly sharp at f/2.8.





Bokeh is delicious:




Nov 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM





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