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Samyang/Rokinon/Vivitar/Pol​ar/Bower/Opteka/Falcon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF

 
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Nov 14, 2009 21:32 |  #1

I know many have this lens, in one of its brands (all of the listed brands are the same lens), and since it's available natively in Canon mount, I figured it deserved its own archive thread.

Mine is the Rokinon branded one:

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rok85.jpg

Owned mine about a week or so, and I have to say it's a very impressive optic, and very inexpensive, but the quality is near my old 85L at wide apertures.

A few samples, all wide open:

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/chloe_milk_juice.jpg

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IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/chloe_rok_crop.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rok85_bridge.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rok85_fence.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rok85_river.jpg

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Nov 14, 2009 23:02 |  #2

I've had the Samyang version watched on eBay for a while and I'd love to pick it up (with a focusing screen) but I'm not sure when I can or will. Looks to be pretty good wide open! This thread better not get too popular, I don't want any more convincing ;)




  
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Nov 15, 2009 03:14 |  #3

FWIW, I had the Samyang 85mm when I shot with a D700. For the price, I thought it was an excellent lens.

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Nov 15, 2009 05:36 |  #4

philcozz wrote in post #9017552 (external link)
FWIW, I had the Samyang 85mm when I shot with a D700. For the price, I thought it was an excellent lens.

Flickr pool is here: http://www.flickr.com/​groups/vivitar_85_14/p​ool/ (external link)

Comparing it to your 85/1.8 now, which are you more happy with? Were you content with MF or do you prefer it now that you have AF on the 85/1.8? The 85/1.8 is not much more money wise, or performance wise apparently, so I'd almost lean towards waiting till I could buy the 85/1.8 if I was really serious about buying this lens.




  
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Nov 15, 2009 07:38 |  #5

The Moose wrote in post #9017814 (external link)
Comparing it to your 85/1.8 now, which are you more happy with? Were you content with MF or do you prefer it now that you have AF on the 85/1.8? The 85/1.8 is not much more money wise, or performance wise apparently, so I'd almost lean towards waiting till I could buy the 85/1.8 if I was really serious about buying this lens.

Yeah, the Canon 85/1.8 is a really nice lens. Very different story (imo) with the Nikon 85/1.8. I had one of those and sold it for the Samyang, which I never regretted. The Canon 1.8 is simply a better lens (sharper and nicer bokeh), so when I made the switch I didn't really think about the Samyang. I didn't mind using MF, but obviously AF is a plus! Of course I'd like to have the 85/1.2 someday, but that's not going to be for a while (if at all).

All that said, the Samyang (Vivitar, Polar, etc.) is a real nice lens. Sharp wide open, lovely bokeh, and if you need 1.4 you have it.


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Nov 15, 2009 21:15 |  #6

Rokinon @ f/2 on a Canon 5D:

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Nov 15, 2009 21:28 |  #7

Wow, this is like the Elizabeth Taylor 85/1.4. Long list of names. ;)


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Nov 16, 2009 00:03 |  #8

philcozz wrote in post #9018078 (external link)
Yeah, the Canon 85/1.8 is a really nice lens. Very different story (imo) with the Nikon 85/1.8. I had one of those and sold it for the Samyang, which I never regretted. The Canon 1.8 is simply a better lens (sharper and nicer bokeh), so when I made the switch I didn't really think about the Samyang. I didn't mind using MF, but obviously AF is a plus! Of course I'd like to have the 85/1.2 someday, but that's not going to be for a while (if at all).

All that said, the Samyang (Vivitar, Polar, etc.) is a real nice lens. Sharp wide open, lovely bokeh, and if you need 1.4 you have it.

That's what I expected to hear. Thanks!




  
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Nov 16, 2009 15:21 as a reply to  @ The Moose's post |  #9

is the MFD shorter then the 85 F1.8? That's the only downside on the F1.8


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Nov 16, 2009 16:07 |  #10

The MFD is 1m, which is longer than one would hope for, but it does perform
well near the MFD.


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Dec 16, 2009 19:16 |  #11

Some more from tonight. At a local park, they set up a little 'lights village' with wood cutout houses and such. Made for some nice bokeh action. These are all wide open.

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/lamp_lights.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/lights_post.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/house_lights.jpg

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Jan 19, 2010 06:03 |  #12

I have a question regarding this lens. I read here (external link) that if you buy the Nikon version and mount it on a Canon 5D using a Nikon-Canon adapter that has a focus confirmation chip, you get focus confirmation on the 5D, whereas if you use the Canon-mount version of the lens you do not.

First-hand experience? Can anyone else confirm this?


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Jan 20, 2010 01:18 |  #13

ooztuncer wrote in post #9424267 (external link)
I have a question regarding this lens. I read here (external link) that if you buy the Nikon version and mount it on a Canon 5D using a Nikon-Canon adapter that has a focus confirmation chip, you get focus confirmation on the 5D, whereas if you use the Canon-mount version of the lens you do not.

First-hand experience? Can anyone else confirm this?

I cannot confirm this from first-hand experience, but I am sure this is true,
since focus confirmation is a function of the chip in the adapter and is
independent of the lens. When the camera "sees" an EOS lens (via the
chip in the adapter) it lights up the confirmation when focus is detected.

Personally I would rather avoid the hassle and expense of the adapter.
Focus confirmation is not accurate enough for f/1.4 shooting anyway, so
I have to rely on my precision focusing screen. However, it would be nice
to have it for lower light shooting.

Anybody else try the adapter route yet?


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Jan 24, 2010 18:46 |  #14

One from today, wide open:

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/chloe_drum.jpg

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Feb 03, 2010 15:48 |  #15

Just got this lens, very interesting, and very cheap since I bought it second hand, about 120$.

Tried a few shots with extension tubes, and I like the first pictures. Surprisingly it did not work with kenko TC 1,4pro.




  
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