Any Rokinon 85mm 1.4 users here? Considering it over Canon 85mm 1.8 and other portrait lenses

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by shaolin95, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Hi all!
    I sold my SEL50F18 before and I do have a Rokko X 50 1.4 so I was thinking on getting the 50 again but perhaps a 85mm makes more sense. The Sigma 60mm does not have as nice a bokeh as the 50 imho so I am looking at Rokinon and Canon FD 1.8 right now.
    Anyone has the Rokinon and even better, any comparsions vs the Canon FD 85mm 1.8?
    Thanks
     
  2. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
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    Kevin
    They are both nice. Rokinon is bigger and focus throw is longer. Canon is also nice.


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  3. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    My canon fd 85 1.8 has a sticky aperture witch causes me to lean toward the Rokinon. It's not as sharp wide open as the canon but it is a 1.4. Next stop is 2. It's a great lens. Probably my favorite that they make. Close to the 35mm in quality.


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  4. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 13, 2013
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    I love the Rokinon 85, though it takes me a while to get used to it each time, as the focus and aperture rotate the opposite way from most A-mount lenses. :p I use it on the A7 and have used it on the Nex 7 as well, with great results. Here are a couple portraits I took last weekend at my sister's wedding rehearsal with the 85 on the A7. Those were at 2.8 I believe. The last one, from last year, is wide open on a Nex 7.

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    (Man, this site sharpens the crap out of uploaded pictures)
     
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  5. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Very nice pics, thanks for sharing!
     
  6. ilovehatephotography

    ilovehatephotography TalkEmount Regular

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    May 30, 2014
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    Ed
    Is reaching critical focus with the 85mm @ f/1.4 impossibly slow/difficult?
     
  7. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 13, 2013
    Pittsburgh
    It definitely takes some practice in MF and usually the focus peaking alone won't get you there--magnification is usually necessary. I don't often shoot it wide open, and focusing obviously becomes much easier as you stop it down. One of the things I like most about using MF lenses in conjunction with an EVF is the fact that as you stop it down the blades don't wait for the shutter press to move, so you immediately see and focus in the proper depth of field. (Using the rokinon lenses with an OVF is way more of a pain in the ass).
     
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  8. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Well I am also thinking about the Rokinon 10mm as I like ultrawide a lot too and while I have been dealing with the SEL16F28 with adapters, I wouldnt mind a sharper image overall on the corners when stopping down. :)
    So make that two Rokinon now in my mind :D