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05-06-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF - samples

I haven't really had a chance to go to a place to get a decent shot with the lens, yet. Here are 3 examples from a quick walk today;

No PP except a small USM and resize.

f/1.4



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There's just something about this lens that just turns me off. I know it's completely irrational. It's only ~$260 lens brand new, extremely fast, MF, great build quality, great sharpness and colors. It's everything I want in a lens and more. yet I refuse to buy it. Instead, I've spent the same money on an older and slower S-Takumar 85mm f1.9.

What the hell is wrong with me? Based on everything I've seen, it's an amazing lens in every regard.

BTW, really like the 3-D effect on the bench photo.
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Here is one of my daughter and son at f/2.4, I got co-operation ;-)

I got as close as possible, about 1 meter.




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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
There's just something about this lens that just turns me off. I know it's completely irrational. It's only ~$260 lens brand new, extremely fast, MF, great build quality, great sharpness and colors. It's everything I want in a lens and more. yet I refuse to buy it. Instead, I've spent the same money on an older and slower S-Takumar 85mm f1.9.

What the hell is wrong with me? Based on everything I've seen, it's an amazing lens in every regard.

BTW, really like the 3-D effect on the bench photo.
Maybe it's the price of the new lens that puts you off. Too inexpensive for an 85mm f1.4, New, and you're equating inexpensive with cheap.



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Maybe it's the price of the new lens that puts you off. Too inexpensive for an 85mm f1.4, New, and you're equating inexpensive with cheap.

ROFL ~
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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
There's just something about this lens that just turns me off. I know it's completely irrational. It's only ~$260 lens brand new, extremely fast, MF, great build quality, great sharpness and colors. It's everything I want in a lens and more. yet I refuse to buy it. Instead, I've spent the same money on an older and slower S-Takumar 85mm f1.9.

What the hell is wrong with me? Based on everything I've seen, it's an amazing lens in every regard.

BTW, really like the 3-D effect on the bench photo.
some people might call you a pentax snob

I have this (Vivitar version actually) , and also a super tak F1.9.. They behave differently but for a brand new lens, with an incredibly fast aperture and very very sharp (IMO) it is a good lens and shoud be given the credit it's due.

here are some samples posted previously
Note that all of these are JPEGs right out of the camera No PP at all except for resizing to upload and crop (in the last example)


85mm F1.4 shot wide open at minimum focus distance


More normal use of a fast 85, candid street shots at a distance Shot at F2.2


Here is a 100% crop out of the above photo showing sharpness
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
some people might call you a pentax snob
I'm a total snob (sucker) for old prime MF lenses. It's all I have/use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
I've spent the same money on an older and slower S-Takumar 85mm f1.9.
Damn you. Damn you to HELL!!!


(Kind of an inside joke, guys.)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
some people might call you a pentax snob

I have this (Vivitar version actually) , and also a super tak F1.9.. They behave differently but for a brand new lens, with an incredibly fast aperture and very very sharp (IMO) it is a good lens and shoud be given the credit it's due.

here are some samples posted previously
Note that all of these are JPEGs right out of the camera No PP at all except for resizing to upload and crop (in the last example)



More normal use of a fast 85, candid street shots at a distance Shot at F2.2


Here is a 100% crop out of the above photo showing sharpness
Lowell, excuse me for deleting the flower shot (I hate flowers), but these are WONDERFUL. And the 100% looks great!

Gee, too bad Hangu wasted his money on some old piece of crap when he could have had something THIS nice for the SAME money and it's NEW.
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Lowell, excuse me for deleting the flower shot (I hate flowers), but these are WONDERFUL. And the 100% looks great!

Gee, too bad Hangu wasted his money on some old piece of crap when he could have had something THIS nice for the SAME money and it's NEW.
You know what? I'm going to the Botanical Gardens with my new S-Takumar 85mm. Then, I'll spam the Takumar Club thread with flowers every single day for a month.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
Lowell, excuse me for deleting the flower shot (I hate flowers), but these are WONDERFUL. And the 100% looks great!
Thanks, I actually took this in Paris at one of the river crossings I forget which now without looking at a map, but the 85mm focal length is great for candids. You are working at a distance, and to some extent ignored.

I too think the 100% crop looks great, but you know these images have been slammed by people who claim they don't "POP". The point is, these were taken (the street person) on a high overcast day which mutes color and contrast. As far as I am concerned, they represent the image I saw, which I consider important. I could have upped the contrast and saturation unnaturally, and some people like shots with high contrast and saturation, but what I concern myself with is getting the image I see. Now, what would be great, and it is on my TO DO list, is to compare the vivitar and super tak in a heads up shoot, same shot, same body and settings, same lighting. That is the only really fair comparison. Comparing a shot with (and I'll use the most comon example) a FA77 and studio lighting against an outdoor candid with flat lighting is not really fair.
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Gee, too bad Hangu wasted his money on some old piece of crap when he could have had something THIS nice for the SAME money and it's NEW.
do I detect a note of jealosy here
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You know what? I'm going to the Botanical Gardens with my new S-Takumar 85mm. Then, I'll spam the Takumar Club thread with flowers every single day for a month.
There are still flowers living in NYC?

Those are some tough flowers.
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You know what? I'm going to the Botanical Gardens with my new S-Takumar 85mm.
You mean OLD S-Takumar, don't you?

My God, judging by the pictures, I'll be amazed if it even works.
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You mean OLD S-Takumar, don't you?

My God, judging by the pictures, I'll be amazed if it even works.
old and new are relitive to the owner.

I really think you are a little too obsessed with getting the 85F1.9.

God help us when you do
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here are some samples done with an OOF paint effect. these are jpegs straight out of the camera.

1st photo. blurry effect





2nd photo. blurry effect with a lil bit of pop at the center.





one quick note, I noticed that the exif data shows f1.2. and I have no idea of whatsoever of how I did that or how it happened. maybe the camera got fooled into reading the opening to be at f1.2 or you can adjust it further to f1.2 or probably it's really an f1.2 wide open lens and they just thought or indicated it as a f1.4 lens. so you might want to try and open the aperture up to f1.2 if it's possible or if you can.

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