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12-05-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Samyang/Rokinon/Vivitar 85mm f/1.4

I'm in the market for a budget 85mm f/1.4 lens. I've narrowed it down to the Samyang/Rokinon/Vivitar lenses.

However, despite being the same lens rebranded, the prices at B&H differ.

The Bower version is $329 while the Rokinon and Vivitar versions are &269. So why the price premium for the Bower version?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/614839-REG/Bower_SLY85P_85mm_f_1_4_Manual_Focus.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/769398-REG/Rokinon_85M_P_85mm_f_1_4_Aspherical_Lens.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/600854-REG/Vivitar_85MMP_85mm_f_1_4_Series_1.html

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All same I guess, just a different marketing strategy may be.
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weird..last time I checked Vivitar is 329 whereas others are 269....
the vivtar should has better build quality because it is heavier

u can also check 8mm fisheye..they have same optical with different price
vivitar is 289, Rokinon is 279 and Bower is 249 now at b&h...very interesting....
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this is normal, you see them all at lower prices at one point or another. Search them on eBay and you may see the bower as the lowest.

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My opinion: get the cheapest one, and make sure you have a split focus screen.
Let me repeat that. My experience is that I got easily frustrated since I didn't have a fast focus screen. Great optics, but nailing focus is super critical, since it's pretty prone to bokeh fringing.
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Look VERY Carefully at them. Some have an A setting (Rokinon / Samyang / Bower 85mm 1.4 Aspherical Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database), and some.......well......

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Isn't the f/22 setting meant to be the "a"setting on that one? Isn't that why it's red?

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that's the Nikon version with the red 22

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Look VERY Carefully at them. Some have an A setting , and some.......well......
Good point. The cheapter Vivitar has the 'A' setting as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aurele Quote
that's the Nikon version with the red 22
It's used as an example. Look for yourself among the reviews here and the threads devoted to this lens.......
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My opinion: get the cheapest one, and make sure you have a split focus screen.
Let me repeat that. My experience is that I got easily frustrated since I didn't have a fast focus screen. Great optics, but nailing focus is super critical, since it's pretty prone to bokeh fringing.
That's the first thing I'll pick up after getting the lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Look VERY Carefully at them. Some have an A setting
I think all Pentax version are 'A', those pics from different mount. I never heard of anyone came across non 'A' version.
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The link to the B&H photo clearly shows an A in red in addition to the 22 being in red.






If there is no A on the aperture ring there's no A setting in my experience. Oh and the label says "For Pentax" and I can't see the mount so I'm guessing its for a ......Pentax


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QuoteOriginally posted by Sol Invictus Quote
That's the first thing I'll pick up after getting the lens.
Given the speed of the lens look for one optimized for fast lenses like the Canon EE
I have a Nikon split prism and I struggle with my 1.4 lenses to nail the focus (live view is more reliable for me at 1.4)
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When I looked at getting one about 3 years ago, there were both K and KA mount varieties on the market. Bought what I sweat the time at B&H. The Vivitar version. It is made by samyang but cosmetically different outside to the rest, which a all identical except for the name printed on the gold name tag.

Note that you can get super tak 85 mm lenses for less, and also the M85/2 but probably not the K85/1.8.
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