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03-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Samyang 85/1.4 - couple of questions

I just got a Vivitar branded Samyang 85/1.4 used and am I overlooking it or is there no serial number on these lenses? Also, has anyone come up with a satisfactory replacement for the included hood? I usually use 3-stage rubber hoods but am wondering if anyone has found anything longer that works on this lens?

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There is no serial number on samyang products

Ass for the hood, do you have an issue with flare, I have found the coatings on samyang products pretty good? Note the lens is a full frame lens so it would nautically have a hood for a 24x36 format
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I got a metal round hood from eBay that has 72mm male threads to attach to the lens and 77mm female threads on its front so it can take a 77mm lens cap securely. It's about 1 1/2 " long and now it is an integral part of the lens and works very well.
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I got a metal round hood from eBay that has 72mm male threads to attach to the lens and 77mm female threads on its front so it can take a 77mm lens cap securely. It's about 1 1/2 " long and now it is an integral part of the lens and works very well.
Thanks, a bit of an opening cone instead of a straight tube then. The lens cap is odd, doesn't want to fully engage the lens, and I'll probably replace it too.

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There is no serial number on samyang products

Ass for the hood, do you have an issue with flare, I have found the coatings on samyang products pretty good? Note the lens is a full frame lens so it would nautically have a hood for a 24x36 format
Thanks, its the only lens I've ever owned that doesn't have a serial number. As to the hood, no - I just use them on all my lenses for a variety of reasons and the one that came with the lens is a bit flimsy.
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The DoF is amazing with this lens. At f1.4 with a 10ft distance to the subject the DoF is something on the order of .2ft! In contrast the FA50 has a DoF under those conditions of .7ft. That's the difference between 2.4 inches and 8.4 inches at 10 feet - wow. Nailing focus with this lens is going to be a challenge.
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The DoF is amazing with this lens. At f1.4 with a 10ft distance to the subject the DoF is something on the order of .2ft! In contrast the FA50 has a DoF under those conditions of .7ft. That's the difference between 2.4 inches and 8.4 inches at 10 feet - wow. Nailing focus with this lens is going to be a challenge.
But if you were going to take the same shot with a 50 then you'd also be standing closer. At 6 ft the DOF of the 50 is the same as that of the 85 at 10. Still is going to be tricky of course. Are you going to get a focus screen? Or are you going to do it with CIF or Live View?
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But if you were going to take the same shot with a 50 then you'd also be standing closer. At 6 ft the DOF of the 50 is the same as that of the 85 at 10. Still is going to be tricky of course. Are you going to get a focus screen? Or are you going to do it with CIF or Live View?
Am going to use LV for the time being and play around with CIF.

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In practical use, I replaced the OEM lens cap with a Tamron cap and left the lens hood off when I had this 85/1.4. I ended up trading it because of my frustration in focusing and because I wanted to focus closer. It is a great lens when you get everything in focus and have the right conditions. It was made for wide open shooting, and it's a fabulous lens.
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It is a great lens - but it is not just made for wide open shooting. I think this lens could even be more popular than what it is if we just don't buy into the "it's a 1.4 85mm so it must be just made for portraits" myth. This lens in my book is a great lens that can do waaaayyyyyy more than what people realize.

All of these were shot using CIF, with the exception of the last one as that is a FF film shot.

Vivitar 85mm 1.4 - f/4.5, 1250 ISO (It was getting dark, this was shot under artificial lighting)
(Note: I hope viewers realize the speed this subject is moving)


Vivitar 85mm 1.4 - f/2.5, 200 ISO (w/ ND8 filter attached)


Vivitar 85mm 1.4 - f/1.8, 3200 ISO


Vivitar 85mm 1.4 - f/8, 3200 ISO (Low Light)


Vivitar 85mm 1.4 - f3.2, 100 ISO


Vivitar 85mm 1.4 - (FILM SHOT) Super Program w/ 400CN B&W Film (scanned negative) - wanted to see how it would work on FF
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Great shots Joe.
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Thanks Brent...
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