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05-13-2017, 12:12 PM   #1
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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 - First Shots

Walked out the front door with my K1 and my new Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 that I just got from the mail lady and took these first photos with it to see if it would work and do well. I have not had a chance to play with it but think it will do well for me. These are straight out of the camera no processing or adjustments made all shots hand held. I have now three lenses for my K1 - 24-70mm f/2.8, 15-30mm f/2.8 and this Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. Here are the first seven shots just to see if I needed to send it back. Think I will keep it.

1. f/5.6 1/400

2. f/2.8 1/1600

3. f/11 1/250

4. f/11 1/100

5. f/5.6 1/500

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The next two photos are

1. f/11 1/200

2. f/2.8 1/25 (the mirror had a film over it and I just did not have time to wash it also in a hall way with no light except for the back light behind me coming through the window and the front door window to my left)
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I am thinking about getting one of them Rokinons myself. Please tell us some more and keep the pictures coming!
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Here is one more that I took hand held at f/11 1/15 and look at the detail

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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
Walked out the front door with my K1 and my new Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 that I just got from the mail lady and took these first photos with it to see if it would work and do well.
Happy to see this post! I bought this lens a couple of months ago and forgot I even had it. I shoot almost 99% with my Bigma 50-500, so other lenses get little action....certainly no reflection on this lens!

You will love it, it is a great lens and at a real bargain price too! I have used it only a little, but enough to know it is a fine lens!

Just took off the Bigma to "monkey around" a minute with the Rokinon 85mm at f1.4 You can use it with great results at f1.4.but it is tricky.......1.4 is always tricky!

Some monkey business at f1.4.

K1 FF shot cropped/resized for posting. Minor sharpening and it would be plenty good enough for the monkey!
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For some great portrait work this lens would excel. Past 1.4 it gets really easy to use and produces nice results with little effort.

Enjoy it, you made a good choice!

Regards!
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Its a good lens (even on FF). The main thing (for me) is its very usable at f1.4 (if a little challenging to nail focus sometimes). Stopped down peak sharpness is not as high as other primes but for me thats not as important as performance at fast apertures for such a lens.
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Ok, decided to go try the lens just down the road from where I live. No noise reduction or cropping only lightened them up a tad. No color manipulation or anything else, handheld no tripod. I am impressed.
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Here is one with light noise reduction, I am really liking this Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens

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Looks like you got a really good copy, nice and sharp! That lens is quite famous for having great IQ, but being difficult to focus because its so fast (especially on older DSLRs with smaller viewfinders). How does the K-1 viewfinder do with it?

Oh and btw, there is a Samyang lens club thread. Feel free to post some photos there as well
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Looks like you got a really good copy, nice and sharp! That lens is quite famous for having great IQ, but being difficult to focus because its so fast (especially on older DSLRs with smaller viewfinders). How does the K-1 viewfinder do with it?

Oh and btw, there is a Samyang lens club thread. Feel free to post some photos there as well
The view finder on the K-1 does awesome with the 85mm, really, I am like this for sure. Can't wait to do some portraits with it. Will try and do some this coming week and thanks for letting me know abou the Samyang lens club thread.
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This is a fantastic lens.

The only thing I don't like is that wide open it excels at highlighting my focusing shortcomings...

It is a very hard lens to use wide open because of the thin depth of field, but when you get it right, it is superb.

At f2.8 or so and smaller, it is just a treat to use.

-Eric
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One more photo that I took today
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Yeah, I would have to guess its a whole lot easier to focus it on that big, bright K-1 viewfinder. Frankly, shooting in low light (music in bars) I much prefer going with loupe over the LCD in live view on a K-01 compared to trying to focus with the K-3. Good light is easier, though.

As with a lot of fast 85mm lenses, you get just a bit of focus shift in the f/2-2.8 range. That's where the claim of slight softness closed down tends to show up. In reality, if you account for the minor focus shift, the lens is wickedly sharp already by f/2-2.2.

I'm not as fond of the lens for close subjects, such as flowers. Mike's shot is nice, but I prefer other lenses for those kinds of shots allowing me to get closer. I'm also not fond of the diaphragm shape past f/8. At least on mine, it gets a bit oblong. These are nitpicks, though, for typical use in low light at normal to long distances - it is a terrific lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TwoUptons Quote
This is a fantastic lens.

The only thing I don't like is that wide open it excels at highlighting my focusing shortcomings...

It is a very hard lens to use wide open because of the thin depth of field, but when you get it right, it is superb.

At f2.8 or so and smaller, it is just a treat to use.

-Eric
I've had the same issue - I picked up the Rokinon 85mm a couple of years ago - great lens, really sharp, smooth focus.
Downside - somewhat heavy, and at f/1.4 you had better be using a tripod, shooting still life.
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