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02-23-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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LBA: Polar 85mm f1.4

Got a new lens today...

Here is the package:

Poler 85mm f1.4

Here is the lens:

[http://www.iqlo.dk/Div/Foto/Polar/album2

The are some test shoots with the lens:

http://www.iqlo.dk/Div/Foto/Polar/album3/

Used my K10D Bright mode and plus 1 in sharpen, jpg straight from camera no pp.

Test photos with crops:

Test with crops

Its pretty well build, but the lenshood seems flemsy and very cheap.....

The focusring is very very good and smooth....

Update: Feel free to download 17img taken with the lens, from f1.4 to f9....



30mb download:

www.iqlo.dk/Div/Foto/Polar/Samples/Polar_PKA.rar

Update:

Made some new test with the lens:

Compared with SMC-F 50mm f1.7 and my Kiron 105mm f2.8 Macro

www.iqlo.dk/Div/Foto/Polar/Test/Polar-test/

On the image it says what lens it is, exif says what apature it is.


Mayby something in the setup went wrong, due to the softness in the 50mm`s corners....??

Don`t really know, and I am not going to reshoot the damn test..... ;-)

Update again.....


http://www.iqlo.dk/Div/Foto/Polar/Test/85mm-test-2/

Test images with crops.....


Last edited by Sila; 03-02-2009 at 02:43 AM. Reason: Added crops....
02-23-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sila Quote
the lenshood seems flemsy and very cheap.....
Throw it away. Who needs a hood?


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The focusring is very very good and smooth
Great!

I am wondering why this lens has an aperture ring.
It will stick at f1.4 all the time anyway.



Enjoy the lens!
02-23-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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Woah, now that's shallow DOF photography
02-23-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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I'm very impressed. The lens looks to be a keeper, huh?

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Mike
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Got a new lens today...


02-23-2009, 11:54 AM   #5
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I'm very impressed. The lens looks to be a keeper, huh?

Regards,
Mike
Yes its a keeper...

Test img with crops...

Test with crops
02-23-2009, 03:11 PM   #6
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are these the same lens?

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/46479-review-s...erical-if.html
02-23-2009, 03:18 PM   #7
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Yes Polar is a Samyang lens... Same as the Vivitar 85mm f1.4.....
02-23-2009, 03:22 PM   #8
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Lowell.. they're made in the same factory. Expect to see one with "Vivitar" written on it soon.

EDIT: Sila got here ahead of me.

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Good stuff, looks like a winner to me.

Can I ask how much you paid?

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Good stuff, looks like a winner to me.

Can I ask how much you paid?

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Its bought from Gmarket.......
02-24-2009, 05:31 AM   #11
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What is the best way to test it for sharpness and bokeh????
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What is the best way to test it for sharpness and bokeh????
In my view the best way to test a lens is by comparison with a known similar lens.
Tripod, same motive, same parameters, two lenses.
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Made some new test with the lens:

Compared with SMC-F 50mm f1.7 and my Kiron 105mm f2.8 Macro

Corner

On the image it says what lens it is, exif says what apature it is.


Mayby something in the setup went wrong, due to the softness in the 50mm`s corners....??

Don`t really know, and I am not going to reshoot the damn test..... ;-)
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Thanks for the test.
The Polar looks ok to me!

Good value for the money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
Thanks for the test.
The Polar looks ok to me!

Good value for the money.

Sila's conclusions about this lens are the same as mine.

For the price the value is hard to beat.
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