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03-11-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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ROKINON 85MM F1.4 LENS

Hello, I am posting this question for a relative who had just purchased a Rokinon 85mm f1.4 lens, and he is wondering how certain individuals are getting what appear to be macro shots, when this isn't a macro lense?. How are they getting so close to the subject is his question. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am a total putz when it comes to the experts here, but an 85mm 1:1.4 lens?

It must be a 1:4.

HUGE difference.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NEBULA_ONE Quote
Hello, I am posting this question for a relative who had just purchased a Rokinon 85mm f1.4 lens, and he is wondering how certain individuals are getting what appear to be macro shots, when this isn't a macro lense?. How are they getting so close to the subject is his question. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
They could use an extension tube or a teleconverter to achieve closer focusing. I have the lens and it does not focus very close.
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it's because it's a telephoto lens with an 85mm focal length that makes the photos appear bigger. but it is not a macro lens. a macro lens would enable you to shoot up-close with 1:1 magnification ratio and you cant do this with the Rokinon since the Minimum focusing distance is 1m which is farther away. if the image is much closer than it seems, then it is either cropped or have a diopter lens added on it. or a TC and ext. tube as someone mentioned.

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I am a total putz when it comes to the experts here, but an 85mm 1:1.4 lens?

It must be a 1:4.

HUGE difference.
The Rokinon (& several other brand label) 85mm is an f1.4 lens though.


For the original poster, they might have macro tubes or one of the other macro options. Macro tubes don't have any optics. Mine cost less than 10 dollars.
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There are photographers, including many on this forum, who can get better "macro-type" shots with a non-macro lens, then many of us can get with true macro lenses. But as mentioned, there are accessories like extension tubes, bellows, raynox lenses, etc. that can assist in macro-type shots with non-macro lenses.

I took the following 2 shots with my Pentax-M 85/f2 lens. I don't know what its closest focusing is, but it is certainly not a macro lens. These shots are nothing special, but if I used one of the tools referenced above, or cropped heavily, I suppose even these could look like macro shots.




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Here's a macro, uhm, 100% crop from Zeiss 85/1.4 Planar ZK:



And some people say you should never look at images at 100%

A less severe crop of another shot looks, of course, much nicer:

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THANK YOU

Just want to say thank you for all of the generous replies! You all have been very helpful, and some beautiful pics as well!!!

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