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Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF

Sharpness 
 9.5
Aberrations 
 8.8
Bokeh 
 9.6
Handling 
 8.7
Value 
 10.0
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Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF

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Description:

The 85mm F1.4 is a manual focus, fast, short telephoto lens corvering the 24x36mm full-frame format. It features internal focusing and one aspherical element, and supports all exposure modes.

It has been released in two variants with only minor differences:

  • 85mm F1.4 Aspehrical IF
  • 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC

It is available under different brand names:

Samyang (first two photos - first version, fifth photo - second version)
Vivitar (third photo - first version)
Rokinon (fourth photo - first version)
Bower (not shown)
Pro Optic (not shown)


Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades (rounded)
Optics
9 elements, 7 groups
Mount Variant
KA
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.4
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
100 cm
Max. Magnification
0.1x
Filter Size
72 mm
Internal Focus
Yes
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 19 ° / 16 °
Full frame: 28 ° / 24 °
Hood
Included
Case
Pouch included
Lens Cap
Included
Coating
Multi-coated
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
78x73.2 mm (3.1x2.9 in.)
Weight
510 g (18 oz.)
Production Years
(in production)
Pricing
$248 USD current price
Reviews
User reviews
Variants

The table describes the second variant (current as of 2016). The earlier variant was called Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF, had slightly different cosmetics, and lacked UMC coating.

Also marketed as Rokinon, Vivitar, Bower, and Pro Optic


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Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2016
Posts: 206
Lens Review Date: December 17, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Low light, easy to focus
Cons: no auto focus by design
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-S2   

This was a Christmas gift from my wife last year. I really wanted a good low light lens and this is it. Manual focus is smooth and there is a long enough focus throw so that you can make small adjustments. Bokeh is sweet. The low light pictures have a nice magical quality to them. Although good wide open if it is stopped down a little the whole frame is wonderfully sharp.

   
Junior Member

Registered: June, 2014
Posts: 47
Lens Review Date: February 17, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $165.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: bokeh, sharpness, price
Cons: manual focus, chromatic aberrations, long minimum focus distance
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-S1, Samsung NX30   

It's a beautiful lens that looks great on camera. The build quality seems solid. The focusing ring is very precise and a bit tight. The only thing I don't like is the lens hood that needs to be removed to put the cap on.

Sharpness-wise it obviously isn't a Zeiss or Sigma Art and for the price I didn't expect it to be. It's soft wide open (great for portraits!), the sharpness improves at F2.0, becomes very good at F2.8 and reaches maximum at F5.6. The lens rendering is beautiful with soft creamy bokeh, good contrast and colours. The only optical flaw I found is strong chromatic aberrations that are difficult to correct. Everything beyond the plane of focus is green and there is strong purple fringing in high contrast areas (see example).

The main drawback of the lens is obviously manual focus. I wonder how difficult it would be to implement screwdriver AF in the Pentax version? Probably Samyang didn't bother because the Pentax market share is too small. I usually have no problem focusing my other manual lenses, but this one is nearly impossible to focus at F1.4-2.0 through an optical viewfinder. I get much better results with my mirrorless Samsung NX30 that has an electronic viewfinder and focus peaking. Anyway, an AF lens like this would cost me at least 5x more, so I'm not complaining.

Great lens for the price, highly recommended, especially for use on mirrorless cameras.



   
New Member

Registered: November, 2018
Posts: 1

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 24, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness; price
Cons: weight; heavy focus ring; soft at f1.4
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-70   

Everything as professional and customer reviews said, I have no regret buying this lens! Sharp across the whole field. Image is soft at f1.4 but improves from f2.0 and achieves maximum sharpness at f3.5. Minimal CA only in high contrast situation. Focus ring is a bit heavy.

The most amazing thing I discover it that it works with my Pentax AF 1.7X teleconverter perfectly! The lens have "A" setting on the aperture ring which works with the TC and camera - I can control aperture in Av mode. AF works flawlessly - with this autofocus teleconverter, you need to roughly pre-focus manually before letting the autofocus function of the teleconverter determine the precise focus. This works better in longer distances (> 10 ft) because you practically don't need to do fine adjustments after you set the manual focus to close to (but not at) infinity. The TC does not degrade image quality, and you get a maximum aperture of f2.8. Image quality improves from f3.2 and achieves best result from f5.0. With this 1.7X TC, I get 145mm focal length (or 217mm in FF), at f2.8 (3.5 for useful images). The coolest thing is that the TC converts the manual lens to an AF lens.
   
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Registered: September, 2015
Location: Berlin
Posts: 116
Lens Review Date: August 28, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $180.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness, F1.4, IQ
Cons: no autofocus

I have the 16mm, the 35mm and the 135mm also and this one I take it with me if the 135mm is to heavy for me.

It is a nice Portrait tele lens with Incredible bokeh. For no autofocus ist easy to use if you have some experience with Manual Focus.

Autofocus will be nice to have but its not a must have.

I really like the sharpness and the Image-Quality. I often use it for Portrait Shootings of Children (of my Family) on the playground.

If I have to decide which one is better the 135mm or the 85mm I would not think About that Long...it will be the 135mm F2.
BUT: If you Need a lightweight lens to low light Portrait I would recommend this lens.
If you just take one Portrait lens with you it must be the 135mm F2

So thats why I can not give it a 10, its even just a 9....a good 9

Greetings,
Milka
   
Pentaxian

Registered: March, 2017
Location: Pretoria
Posts: 3,512
Lens Review Date: August 12, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bokeh
Cons: Minimum focus distance
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-x, Pentax K200D   

I just love this lens. I bought it as a portrait lens and it excels in that role. As a general purpose lens, it is pretty good as well. There seems to be a bit of a learning curve that one has to go through in order to get the best out of it. I, for one, is happy to do that.


Manual focus can be tricky, but it goes with the territory of class of lens. Even auto focus lenses don't get it right all the time.

The plasticky lens hood gets a lot of criticism. I just left mine in the box and use a rubber one.


At present there are few alternatives for the Pentaxian looking for a wide aperture 85mm. The closest is the 77mm Limited, but it is not quite the same thing. Other than that the only other choices are to shop for a used Pentax FA*, Pentax A*, Sigma or Zeiss.

To my mind, this one is ridiculous value for money.


   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2007
Location: North West UK
Posts: 382
Lens Review Date: March 25, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Sharp, control, did I mention Sharp?
Cons: Only manual focus, mimimum focus distance of only 1 metre.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-1   

It is a ten, but only due to price to ability ratio.
Let me clarify, it it was the same price as the Sigma DG, then it would drop due to the lack of AF. But it is half the price!

But on the other hand, MF from F2.8 is fine, wider you really need to be steady.

Ability though is stunning! this is one superb lens. Yes the hood is a lower grade plastic, but it is the hood. Optics are more important

Contrast, colours and sharpness are amongst the best. You could almost say it is too sharp.

Downside, it only focuses to 1 metre. I was too close a little earlier today with a studio shoot. If it was down to 1.4 feet like most Pentax lenses, it would be fine.

Overall though, it is more than bang for the buck. It is not perfect, but price to ability ratio you cannot get better. Optically it is right up there with the best.

Recommend.
   
Senior Member

Registered: October, 2007
Location: Thach, Alabama
Posts: 169
Lens Review Date: February 28, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $349.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Did I mention Sharp? Good build
Cons: Plastic lens shade is cheap.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K10D, KX, K7   

The bag this lens comes in is way too small for the lens. I got the Vivitar series 1 version and other than the cheap weak plastic lens shade I would say Samyang knocked this one out of the park. Super nice manual lens for portraits or a walkabout. Very very nice bokeh. A little long on an ASP-C camera but I plan on using it for the K1 FF I have ordered. Should be excellent on it.
   
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Registered: February, 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,953

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 2, 2015 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Fast, Smooth Focusing, Amazing Bokeh
Cons: Won't Work in Cold Weather (Seriously!), Focuses past infinity
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-3   

I have the 'new' model of this lens.

I absolutely love the bokeh and seperation this lens provides. Its smooth, it takes amazing photos.... and it locks up when the temps start getting towards freezing.

Edit: By "getting towards freezing", I mean anything much below 40 degrees.

Seriously.

I suspect the huge aperture blades have a nice bit of grease employed to help them operate, and said grease can't stand the cold. It could just be my copy, but it really is a problem when 90% of your shots are taken outdoors, and you live in the Frozen Wastes of Maine. We see near-freezing to "Sweet mercy, let it warm up to 10 today" weather around these parts from October through May. That means for 6 months out of the year the lens is relegated to 'indoor only' use.

The lens is awesome, the lens takes fantastic shots - and the lens is the first one Ive seriously considered reselling for something else.

If you live somewhere warm, I can't recommend the lens enough, but if you're an outdoor shooter who lives somewhere where you see ice and snow... move on.

If the lens didn't lock up in the cold, I'd easily give it a 10. Since I can't use it for 50% of the year, I'm docking 50% off the grade and 'not recommending it' with the caveat that if you don't need to worry about cold weather the lens should be an amazing buy.

(One other quibble - Samyangs QC blows. Both the 85mm and 35mm focus well past infinity, which can slow you down having to backtrack for infinity shots)

Here are some shots from this amazingly frustrating lens.

The Boys by Jody Roberts, on Flickr

June 1, 2015 - Duck Weather; Vassalboro, Maine by Jody Roberts, on Flickr

June 4, 2015 - King of Kings (Tyrannus tyrannus - Eastern Kingbird) by Jody Roberts, on Flickr

Earth, Air and Water; Winslow, Maine by Jody Roberts, on Flickr

Exploring by Jody Roberts, on Flickr
   
Senior Member

Registered: May, 2014
Location: Galway - Ireland
Posts: 213

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 23, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $220.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, IQ, build quality
Cons: light flare, purple fringing
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-1, K-3   

WHO IS IT FOR ?
The 85mm is THE lens for portrait in my opinion. This one has an amazing aperture, with a great image quality for a very very low price.


HANDLING
Heavy glass, built like a tank. It is a great quality lens. The only 'cheap' thing about it is the hood. Maybe the focus ring is a bit hard.


FOCUSING
To focus with this lens is not that easy wide open. It is not a surprise but at 1.4 your depth of field is really tiny so beeing in focus is not easy. I used it mainly for portrait shooting in controlled conditions, I don't think it is usable in field conditions.

IMAGE QUALITY

>SHARPNESS
This lens is very sharp. The result is a bit soft at f/1.4, but starting at f/2 the sharpness is impressive. The overall image rendering is on a top level for portrait.
On FF : I am making an edit on this review to include FF feedback. On FF the sharpness is even better. At f/1.6 the results are already mindblowing. see additional pictures below.

>BOKEH
Bokehs are great and soft. Perfect for portrait.

>CHROMA ABERRATIONS
Not flawless wide open (purple fringing and axial), almost gone by f/2-f/2.8. It is normal for such a bokeh monster, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G is even worse...

>FLARE
Against the sun, there is a lot of flare. In other conditions is it correct.

>COLOR RENDITION
Neutral ! Maybe slightly on the blue side.

>DISTORSION
Nothing to be noticed.

>VIGNETING
A little bit, still acceptable. Should be worse on FF sensor...


COMPARING TO SIMILAR LENSES

>85mm SMC f/1.8 Pentax
Not the same age and technology inside, but usually around the same price tag. The Pentax lens is really softer from f/1.8 to f/2.8. Starting at f/2.8 the image result is really good. The bokeh of the Pentax is slightly better but the Samyang is great too.
The Pentax has the advantage of focusing as close as 85cm while the Samyang is at 1m. It can be usefull !
Appart from this the Samyang provides cleaner results.

>85mm f/1.4G Nikon
I usually don't compare with non K mount lenses, but I tested the 85mm from Nikon during a shooting on a D3X. The Nikon has really more CA than the Samyang. The flare is maybe better controlled. Excepting the MF vs AF issue, both lenses are on the same level in my opinion.


CONCLUSION
If you love portrait, buy this lens you will really enjoy it (focus peaking and catch in focus options should help you with focusing, don't be afraid). For other applications (landscape, journalism...) it will not fit, but it is normal.
Edit : On FF, the lens field of view is natural for portraits and the lens just feels great together with the K-1. The combo delivers amazing results with great sharpness and details.

SAMPLE PICTURES
APSC
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134793426@N02/21030098414/in/album-72157656665255184/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134793426@N02/21641166812/in/album-72157656665255184/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134793426@N02/21030018694/in/album-72157656665255184/
https://500px.com/photo/120310689/sweet-lavander-by-tcognard?from=user_library (Bokeh testing)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134793426@N02/21030266854/in/album-72157656665255184/ (Night shot testing)
FF
https://500px.com/photo/170959659/desperation-by-t-cognard?ctx_page=1&from=u...er_id=15710727 (f/1.6)
https://500px.com/photo/171764739/let-it-rain-by-t-cognard?ctx_page=1&from=u...er_id=15710727 (f/1.8)
https://500px.com/photo/170288157/on-the-coast-by-t-cognard?ctx_page=1&from=...er_id=15710727 (f/1.4)
   
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2009
Location: London
Posts: 212
Lens Review Date: August 2, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent value for money
Cons: focus stiffer than I would like
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-S2   

First a general comment, given the price, the build quality and performance are excellent. Now for the picky things. Weight, at 500g this is about right for this type of lens. The focus ring I did find a bit stiff, maybe the plastic engineering, not really sure, but I would have preferred that the be easier. Due to the aperture ring being recessed, made it a bit difficult to move when on the camera. The lens hood could have been petal as it has a non rotating front lens. Found the best technique for securing the lens hood on and off, was NOT to put my hand across the hood twist; this action just seemed to lock the hood in place. But to use a few fingers to grip both inside and outside of one portion of the hood and pull or push to go over the clip.

Can't say I found focusing difficult, the AF indicator showed when it was correct. Overall given the plastic engineering of the lens I was very impressed with Samyang. Taking this as example of their quality I would not hesitate to purchase another. This version of the 85mm had the A pin setting, thus allowing the use of Av and Tv modes other than M.
   
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2012
Posts: 205

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 20, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $185.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: It is a f/1.4 & inexpensive.
Cons: A little soft wide open.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

You buy a lens like this to generally shoot wide open or close to it. It is decent wide open (certainly good enough for portraits) and very, very sharp after f/4. There is a learning curve due to the razor thin depth of field. You can literally have only one of two eyes in focus with close-up portraits. Be sure to use live view with stationary objects when shooting wide open to ensure you are in focus. Here is an example using it for landscape (yeah, I didn't buy it for that but wanted to see what it could do).


   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 312

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 7, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $290.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, light-weight, great MF feel
Cons: Shoddy hood and included caps
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5, ME Super   

This is a fabulous lens, not quite as sharp as I would like at f/1.4, but amazing from f/2.0 and beyond. There is one thing you need to be aware of since this is a manual-focus only lens, focusing with wide apertures (f/2.8 and larger) is very difficult - I have good eye-sight AND own a split-prism focusing screen and still struggled to get properly focused pictures. The most reliable way to get razor-sharp focus at f/1.4 is to set the camera on a tripod and focus via live-view.
However, one cannot fault the lens too much, it is difficult to focus ANY 85mm f/1.4 lens wide open, whether an auto or manual focus design. At least with the Rokinon you get to keep over $700 in your pocket.

There is some chromatic aberration visible when shooting closer to wide open, but they are easily removed in Lightroom, overall I was very happy with this lens.

I ended up selling this lens after a couple years, mainly since I got a DA* 50-135 f/2.8 to take over portrait and "bokehlicious!" duties.

Wide-open, some purple-fringing I neglected to remove around his shoulder pads.


Works on FF just fine, this is from an ME Super - MAYBE f/2.8...I don't remember.


Bokeh and sharpness displayed at f/2.


You can look through some more images I've taken with the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 here: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=rokinon+85&m=tags&ss=2&ct=0&mt=all&w=48503330%40N08&adv=1
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2013
Location: Kansas City, KS
Posts: 1,582

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 31, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, good contrast and color, fast
Cons: Heavy, difficult to focus, CA/PF

My lens for the Single in October (2014) was the Rokinon 85/1.4. I had been wanting a lens like it since I saw the "Brenizer method" images and wanted to recreate the effect. I have the Rokinon 8/3.5 fish-eye, so I was confident in the quality of the lens. I missed the $199 sale from the online stores, but managed to find it second-hand for that price here on the forums! (My gratitude to a timely work bonus.)

My first time out with the lens the aperture lever began sticking wide open instead of stopping down with the shot... The problem seemed worse with the aperture ring set to Auto, so I used it manually, which I am very comfortable doing, but I was disappointed. I spent the first two weeks of October using the lens with a manual ring, living in constant fear of a sticky lever. Never happened. So I got bold and put the ring on the A setting and spent days switching between Av and M, enjoying adjusting the aperture in-camera with the K-30's wheels. Until the morning of the 25th, when it started sticking again. Since the 25th I've had to remove the lens and physically push the aperture lever free at least a half a dozen times, and several shots have been rendered blazing white because selected aperture may have been 5.6, but the lens stuck at 1.4. Grrr.

I will be looking into having the lens repaired or adjusted...

The lens itself feels good. Solid and heavy (I like that kind of thing). There aren't any loose bits and it doesn't feel cheap. It did come with a bayonet-mounting hood, but I didn't find myself using it. The lens is internal-focus and the front ring does not rotate; both small treats that I appreciate! The aperture ring has nice clicks, f/1.4 to 2, and then half-stops from 2 to 22. The focusing ring is well-dampened, but smooth. I might like it if it were a little tougher, then the focus that I set for my Brenizer-style shots would feel more secure. :-)

I immediately noticed that the lens has SIGNIFICANT chromatic aberrations/fringing. This is especially noticeable wide open and up through f/4, but never really went away, no matter how stopped down I went. If you cannot tolerate CA/PF, this is NOT the lens for you. Fortunately, that's not how I judge lenses, so it didnt really bother me. When it was obtrusive in an image, it was easy to edit out using Lightroom. There's no barrel distortion, not that I expected to see any, but I did notice rather disappointing vignetting. This was especially noticeable on the days I used the hood, but after that I was looking for it and couldn't stop seeing the vague shadow. For an average snap it's no big deal, but because I bought this lens to do the Brenizer style stitches, I think this is very uncool. Sharpness, color and contrast are all excellent, very satisfying. I didn't test for flare and didn't notice any.

Focusing. OMG. This is the fastest lens I have (next being the Vivitar/Promaster 50/1.7), which makes the viewfinder nice and bright, but, my god. Guys, all I have are manually focusing lenses. All of them. I can do it. I have knowledge and skill and experience... But I could not find focus at f/1.4 to save my life. I resorted to using live view (with the zoom-in feature) for every shot under f/3.5. And, when I want to do Brenizers, I wanted f/1.4. That means live view for 40-some shots. Do you know how obnoxious it is to listen to the "flip/click" "flip/click" 40-some times? Yes, I could have turned live view off, but then I wouldn't see the image and know which "patch" of the stitch I was shooting or if it overlapped sufficiently... and I couldn't turn live view off and put the camera to my eye, because the distance moved from live-viewing to view-findering would have lost the DoF.

Minimum focusing distance is a terribly disappointing three feet/one meter. One foot would have been a dream. Engineers: Let's do this.

Obviously, I'm sure my technique is lacking. I haven't perfected my skills with such a fast lens as this one... I presume time will only improve my performance and I'm nowhere near giving up the ghost on this glass, especially if/when I can resolve the issue with the aperture lever.

Here's my Flickr album of shots I have taken with this lens.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 731
Lens Review Date: September 27, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $299.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Affordable Price, Great build quality, Wonderful IQ
Cons: Manual Focus, but its not that bad
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5II   

This lens really is the way to go if you are needing a 85mm lens. You can't beat the quality to price ratio. Manual focusing isn't too bad because the plane of focus is so sharp that it litterally snaps into focus when you got it right. When you get really good, you will probably be very very fast.

I wouldn't recomend this for squirmy babies or animals, just people in controled environments.

UPDATE*

I sold this lens.....Why?
1) Focus
2)CA at 1.4
3) Yellow Color cast

I had a heck of a time getting keepers. Also, the lens is a bit soft and shows CA really easily at 1.4. I increased my Focus accuracy and decreased CA by using the lens at 1.8 - 2.8. I guess I was just mostly upset that I didn't feel I was getting the advantage of the 1.4 lens. To top it off, the lens tended to produce a yellow cast in my images. I could correct it in PP, but I hated doing it all the time. I took it out less and less so I decided to sell it off in favor of the 50-135.

Who is this lens for? - If you intend to use this lens only from time to time, or if you are on a tight budget, then you may want to give this lens a serious look. If you stop the lens down, focusing will be easier and you will get the goods.

If you have some extra cash, go with a Sigma 85, Pentax 77, Pentax 70-200, or Pentax 50-135. I think your keeper rate will be higher.

   
New Member

Registered: March, 2014
Posts: 9
Lens Review Date: July 20, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $199.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Gorgeous bokeh
Cons: I need to work to get better focus wide open, but it will definitely be worth it... from what I've seen.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-30   

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I just recently bought this lens, in the Rokinon version, at a terrific price, primarily because I love smooth, creamy bokeh and had read so much about how this lens delivers at a small price compared to equivalent lenses. I've just started experimenting and know I need to work on focus, especially when the lens is wide open, but the grass in my backyard, which leaves a lot to be desired, was magically converted into a dreamy background, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I know my dog's face could have been in much better focus, but this is straight out of the camera and I'm new at this, so I look forward to improving my skill with this lens as I think it's just about perfect for what I was looking for, as a bokeh addict, at a decent price.
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