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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon

You Pay: $249.00
Product Highlights
  • Telephoto Portrait Lens
  • Designed For Full-Frame Cameras
  • Manual Focus
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 3.3'
  • Lens Hood Included

The 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon from Rokinon gives you a medium telephoto field of view that's ideal for portraits. With hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-layer coating, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting. The 85mm lens focuses as close as 3.3' (1.0 m) from the lens, and includes a lens hood. This lens is designed for use with full-frame film and digital cameras, and may also be used with cameras with APS-C sized sensors.

Bright f/1.4 medium telephoto portrait lens
Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical elements for outstanding, sharply defined images
Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghost images
Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3.3' (1.0 m) for enhanced portrait shots
Designed for use with full-frame cameras, and may also be used with APS-C cameras
Removable lens hood included
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 127.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 28.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' (1.01 m)
Elements/Groups 9/7
Features
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.75 x 3.25" (69.85 x 82.55 mm)
Weight 1.4 lb (635 g)
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Removable Lens Hood
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Rokinon Warranty
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    Rokinon85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon
     
    4.6

    (based on 61 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (40)
    • Nice bokeh (32)
    • Durable (26)
    • Consistent output (19)
    • Rugged (17)

    Cons

    • Heavy (9)
    • Slow focus (6)
    • Tough to attach (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (36)
    • Low light (32)
    • Night photography (17)
    • Weddings (17)
    • Landscape/scenery (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (9), Professional artist (6), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (56)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Full Manual Lens

    Besides for the axial chromatic aberration, this is a superb manual focus lens. When opened all the way to f/1.4 it does get quite soft, but when stepped up to f/2...Read complete review

    Besides for the axial chromatic aberration, this is a superb manual focus lens. When opened all the way to f/1.4 it does get quite soft, but when stepped up to f/2 it is pretty sharp. Because the DOF is so narrow, making focus adjustments for close subjects is near impossible to get perfect without a tripod and monitoring the sensor with live view zoomed in 10x. For subjects at a reasonable distance I can just do some manual focus bracketing (slowly turning the focus ring while burst shooting) and hope that one shot catches the right focus point. The type of chromatic aberration in this lens was a killer for me at first until Adobe updated LR and ACR with tools to fix axial CA. Also, the focus ring is very nice. It's not too easy to turn but not too hard, and the range is spread around it nicely.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good optics, low price, major limitation

    The Rokinon 85mm lens has good optical quality and a low price, but has major functional limitations. Cons:- No autofocus- Manual aperture, and no auto aperture stop-down. The aperture is controlled...Read complete review

    The Rokinon 85mm lens has good optical quality and a low price, but has major functional limitations. Cons:- No autofocus- Manual aperture, and no auto aperture stop-down. The aperture is controlled by the aperture ring and stops down immediately, so the viewfinder gets very dim as the lens is stopped down. It is like having depth-of-field preview always on.- No electronic interface with the camera, so lens type, focal length, and aperture are not recorded.- Minimum focal length is 3.3 feet. You can get close enough for a head and shoulders shot, but not for a tightly framed face shot.Pros:- Low price- Acceptably sharp wide open- Shallow depth of field and good bokeh wide openI use the Rokinon 85mm on a Canon 5D MkII. It is best used on a tripod, using live view to frame and focus. The live view overcomes the dim viewfinder problem when the lens is stopped down.The Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens is $130 more expensive but is a much more functional lens. The Canon is sharper at all apertures than the Rokinon. The only benefit of the Rokinon is the extra 3/4 of a stop, which does provide a noticible difference in depth of field and background blur. I rate it at 3 stars because the 3/4 stop advantage and lower price don't overcome the functional limitations compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.8, even considering the low price. Optically I rate it 4 stars.Detailed technical reviews of this lens can be found at [@] under the brand name of its manufacturer, Samyang.

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    5.0

    Perfect for DSLR Video

    By Joey

    from Bay Area California

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

        I mainly create music videos, and this lens has given me the bokeh, clarity, and color that I was wishing for. The color was especially suprising, the color on this lens is vastly superior to the Canon 50mm 1.8. All in all this lens is an amazing value for the money.

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        5.0

        Happy!

        By Kyle

        from Chattanooga, TN

        About Me Professional Artist

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

              So far, I am very pleased with this lens. My only negative would be that the LoCA (Bokeh Fringing) is really bad when I shoot at f1.4 and f2. I shoot only with a crop sensor body, so I guess I cannot fully appreciate this lens - as it was made for full frame. Although I am very particular about my photos, but for this price I think I could get over the purple fringing.

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              5.0

              luv this lens

              By John

              from Vineland, NJ

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                  I luv this prime lens. Great in low light. Again it is a manual lens, kinda reminds me of the old days.

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                  5.0

                  A+ Amazing Lens!

                  By Noah

                  from Los Angles, CA

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                    This lens is fantastic. Great clarity, good bokeh, all around beautiful.

                    I have never used auto focus, so the manual focus on this lens is great. It's got a smooth focus pull, great for racking. It's perfect for video, also works great for portraits and headshots.

                    The only downside to this awesome lens is it's 3 foot minimum focus length... No ECU's with this guy.

                    It more than makes up for it with all its other attributes- I don't go to a shoot without this lens. The results are stellar, whether its a tight framed closeup or a rich wide shot. It delivers amazing quality paired with my Canon 6D.

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                    5.0

                    Great quality optic

                    By melvinOvazquez

                    from Barceloneta, PR

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                      I use it for video production and give me a Beautiful bokeh... Great!!

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                      5.0

                      Gorgeous image quality

                      By Harrison

                      from Mobile, AL

                      About Me Photovideo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Amazing Focus Ring
                      • Build Quality
                      • Outer Aperture Ring
                      • Price
                      • Professional Quality
                      • Superb At 14

                      Cons

                      • No Chip

                      Best Uses

                      • Creamy Bokeh
                      • Low Light
                      • Portrait photography

                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                      I have used this lens for multiple portrait shoots and I have fallen in love with it. Purchasing it, I was fairly certain it was going to have a plastic feel due to the low price, but boy, was I wrong... This lens is a tank. It's almost as heavy as my 24-105 L lens! Wonderful build quality and the focus ring is smoother than butter.

                      I have ran into only one problem with this lens: when you are shooting around f/1.4-f/2.8 it really just feels like you're guessing and hoping that your subjects are in focus. There is no chip telling you that you are in focus, which in turn does not inform your camera where the f stop is at so when you import your pictures, there is no info about the lens.
                      But there is also no doubt in my mind that using that lens has made me a far better photographer.

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                      5.0

                      Blown away

                      By Sam S

                      from Orange County

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Low-light
                        • Video

                        Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                        I've had this lens for about 8 months and am so surprised by and happy with the performance. Sharp, beautiful bokeh, smooth focus ring, hefty build quality, all for such an affordable price. If you don't need auto focus, this thing delivers. It's also very small and discreet for such a long range.

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                        5.0

                        It won't disappoint

                        By Buckflow

                        from D.C. area

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Manual Aperture
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                          This a high quality piece of glass and at this price point is practically a steal. I use it on my T4i and it works like a charm. If you're a little more than a beginner and you're looking to upgrade, go with a Rokinon. I'm going to purchasetheir 14mm next. It also features a manual aperture ring and only manual focus which will help you improve your skills as a beginner and give you total manual control.

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                          4.0

                          Great prime portrait lens

                          By Rob

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me professional photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Bokeh
                          • Inexpensive
                          • Smooth Focusing
                          • Solid Design

                          Cons

                          • Slightly Soft Focus
                          • Tricky Focusing

                          Best Uses

                          • In The Studio
                          • Low Light
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                          I got this lens as an inexpensive, wide aperture portrait lens for sharp focal points and massive bokeh and it is exactly that. It's a little tricky getting it perfectly sharp around the edges of the frame, but it works excellently with centered focal points and any softness of a subject at the edges is not so much that it's uncorrectable. If you want awesome portraits and are on a budget, this is the lens to get.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome MF Lens

                          By rdmarque

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                            Probably one of the sharper lenses I have gotten my hands on. The MF needs a little getting used to, but if your new to MF, the best way to learn how to use is to get out and use it. I use this as a walk around lens, and if you use the zone focusing technique, then MF isnt really a problem. The focusing ring is SOLID!! Nice firmness to it, gives you great control and precision. The aperture ring is great also, clicks right into place.

                            This lens is also great at rendering skin tones. Once you get the hang of MF, images taken are pretty sharp. Now, if it only had a confirmation chip, that would be a perfect.

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                            5.0

                            Great manual portrait lens

                            By niccas9

                            from Central Valley, Ca

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraiture

                              Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                              I really would like to give this a 4 1/2 stars but felt it more deserving to round up to 5 rather than down to 4.Lets start with the price point. You are getting an amazing value for the price. You cannot find any quality glass as fast as 1.4 for cheaper. This is an absolute steal!Function - The focus ring was a little stiff upon first use but not enough to cause any problems. The manual focus and manual ap. is something that you need to be comfortable with before you buy the lens but I wasn't as all surprised as I read up before I purchased. The bokeh from this lens is amazing and it produces great images even on a crop sensor.This is definitely my new favorite prime and beats the heck out of my beloved nifty-fifty. Bottom Line- If you are a portrait photographer and want a fast, manual lens, then you should pony-up and get this lens.

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                              5.0

                              *****NOT a 85mm on CANON 60D*****

                              By Urizen

                              from CA

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                I bought this lens for 60D and it's very zoomed in-- a video I watched on Youtube said that because this lens is for a full sensor, camera bodies like 60D or 7D (that isn't a full sensor) will produce a zoom that is about double the original distance. In this case it's about 135mm-150mm.

                                I'm going to play with the lens for a little more and decide whether I should keep it or not. I'm thinking, if I'm focusing on an actor's face from the distance but don't want them to feel intimidated by the closeness of the camera, this lens will be perfect. Even more, if I ever do upgrade to a canon mark series, this lens will work beautifully.

                                If you do not own APS-C or a crop-censor body and plan on filming, this lens would be your first bet! Even if you own 60D like me, it may prove to you (I'm hoping this will to me over this weekend's shoot), it's worth having around a 135-150mm prime zoom lens.

                                The lens is absolutely beautiful in its build and image quality. Amazingly large aperture! I love the way the focus ring moves.

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                                5.0

                                Good Close Up Lens

                                By Karl

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy
                                • Tough To Attach

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Video

                                Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                Smooth focusing makes this lens great for both photographers and videographers. This allows you to get close up shots of a person, but it doesn't quite make it for Extreme close up shots (min focus distance). I am wondering if a close up filter could help with that...

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                                4.0

                                Solid but one silly flaw

                                By Karl Agathon

                                from NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Tough To Attach

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Video

                                Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                This is a solid piece of glass. The focus is smooth, and this works great for close-up shots, but not for extreme-close-ups. The min focus distance doesn't allow you to get an in-focus shot of say, someone's eye... unless its a huge eye and you can stand farther away I guess.

                                The silly issue for it though is that the EF red dot alignment marker is on the inside of the mount and not on the barrel of the body. You wouldn't think it would matter, but it is a little frustrating as you fuddle for a few precious seconds while air and maybe dust breath in and out of the body while you're switching lenses.

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                                5.0

                                NIce!

                                By B shooter

                                from Scranton, PA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                I use this on a 5D markII for video. very nice!

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                                5.0

                                Solid video/lowlight manual lens

                                By Bo

                                from San Jose, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Video

                                Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                I bought this lens three weeks ago and have used it 3-4 times, mainly for video and low-light photography usage. I use a APS-C camera (60D). The lens is an EF mount and does not have any electronic contacts for communicating with the camera.

                                As a result, the camera will not have any EXIF information or even recognize that a lens is attached if you try to record video or go into live view. But this isn't too big of a problem - the camera just gives you a notice that you can choose to turn off.

                                The lens is quite heavy and of strong build, although I don't believe the casing is made from metal. It feels sturdy in the hand. There are two adjustable rings on the lens - a focus ring and an aperture ring (since you cannot control the aperture from the camera body). Both of these rings are well-constructed, but the aperture ring is turned in discrete steps (I think there may be a declicked version for cine use).

                                The bokeh is pleasant and not distracting. The lens is quite sharp, though you need to be proficient with manual focusing. There doesn't seem to be too much vignetting, and I have not tested for CA on the 60D. I recommend this lens for those who are looking for an affordable wide-aperture prime for low-light and video use.

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                                4.0

                                Great Buy

                                By Cristoforo

                                from Cambridge, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                    A surprisingly sturdy build that performs as advertised. The manual-only aperture ring was a welcome addition which makes changing settings easy on the fly.

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                                    5.0

                                    Rokinon 84mm manuel lens

                                    By Kermit the Frog

                                    from La.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                      I purchased this lens primary for videoing. But the more I try it the more I like it and find other uses for it. The end result is great. It has glass as good as a lens 4-5 times the money. I find the manuel part to a little distrubing but the more you use it the easier it is to handle. It really focuses fast for a manuel. Don't get me wrong I wouldn't use it for a track meet, that's what the high cost lens are for. The only draw back I find is the little extra time to focus, but the pictures are great.

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                                      5.0

                                      NOT GOING TO BEAT IT FOR THE PRICE!

                                      By leeshrader

                                      from Las Vegas, NV

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                          You can't go wrong with this lens. You're not going to find a better 85mm for under a $1000. I attached this to my RED Scarlet and shot a commercial this week on it. Couldn't have been happier with the results. Just a side note, even though it isn't declicked, it clicks inbetween stops to get those nice split stops. Also very heavy duty. Very little plastic.

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                                          5.0

                                          Love this Lens

                                          By leeshrader

                                          from Las Vegas, NV

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easily Interchangeable
                                          • Rugged
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Photography
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Video
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                                            Best 85mm on the market in my opinion for under [$], and it's faster than most of the others in that price range. It's a very heavy duty solid lens. Very smooth focus ring. It also clicks inbetween stops as well to get those half stops.

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