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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Pentax

You Pay: $269.00
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 Pentax 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 Pentax K
Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (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 Pentax
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Removable Lens Hood
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Worldwide Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Rokinon85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Pentax
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (9)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Rugged (3)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Night photography (4)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Impressed

    I recently purchased my 1st DSLR (Pentax K-30) with a couple of kit lenses. While I have had some great results with them outside, I quickly realized I needed faster glass for...Read complete review

    I recently purchased my 1st DSLR (Pentax K-30) with a couple of kit lenses. While I have had some great results with them outside, I quickly realized I needed faster glass for indoor sports shooting and I'm on a budget. Rokinon met the need.

    I've never manually focused but quickly learned how to get some sharp images with this lense. What I did was put the camera in drive mode (6fps). I would focus on the subjects as best I could through the view-finder, start snapping pictures and slowly walk the focus through the subjects. Out of every burst, I got at least 1 very sharp image and sometimes 2. Honestly, I'm barely getting that level of sharpness with my other auto-focus lenses when shooting fast action. I've actually put some of my other lense on manual focus for fast action because of what I learned with this lense.

    Additionally, this is by FAR the highest quality lens I own now. I would definately buy another Rokinon lense! Very impressed!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Stiff Focusing Ring

    The focusing ring is really stiff compared to other manual lenses I have used. As a result, it takes a lot of force to change the focus and this causes the camera to move...Read complete review

    The focusing ring is really stiff compared to other manual lenses I have used. As a result, it takes a lot of force to change the focus and this causes the camera to move a lot which makes it difficult to capture candid shots. The lens is also heavy weighing in at nearly a pound. This makes my Pentax K-5 feel off balanced.

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    4.0

    Solid lens, good value

    By edgineer

    from Montevideo, Uruguay

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Handling
    • Shallow Dof
    • Sharp Wide Open

    Cons

    • Mount Too Tight

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Zoo

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

    Only a few comments after my very limited use of this lens so far around the city and mainly in the zoo.

    - It feels very well made, very solid, great balance and looks nice on the camera.
    - It is more compact than I expected.
    - Contrast gets nice underexposing a bit.
    - It delivers realistic colors.
    - Great DOF: when focusing a subject even 15-20 meters away you still get slightly blurred backgrounds, enough to better define the subject.
    - Thin branches against bright sky are almost entirely purple. It gets a lot better stopping down though, and I still think it is reasonable considering the extreme light situation.

    Worst of all:
    - Mount is tight, too tight, worse than any other lens I have used. I really suffer when mounting it (Pentax mount in my case). I only hope it does not affect the mount permanently. I would have definitely paid some extra for a better mount.

    It is not five stars for me because of the mount, and price that could be a bit lower.

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    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fast, sharp and inexpensive

    By Derek

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Value
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Manual Focus Only

    Best Uses

    • Portraits

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

    I bought this lens to use as my go-to portrait lens on my K-5 IIs. Paired with image stabilization and automatic aperture control/EXIF reporting, it is very handy on Pentax. Focusing with magnified Live View is recommended for accurate results.

    It is well-made with a mix of metal and plastic on the body. The aperture and focus rings are tight and smooth. Optically, I was very surprised to see how sharp it is wide open at f/1.4. Color and contrast are pretty strong as well. Both get better towards f/4 where the lens reaches its peak.

    There is little to complain about. The lens cap is pretty cheap. Realize that shooting manual focus requires practice and patience. Highly recommended!

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    • No

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Impressed

    By New Hobby

    from Georgia

    About Me Hobbyist

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fast Action
      • Low-light

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

      I recently purchased my 1st DSLR (Pentax K-30) with a couple of kit lenses. While I have had some great results with them outside, I quickly realized I needed faster glass for indoor sports shooting and I'm on a budget. Rokinon met the need.

      I've never manually focused but quickly learned how to get some sharp images with this lense. What I did was put the camera in drive mode (6fps). I would focus on the subjects as best I could through the view-finder, start snapping pictures and slowly walk the focus through the subjects. Out of every burst, I got at least 1 very sharp image and sometimes 2. Honestly, I'm barely getting that level of sharpness with my other auto-focus lenses when shooting fast action. I've actually put some of my other lense on manual focus for fast action because of what I learned with this lense.

      Additionally, this is by FAR the highest quality lens I own now. I would definately buy another Rokinon lense! Very impressed!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very sharp for any price

      By Zorro

      from Miami, Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Very Sharp

      Cons

      • I Wished It Auto Focused

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Model Photos

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

      I am semi-pro with both Pentax and Nikon equipment. I thought this lens was very sharp from day one but Sunday I matched it with the well respected Nikon 105mm f2.8 pro lens. The Rokinon did excellent against this $[$] lens, only loosing a bit in th corners, and that was hardly noticeable. I also preferred the color rendition of the Rokinon. So I am very happy I bought it considering its quality, balance, workmanship and specially sharpness. This lens will work with my future full frame Pentax and as a "portrait lens" an 85mm makes more sense that a 105mm in digital crop frames. By the way, I love B&H ! Keep up the good work !

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Zorro

      from South Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Focus Led Works
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharpness
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Models

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

      I am a semi-opro owning both Nikon and Pentax equipment. I bought the 85 mm for the Pentax as I use that camera more and more. It is very sharp and the colors and Bokeh are beautiful. You cannot go wrong for the price of this lens. I did not need it as I own the Kikon 105 mm for model shoots etc. But again, for the money this lens is outstanding, and it would be superb at any price really.
      Criticisms of the lens have revolved about the flimsy lens cap and hood. I solved that by buying a Sensei (generic) lens cap with the pinch buttons in the middle and now I can keep the lens hood on all the time with the cap on or off.
      And last but not LEAST.....the focus indicator led works on my Pentax when in focus!!!!!

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      • No
      • Similar:
      • Nikon 105mm lens

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      3.0

      Stiff Focusing Ring

      By Jack Spiceman

      from New York, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      The focusing ring is really stiff compared to other manual lenses I have used. As a result, it takes a lot of force to change the focus and this causes the camera to move a lot which makes it difficult to capture candid shots. The lens is also heavy weighing in at nearly a pound. This makes my Pentax K-5 feel off balanced.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 fantastic

      By Lance

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      The lens works great. Smooth, long focus ring. Clear, crisp images even wide open. Very well built. Heavy glass as it feels well constructed. I listed the weight as a con but actually it feels good on the camera. 72mm diameter for those wanting to add filters. Color is excellent. You can't beat the price. awesome bokeh. My new favorite lens. Manual focus works well.

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      • No

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME product! BEAUTIFUL images!THX BH

      By AscendantImaging

      from Simpsonville, SC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        THIS LENS IS A-MAZING. BOUGHT FOR USE ON NIKON D70 AND PENTAX KX. COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT AND YOUR COMPANY TO EVERYONE. SHIPPING WAS SOONER THAN EXPECTED AND LENS ARRIVED IN PERFECT CONDITION. LOOK FORWARD TO SHOWING THE PHOTOGRAPHS OFF TO THE WORLD.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the Best Deals Going

        By AzoDude

        from Near Kansas City

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Bought this lens based upon the great many positive reviews it has received. Not disappointed with it in the least. Shot 9 gig of photos and video with it the first time out. Worked just as well as all the reviews said it did. Had no problems acclimating to it.

          The only way it could be improved would be to have a metal barrel. But that would boost the cost up considerably.

          This lens cannot be beaten for the price.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By Christos

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            It took me a while to remember the old times when I had to stand up and walk away or closer to the subject. Lens is very sharp even wide open. I can see some tiny bubbles inside the lens... I thought of exchanging it but all photos come out nice. I read somewhere that lenses with tiny bubbles meant back in the 60`s or 70s a superieur lens because of the light it captures and it is because of the way they built the glass. I sure hope so :)

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Lens for a Bargain Price!!

            By Masabu

            from Arlington, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Portraiture

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

            It is hard to find good quality brand new prime lens for less than $300 these days. This lens is what you were looking for if you are photographer on budget.

            This lens is made by Korean optic maker Samyang, same lens is sold by Vivitar and Bower but they are essentially the same lens, but this one from Rokinon is cheaper for some reason.

            The construction is solid and you can use auto exposure as lens has A-position. Also this lens while it is fast (f 1.4), is not that heavy.

            The lens hood is flimsy compared with my Zeiss 50mm's hood which is made of metal (well think about the price of this lens). After test shot, I extended hood using plastic sheet as original hood is not long enough for APS-sensor camera.

            Filter thread is made of plastic. You do not want to change filter often with this lens, but most likely most users will shoot without any filters or with protective filter attached all the time.

            Optics is very nice, sharp if you focus correctly, color rendition is good as well.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Lens for a Bargain Price!!

            By Masabu

            from Arlington, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Portraiture

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

            It is hard to find good quality brand new prime lens for less than $300 these days. This lens is what you were looking for if you are photographer on budget.

            This lens is made by Korean optic maker Samyang, same lens is sold by Vivitar and Bower but they are essentially the same lens, but this one from Rokinon is cheaper for some reason.

            The construction is solid and you can use auto exposure as lens has A-position. Also this lens while it is fast (f 1.4), is not that heavy.

            The lens hood is flimsy compared with my Zeiss 50mm's hood which is made of metal (well think about the price of this lens). After test shot, I extended hood using plastic sheet as original hood is not long enough for APS-sensor camera.

            Filter thread is made of plastic. You do not want to change filter often with this lens, but most likely most users will shoot without any filters or with protective filter attached all the time.

            Optics is very nice, sharp if you focus correctly, color rendition is good as well.

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            • No

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