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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon

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  • 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
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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
  • Limited 1-Year Worldwide Warranty
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    Rokinon85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon
     
    4.6

    (based on 68 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    95%

    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 (15), Photo enthusiast (9), Professional artist (9), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (60)

    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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    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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    4.0

    Nice sharp lens

    By sgm

    from New York

    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:

      Nice sharp lens, focus ring is quite stiff at the start but better when it losens up.

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      1.0

      Nice glass totally impractical!

      By ianfotos

      from College Park Maryland

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • In The Studio

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

      I was given this lens as a gift from my wife,I was pleased by the feel and construction .i was really disappointed by the lack of full aperture metering and viewing. Unless you are shooting a still life or wide open all the time it renders the lens completely unusable since you can't see to focus once the lens is stopped down to a working aperture. DSLR focusing screens aren't made for critical manual focusing so even wide open its difficult to focus. I returned it and bought the Canon EFS 60F2.8 Macro instead ,what a difference. And B&H made the exchange relatively painless!

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      5.0

      super awesome lens

      By bigdad

      from Dallas-Fort

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

      This lens is awesome. Great picture sharpness. Takes me back when I was a kid learning to take pictures on my dad's pentax. U can't beat the quality of this lens for the price. Best 85 on thee market

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      5.0

      Awesome bang for the buck!

      By jmsibertphotog

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Sharper than any of the mid-grade zooms I have. Clean, creamy backgrounds, excellent color rendition with minimal chromatic aberration thanks to the aspherical element within. A nice size for an 85 mm too.Definitely an excellent portrait lens. Not that awesome for landscapes or sports and such; incapable of macro photography. Made me much more confident about buying a manual-focus only lens (it's so manual it has an APERTURE RING, like the old lenses from way back. No electronic components; camera doesn't even know there's a lens on the front. But it's my lens of choice when it comes to commercial, fashion, and portrait work. Nailing the focus through the viewfinder is tricky, especially in low light, but with a little patience it turns out super sharp, bokeh-licious images that really grab attention.

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          5.0

          AWESOME!

          By Andre Shanks

          from New Orleans, LA

          About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

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

            I LOVE THIS LENS! Its a huge upgrade from the standard factory lens that came with my 70D. Its a little challenging using manual focus but it's forcing me to get better at my craft! This lens brings the photograph to life with such vivid details!

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            4.0

            Not a beginner lens

            By Render

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Cheap Lens Cap And Hood
            • No autofocus

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio
            • Nature

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

            I bought this lens mainly for portrait work and the low f-stop. For the price, it is an amazing lens. I use this on a Canon 7D and love the depth of field compared to my Pentax 50mm and Sigma 18-35mm. My setup consists of a LCD screen magnifier eyepiece since I only shoot in live mode with this lens. I'm not sure if I can survive with trying to focus through the viewfinder. Which is why I rated it 4 stars. The lens hood is thin and feels like it would crack easily.

            I was initially saving up for a 70-200mm, but this was so affordable plus I absolutely need the F1.8, since the 7D does not perform as well in high ISO compared to the 5D. My friend bought this at the same time I did and had trouble using the lens for focusing. The Sigma 85mm and the Canon 85mm f1.2 would be the next investment. I would love this lens with AF, but for now it renders beautiful pictures if you can master manual focusing.

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            4.0

            Great for price

            By Sara

            from Dallas

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

            If you don't mind manual focus this lens is beautiful. I do wish I had autofocus since the exact focal length is so tiny it's hard to be precise but it's a great lens beautiful. Glad I bought it

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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

                Verified Reviewer

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                  Cons

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                      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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