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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip

You Pay: $309.00
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
  • Chip Allows Focus Confirm, Auto Modes

The 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip from Rokinon gives you a medium telephoto field of view that's ideal for portraits. It includes a special chip that allows the lens to work with the camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering and auto white balance functions. 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.

Special chip allows the use of camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering, auto white balance
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 Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 28.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' (1.01 m)
Elements/Groups 9/7
Features
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
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 Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip
  • 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 Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip
     
    4.6

    (based on 59 reviews)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (43)
    • Consistent output (29)
    • Strong construction (29)
    • Durable (19)
    • Easily interchangeable (14)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (8)
    • Heavy (5)
    • Tough to attach (5)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (32)
    • Night photography (21)
    • Weddings (20)
    • Video (16)
    • Portraits (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (17), Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (53), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fantastic Bargin

    If you're like me you're very unlikely to buy a lens this inexpensive; after all, the Nikon version costs about $1.8K while this is [$] we've all learned you "don't get...Read complete review

    If you're like me you're very unlikely to buy a lens this inexpensive; after all, the Nikon version costs about $1.8K while this is [$] we've all learned you "don't get something for nothing," well [$] is not nothing but compared to $1,800 is close. This lens is one of the rare exceptions in life and a definite bargain. When I opened the box I wasn't sure what to expect, but as soon as I felt it and rotated the focus ring I was instantly excited. My first test shots were at 1.4 in room light of my Boxer and what I saw in the file was detail and sharpness I rarely see with my fast Nikon primes wide open. I decided to buy the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 lens. On D3 bodies focus is a breeze given the viewfinder's focus indicator. Thrilled with the purchase.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good lens for the price

    Knowing what I have been looking through reviews now when I bought this lens I may say that this is fairly good lens. For anyone who did not use this type of 1.4 lens...Read complete review

    Knowing what I have been looking through reviews now when I bought this lens I may say that this is fairly good lens. For anyone who did not use this type of 1.4 lens previously, will need a period of adaptation.I Must say that it is very hard to focus although it has a chip and AF focus confirmation,I find my self using the eye on the subject method working best for me. Soft at 1.4 much much better at 1.8 and much easier to focus. Using it with moving subject is useless , but the bokeh for still portraits is so so smooth. Personaly I think that Nikkor 1.8 is better choice as you will not loose frames due to lack of AF on Rokinon.
    Summary: With a bit more sharpenning you will get some great results

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Freeland

    from Cape Cod, MA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

    This lens as good if not better than the Nikon equivalent, if you don't mind manual focus. With the focus confirmation chip its almost as easy to focus as an AF-S lens.

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    4.0

    Research Pays Off

    By Captain GJ

    from St. Thomas, USVI

    About Me Semi-retired Graphics Guy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bokeh
    • Build
    • Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Portraits
      • Still-life

      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

      I've owned my 12-24 and 18-200 Nikkor lenses for years. They serve me well but I've always missed the speed and narrow depth of field delivered by my old 50mm 1.4.My new D7100 was all the excuse I needed to get something to satisfy the want. I gave a cursory look to the Nikkor 85 but knew I couldn't justify the cost with my limited use of the lens. Then I read reviews of the Sigma 85. Half the cost of the Nikkor and pretty darned sharp, said the owners. It was then I stumbled on the Rokinon. At $[*], it's less than half of the Sigma but I would have to give up autofocus. Again the reviews on build and performance were quite good. Manual focus was fine with me... get me back to my Nikkormat days! Most every review complimented the bokeh produced and that was one of my main goals for the new glass. For $[*], I'd take the chance and was rewarded. The build is solid and feels precise. The job of manual focusing is fun and no more difficult than changing focus points and/or focus areas inside the camera. It's great for shooting videos, too.I'll never see my results side by side with the Nikkor but am thrilled by what I'm getting. I bought a variable ND filter to let me shoot wide open in the tropical sun. In summary, the Rokinon 85mm 1.4 is a stunning lens at a price that's more than appropriate for my usage. My only "con" is the difficulty in figuring out what to do with the extra $[*].

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      4.0

      Sharp!!!!

      By Radiofro

      from Hawaii

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • In The Studio
      • Portraits

      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

      Razor sharp image. I use tripods when I shoot. Rarely hand hold my gear! Colors are beautiful. Very happy with my results!!

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      5.0

      Great Lens!

      By Matt

      from Minneapolis

      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

      I bought this lens because I had borrowed one for the day from a friend. I fell in love with it and had to have one of my own. It has a shallow dof when wide open but when you get the focus right it is still super sharp at f1.4. Great portrait lens. Solid construction. Precise and smooth manual focus with a great feel. All around this is an amazing lens. Much cheaper than Nikons autofocus version as well!

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      5.0

      So much lens, so little money!

      By Nordicshutter

      from Whitehorse Yukon

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

          Ive used this lens for portraits, and also for landscapes, pet shots, even closeups. It begs to be used wide open, as it performs just as well or better than stopped down to middle aperatures. Yes, it has a fair bit of out-of-focus chromatic aberration, but it's not objectionable. The lens appears very well built, and should last. For 90% of any conceivable uses, it's a match for the expensive f1.4 85mm lenses.

          It's a joy to focus, as with that shallow depth of field, it snaps in and out in a dramatic fashion. There's an added bonus with this lens - skill! I remember now the joy of manual focussing - it's what engaged photography is all about.

          I look forward to trying it for videography - I just need to hire a focus puller!

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Ray

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Semi-professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Quality
          • Value for money

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Classic Portraiture

            Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

            Most of my work is portrait so I need a good prime lens around this focal length. I considered the Nikkor equivalent but after reading various reviews I decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did. Wide open the DOF is almost non-existent at close focus. You can use that to your advantage of course but it comes at a price since there's no AF to rely on. That's no problem for me as I've been using MF lenses for years and I trust my eye. But if you're not a MF veteran you may find the need to focus inconvenient. (Like other reviews have said the focus confirm chip isn't always accurate. I suspect there's a manufacturing spread on this and you may get lucky and receive one that is always accurate.)

            Technically the optical quality is outstanding and I can't add anything new here to what others have already posted.

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            4.0

            super sharp but...

            By wayne anthony

            from Raleigh NC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                Good lense for portraits make sure you're proficient with manual focusing.
                Solid build good in low light settings, and very sharp.
                At 1:4 you better have a tripod or steady hands like a surgeon
                Lens hood terrible dosent have a solid lock

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                5.0

                AWESOME BUY

                By Windell Lewis | Photography

                from Virginia Beach, VA

                About Me Business Owner

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • DSLR Video
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                  I've have been looking at this lens for about 6 months now. I was a hard decision between the rokinon, nikon and sigma 85mm lens. However, once i looked at various photography forums about this lens I was amazed about how alot of buyers were comparing this lens againist similiar lenses. This is a all manual lens so zoom with you feet, it will take a couple of shots to get to use to it but once you have figured it out the results are astounishing. A great lens take will sure you in both still photography and dslr video. The AF confirmation chip is a waste of money its not very accurate save yourself a few dollars and buy one without this feature if you can.

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                  5.0

                  Even manual focus great photos.

                  By Rodrigo Sagrero

                  from Mérida, MX.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                  - Great deep of field for photo and video details.
                  - Not to heavy but add some extra weight
                  - Once you get the "trick" with the Focus Confirm Chip you can make some fast photos.

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                  4.0

                  Rokinon 85mm for Nikon

                  By Tim

                  from Lakewood, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                    I was initialy hesitant about buying an inexpensive lens for my D3s, however, I have been quite pleased with this product. It is a great focal length and very fast. I've used it for outdoor shooting - flowers and wild birds. The image quality is much better than I would expect for the product. It is easy to docus and works well with the Nikon "in focus indicator." I would definitely recommend it.

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                    5.0

                    For the money this is a great lens.

                    By Buddy343

                    from Boston

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video

                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                      As someone who has been taking photo's for over 20 yrs i am use to using a manual focus lens,so if you can get past that you will be very happy with this lens.

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                      4.0

                      Good lens

                      By tjames

                      from San Antonio Texas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                      I'm no pro, I really wanted a 50 mm instead of an 85mm. I get made fun of sometimes at how far away I have to get to get just 4 people in the frame, but that's ok. The quality of fotos is definitely great. I hope to get even better photos now that I actually learned about the green dot that tells you that the Focus Confirm Chip has confirmed focus, because it's a challenge even with my glasses on to tell when it's focused. It's so precise in fact it can be a little frustrating at times that one person is in perfect focus but the person 6 inches farther away is out of focus. Over all a good experience and I love being able to finally take photos in low light without being grainy, and I'm very glad I splurged for the 1.4 and not the 2.8, which would not have been enough difference for me from my 3.5f/s. Aside from the that it gets lots of oooos and ahhhhhs because of the aspherical look.

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                      4.0

                      Amazing Lens

                      By skaMEDIA

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                      Beautiful crispness and quality photos.

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                      5.0

                      Very Happy

                      By The Gifter

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                      Very Happy with this lens.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      A specialty lens

                      By Royphoto

                      from Hooksett NH

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                        I typically only like the sharpest lenses I can find and this lens is not the sharpest at least at f1.4, but sharp enough. It is really intended for close portraits where everything else is soft including the subjects skin. Best thing is that I find it is easy to focus without looking at the green dot (Nikon) or if I use the dot it helps to reassure me that I am focused properly.

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                        4.0

                        Great lens at a bargin price

                        By Voidnaught

                        from Brisbane , Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Sharp
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Manual Focus

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                        This lens is a great affordable alternate to nikon or canons fast aperture 85mm primes .it produces great bokeh wide open while remaining razor sharp on the subject .this lens though is ideally suited as a portrait lens or for landscapes due to it being manual focus only .the focus confirmation chip version is a must though as trying to nail focus wide open can be a challenge and it assists greatly .as for down sides one it manually focus so it does limit its use to certain types of photography secondly its not weather sealed .

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                        5.0

                        The perfect match for photo and video

                        By JuanC

                        from Woodhaven, Queens NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                          I've been testing this lens with video on my Nikon D600 and is awesome, the bokeh is super beautiful, very sharp. The confirmation chip is wonderful.

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                          5.0

                          more than expected

                          By toddjoh

                          from Oklahoma

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                            Only thing missing is autofocus. the quality seems as good as any other except maybe the real top end glass offered from Nikon, Canon, Etc, It's certainly as good and or better than any of their run of the mill lenses. The focus is stiff but I expect that to get better with use. The focus is super critical when shooting wide open so maybe the tightness is a good thing causing me to slow down. the images seem sharp with good color and the quality of the out of focus "bokeh" are worth the price of the lens.

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                            5.0

                            great investment

                            By Ricardo from Bolivia

                            from Beijing

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • No Auto Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Photography
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                            Bought this lens 6 months ago, I can't be happier with this purchase, at the beginning I had a hard time getting used to manual focus, but after many, many shots of practice I finally managed to live without the AF, the focus confirm chip is a great help. This lens is great for shooting stills, portraits (nice bokeh) if you want to shoot action it will be very challenging for you.
                            I own a D5000 and the lens feels great on my camera, feels very solid. Finally I have to say that a f/1.4 for this price is really a bargain!

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                            4.0

                            I like it

                            By Max

                            from Carrollton , ga

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Video

                            Comments about Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                            I enjoyed using this lens. I find it hard to nail at first but when you get used to it, its magic in every shot

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