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Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF

B&H # BO8515C Mfr # SLY85VDC
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You Pay: $279.95
Product Highlights
  • Covers Full-Frame Format Sensors
  • Very Fast T1.5 Maximum Aperture
  • 8 Blade Iris for Attractive Bokeh
  • Geared Focus and Aperture Control Rings
  • "Declicked" Aperture Control Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 3.6'
  • Internal Focusing
  • Aspheric Lens Element Limits Distortion
  • Lens Multi-Coating Improves Transmission

The Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF produces a slightly telephoto angle-of-view on full-frame sensors. It features a very fast maximum aperture of T1.5 and an 8 blade iris, for shallow depth of field with attractive bokeh. The focus and aperture control rings are outfitted with industry standard gearing, which provides an interface for working with a traditional follow focus. The aperture control ring has also been "declicked," which facilitates smooth iris pulls.

The 85mm has a minimum focus distance of 3.6'. Internal focusing minimizes the effects of lens breathing, which insures a more consistent angle-of-view when adjusting focus. The lens is composed of 9 elements in 7 groups, including one aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations. In addition, multi-coated elements help improve light transmission.

85mm focal length for full-frame format
Very fast T1.5 maximum aperture
8 blade iris for attractive bokeh
Geared focus and aperture control rings
"Declicked" aperture control ring
Minimum focus distance of 3.6'
Internal focusing mitigates lens breathing
Aspheric lens element limits spherical aberration
Lens multi-coating improves transmission
Format 35mm full-frame
Mount Type Canon EF
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Max: T1.5
Min: f/22
Iris Blades 8
Minimum Focus Distance 3.6' (1.1 m)
Focus Type Manual focus only
Angle of View Full-frame: 28.3°
APS-C (Canon): 17.7°
Lens Construction 9 elements in 7 groups (with 1 aspherical lens)
Filter Size 72 mm
Gear Pitch 0.8
Dimensions 3.07 x 2.94" (7.80 x 7.47 cm)
Weight 20.46 oz (580 g) with cap and hood
Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Detachable Lens Hood
  • Soft Lens Pouch
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Bower85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF
     
    4.9

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Professional quality (14)
    • Highly compatible (9)
    • Improves performance (9)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (14)
      • Complex projects (7)
      • In the studio (5)
      • Home movies (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (8), Business owner (3), Enthusiast (3), Film student (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Reviewed by 21 customers

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      5.0

      My second Bower

      By Galko

      from Boston

      About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

        To complete my lens set for my Canon 70D, I knew that I needed a Cine. I didn't want to spring for a Canon ($$$) and I found Bower. I couldn't be happier. In fact, this is the second Bower Cine Lens I own and I am in love with it: weighty, smooth, heavy-duty where it counts and sensitive as well.Big thumbs up -- 85mm has a very unique look.

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        5.0

        Nearly perfect... What else do you want?

        By John Behind Truth Art

        from New York, NY

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Cheap Hood- Really

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

        Wonderful little inexpensive lens that works extremely well in low light. The noiseless clickless aperture control helps ("Declicked" Aperture Control Ring) while filming in outdoor settings or when light changes. Minimum Focus Distance of 3.6' helps to really capture faces or objects while blurring out background easily. No visible distortion detected in post. What else can you say for the money this thing rocks, and even if it were more, its still a worthy addition for someone's shooting options. Highly recommended.

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        5.0

        Great Lens with Slight Learning Curve

        By Video Juice Media

        from Boulder, CO.

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

          This is my first Cine Lens, so it took me a little adjusting to it's unique features.The main thing to understand is the click-less aperture ring. I LOVE THIS, but when using it snap off stills, I was thrown off.Now, I'm used to it, and the Lens produces beautiful images on my cropped frame D60 and GH3. The 1.5 aperture gets startlingly great shots, but beware of the slightest movements causing your subject to go out of focus. Of course, this is more like a 135mm on my cropped frames, so it's easier to lose that focus when stopped all the way to 1.5There will be footage from this available at videojuicemedia. (after October 15th, 2014) in the blog section. I will see if I can footage to this review as well.

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          5.0

          Must have for any kit

          By Thor

          from Pittsburgh, pa

          Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

          I love the look of a good 85 prime. This lens doesn't disappoint. Has a nice sharp focus and beautifully crushes foregrounds and backgrounds.

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Daniel

          from Pennsylvania

          Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

          The bower 85mm lens is an outstanding option for filmmaker a searching for a more inexpensive cinema prime lens at a lower cost. The quality is astounding and, with a tremendous maximum aperture of T1.5, the shots I got with this are very crisp with minimal grain and a very shallow depth of field. While it can be slightly hard to work with at times because if how tight 85mm really is, the final look you'll acheive will certainly make up for that. Very, very good lens. Next on my list is the 50mm prime, but until then, I'm ecstatic with this one.

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          5.0

          I like the still shots also

          By keyzer

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

          for the price, the video quality is at par. I even enjoy doing stills with this. I need to see if how does this behave in long shot in dark.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lens! Buy it!

          By ConPro Films

          from Stow, Ohio

          About Me Movie Producer, Wedding videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Look Of Expensive Lens
          • Looks Ofeexpensive Lens
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • Wedding videography

            Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

            I'm using this with my Canon T4i and it's amazing. With it's sensor, it's more of a 140mm but push the camera back and use this lens to get some great shots. I will get the 24mm next.
            We used it on a C-100 to shoot a movie that was nominated for four awards and another that won a film project. Just amazing lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            BOWER 85mm

            By Mikhail

            from Lima, Perú

            About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

              BOOOM, this is a really good lens, very sharp and creates amazing bokeh's, im pretty happy with this lens, i love it. Really good in low light, i love it.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Produto excelente. Compre !

              By Fred

              from SP,Brasil

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                Produto com excelente qualidade. Trabalha suavemente.Imagem fantástica. Fácil de usar.É uma lente muito clara 1.5 e produz imagens ótimas, mesmo com pouca luz.Precisa se acostumar com as regulagens da lente e ajustes da câmera,porque é tudo manual. Com alguns testes, fazer os ajustes não será o problema.O custo é ótimo.Vale a pena comprar as outras lentes, 24 e 35mm. Muito boa para filmagens, mas tambem produz boas fotos com desfoque do fundo.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By Franklin

                from Dominican Republic

                About Me Film Student

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                  Just another GREAT LENS for video,nice price and good quality,go for it !

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great

                  By Gerrit

                  from Luebeck, Germany

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  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 Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                    I use this Lens with my Canon C-100, and my Canon 7d, and so far I can say this Lens makes incredible images. I love the depth of flied from these Lenses. This is an absolute No brainer. Go and get one. I wonder why the exact same Lenses, only with different Names on it (Samyang, Rokinon) cost so much more when it's the exact same Lens, only with another name. So forget the name and go with the cheapest one, this one.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice basic Cine lens

                    By henryhbk

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Intraoperative Film

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Slightly Soft Wide Open

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • On Location

                    Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                    Nice basic cine lens which very nicely attaches to my follow focus. Declicked aperture. Is it a $[$]zeiss lens quality, of course not, but it's pretty darn good and 5% the cost. It gets a tad soft around the edges wide open, but yeah thats t1.5 for you. If you are looking for a medium tele prime this is an excellent bargain.

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                    5.0

                    Great video lens

                    By Tom Antos

                    from NYC

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                    It's a great sharp and solidly built lens for video application. I say it's for video because it's got manual focus and also smooth (not stepped) aperture that's marked in cine T-stops instead of F-stops. You can still take photos with this lens obviously BUT it works better in video applications with a follow focus system.

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                    4.0

                    Significant improvement

                    By Gpmedia

                    from Birmingham

                    Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                    I do local event videography. My camera is the Canon 7D and this lens is a significant improvement over the stock 28-135 lens that came with my camera. Evening video is nearly exactly the same brightness reality. I love it. Next on my list the 24mm.....that 1.7 crop factor plays a big factor with prime lenses.

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                    5.0

                    One of the best bang for the buck!

                    By Oron C

                    from London, UK

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                    I use this lens for video on a Canon 60D for my personal small projects as most of my work consist of bigger shoots mainly on RED Epic/Scarlet which I rent cine lenses for.

                    It's great to have a fully manual lens with de-clicked aperture for video use. The lens is quite sharp, not as a Canon 85mm 1.2L or a Ziess ZF but you do get really nice video features.

                    For the price it's on a league of it's own. but don't expect a real cine lens quality or really long focus rotation. Also, the marks on the lens are not as accurate as for example my Ziess 50mm, so if you hit the 6feet mark and you're 6feet from a subject it doesn't mean you'll be in focus...

                    Another important note, on a personal level is that for me the lens doesn't have a unique look, like the Ziess, Canon L or Cine lenses like Cooke. It lacks the "character" expensive lenses have, but that's totally understandable considering the price. I'm just saying as I know some people will prefer to save up and wait till they can just buy the "one" lens that will last them a lifetime.

                    All in all this lens for the price is a no brainer, even as a back up lens or a part of a second set of video Primes to someone that have a more expensive set.

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                    5.0

                    Inexpensive Cinema Lens

                    By Pedanes

                    from Boston

                    Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                    After using DLSR and prime lenses for video in the past 4-5 years, I wanted to learn and take advantage of capabilities of cinema camera and lenses and recently acquired a Canon C100 camera. Professional quality cinema lenses (Canon, Zeiss) are very expensive (for me), so I found this lens as an alternative. This lens is probably the cheapest cinema lens you could find for C100 camera, it is 10-15 times less expensive than Canon/Zeiss counterparts. Obviously, I don't claim that the quality of the glass will match those expensive ones, but as an introduction to fully manually operated cinema lenses this is a good choice for a hobbyist like myself. I used the lens for a few weeks so far and I am very happy with my purchase. The focusing and declicked aperture rings function flawlessly and I recorded beautiful images. In fact, I started enjoying manual focusing and iris control so much that I am planning to purchase 24 and 35 mm version of these lenses soon.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens, great price nice features

                    By Likemynded Media

                    from Northern Virginia

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Click Free Aperture
                    • External Lens Barrel Gear
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                      I use this lens for stills and video work and it performs well. The click free aperture is great for video work. The glass is fast for low light work and the gear teeth make it easy to attach my follow focus rig.

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                      5.0

                      Very good value for the right use

                      By SteveB

                      from Oklahoma

                      About Me Freelance Tv And Corp Vid, In House Video And Photos

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portrait photography
                        • Video Of All Kinds

                        Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                        Purchased primarily for studio video production with 60D and 5D3. Will also go on location for occastional video and photography work.

                        Lens feels substantial (i.e. good) in your hands for it's size. Initial testing with 5D3 produced beautifully sharp video and photos both in studio (chromakey) and indoor/outdoors (Christmas family portraits and a few candids). Rings operate very smoothly. Lens hood is cheap plastic, but fits and functions properly. Have not rigged it to use the gears yet, but expect it will work fine when the time comes.

                        Wide open, it produced cleaner images than the Canon 24-105 in low light.

                        I would not use this for fast moving event photography - lack of automation makes it unsuitable.

                        Being accustomed to Canon photo lenses, it was a bit of an adjustment, though not difficult, to go fully manual. I expect to really like the manual aperture with more use.

                        I plan to purchase other focal lengths from the same manufacterer, if not under the same brand name (Bower = Rokinon = etc...).

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                        5.0

                        A Great Lens!

                        By The Auteur

                        from Brandon, MS

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                          This is a great lens for anyone who shoots on a DSLR! I use this lens for videos I produce through my business and I absolutely love it! The de-clicked aperture is amazing and the follow focus rings give you a great option to use this with a rig. I had heard the compact size was a problem for some, but I have found it to be a plus because it makes it easier to tote this lens around town. I highly recommend this lens and I am thinking about even using it to shoot a film project I plan on producing early next year.

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                          5.0

                          Great Telephoto Prime

                          By Andrew

                          from Pittsburgh

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Event videography

                            Comments about Bower 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF:

                            I use this lens for event videography, primarily for range in low-light scenarios. It works well, but is nearly impossible to use without a tripod, or a very steady hand on a monopod.

                            The amount of light it allows at 1.5 is incredible. I rented it just to try it out, and ended up buying it, as well as the 24 and 35 because I was so impressed.

                            The declicked apature is great for switching from a bright area to a dim area on the fly.

                            The focus is extremely shallow at 1.5, and it can be very difficult to keep a moving subject in focus. If you shoot events, you'll likely find yourself constantly micro-managing focus.

                            If you need something longer than a 50 for low light, you can't beat the quality or price.

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