Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

This is the Samyang 85mm f/1.4. Throughout the years, Samyang lenses have been branded with various names among which are Rokinon and Bower. They are made by Samyang Optics from South Korea. The company have built affordable off-brand lenses since the 1970s. Samyang is one of the rare off-brand lens manufacturers that has consistently maintained above average build quality and performance. There are quite a few notable Samyang lenses that have performed well above expectations, not just in terms of for-the-price but in absolute terms of quality.

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

This is the Nikon F-mount AE model that enables electronic communication with Nikon cameras. It’s a manual focus lens but has focus confirmation chip that triggers the in-focus indicator in the viewfinder. This model is supposed to trigger an audible in-focus beep as well, but for some reason it never worked. I decided not to make fuss over it. The viewfinder indicator light seemed enough for me. The build quality is quite nice as well. The focus and aperture ring are well dampened and operate with sense of dignity. Fit and finish is satisfyingly solid with absolutely no rattles or unintended movement. Only complaint is the lens cap that is total crap. But that’s nitpicking. Because it is a lot of glass for the money.

This lens works nicely on the micro four thirds camera as a sort of long-ish telephoto. Since the M4/3 system has 2.0x crop sensor, 85mm becomes 170mm. The LCD zoom focus assist really becomes helpful when trying to focus at aperture of 1.4. My Lumix GF2 becomes quite front heavy with this lens attached and is actually somewhat awkward to operate. But it doesn’t matter because it’s actually as much fun as it is weird.

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

f/1.4, 1/125s, iso 1600
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

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