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Old Dec 2, 2011, 8:14 AM   #1
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Default Rokinon 85mm f1.4

Anyone using this lens on the Pens. Seems like a good buy on a low light lens for 299.00 even if it's manual focus.
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One thing you have to keep in mind with this lens is, it is a regular four-thirds mount lens, not micro four-thirds, and would require the four-thirds to micro adapter, and it's not going to be a light weight lens.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ical_Lens.html

I would think at some point, if their outstanding fisheye proves to be a good seller, the 85/1.4 would be a perfect candidate for an updated, smaller micro version, especially if neither Olympus or Panasonic fills that void with a similar model.
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Thanks Greg. I'm not considering buying one, just curious as to the image quality. Their fish eye looks pretty good and I would imagine this would at least equal it in IQ.
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I think you are probably right about the image quality. I have seen one or two posts in the Olympus DSLR section regarding this lens with a couple of examples. Manual focus would be much easier with the EVF and the magnified manual focus assist compared to the dimmer finders in the DSLR's.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...inon+85mm&qf=m

There were several other posts that originally had attached images. I think some of these are links to sites not authorized on my office computer so they do not come through for me to see right now, but you may see them.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...inon+85mm&qf=m

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...inon+85mm&qf=m

I cannot remember what these originally looked like, but there are lots of positive replies which lead me to believe this is one nice lens. After using their fisheye, I may just have to think about this one, too.
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I was able to open the links but the pics do not appear very sharp to me. But that seems to be common with any pics I see on DP review.
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I'll have to wait until I can get home this evening and look again. If they were shot at f1.4, the depth of field will be extremely shallow with just a tiny area in sharp focus. I was able to see the first image of the toy where only the writing on the label was in focus. That's about what I'd expect at 85mm and f1.4

The images posted here where the lens in Canon-mount was used should be typical..

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=741699

Here's a test performed by Popular Photography..

http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2011/09...5mm-f14-if-umc

And a Youtube video of the lens. There are several other videos there you'll also see there for this lens, some under the Samyang name.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOkDGbPfpiQ

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Looked at the video and that lens would look huge on my PL2, even looks big on the Canon body.
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Yes, that's why I made the initial comment I did about there not being a micro-specific version. The four-thirds lens would be the exact same lens with the four-thirds mount on it so it would be.....quite big on a Pen.

A smaller, micro-specific 85mm f1.4 lens would probably sell very, very well at under $300 and would have a much broader appeal than the 7.5mm fisheye.
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I thought I read somewhere where Zeiss is going to be coming out with M43 lenses. Did you hear anything on that?
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That would be a first. I do not recall having seen it, but that doesn't mean it's not so!
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