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Old August 25th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #106
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Has anyone ever compared the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 to Canon 85mm f1.8? Both are at the same price range and have gotten good reviews.
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The Rokinon is perfect for video. Another great thing about full MF lenses is they are great for time lapses (no flicker).
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Old August 25th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #107
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"Has anyone ever compared the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 to Canon 85mm f1.8? Both are at the same price range and have gotten good reviews. "

I have both and it is sharper than my Canon 85mm F.1.8 at wide open, that is the only F stop I compared cuz it is my low light lens and all I care about is F1.4, I still have my Canon for taking still.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #108
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Johannes, the Canon 85mm 1.8 will produce a be a sharper image compared to the Rokinon 85mm 1.4.
The big difference between the two lenses though, is that the Canon 85mm is an auto lens, so it has AF capability.

The Rokinon 85mm is a full manual lens. As such the Rokinon will have no AF capability, as well as iris confirmation with the camera. So aperture control done from the lens, not the camera. that being said, this is great for video, as you get smoother aperture control to your image, as well as a nice tactile focus ring for smoother manual focusing.

A manual lens might be better suited for video. But if you want a lens that does both, the Canon 85mm will be a better bet. As you can get sharp instantaneous AF for fast moving stills, and good glass for video.

So if you want an 85mm for video only, the Rokinon might be a better choice, due to it's manual features,a and much lower price point. But if you want a lens for both video and still, then I would go with the Canon.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 10:22 PM   #109
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Thanks guys, I guess Canon would suit me best then. No plan on buying it (yet!) but most probably be the next lens I'd consider so it's always good to know. I personally can't live without AF, due to the fact that I love photography as well and manual focusing at low aperture for photo is just painful. I've practiced with my Super Takumar.. and 8 out of 10 photos are usually horribly out of focus!
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