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GF1 + Rokinon 85mm f1.4

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by mountaingoat, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. mountaingoat

    mountaingoat Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 11, 2010
    New York City
    I recently dug up my long forgotten Rokinon 85mm and hook it up to my newly acquired GF1. Wow, it is sharp even wide open with smooth bokeh. It really give the lens a new life. I acquired the lens long ago to use with my 5D2 but found it too difficult to focus correctly even with a split screen. Here's an example, yes, yet another cat shot :) 

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spicyoldginger/5235481463/" title="_1010849 by SpicyOldGinger, on Flickr">
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    "500" height="333" alt="_1010849" /></a>
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  2. Krang

    Krang Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    Looks really nice. The focus is spot on. And I like cats:) 

    Was it expensive?
  3. JCD

    JCD Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 10, 2010
    Palermo, Italy
    I had this lens on my Nikon D200 (as Samyang) and it's simply superb; I wonder if, on MFT, it's a bit too long
  4. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010
    Did you use an EVF? How did you find the balance of the camera/lens? Whose adaptor did you use? V nice photo, by the way...:thumbup:
  5. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I just got this lens in the mail today. Can I ask - was your focus and ap ring really tight at first? I'm finding mine is really tight, and I'm wondering if it will loosen up or not.

    It is a very sharp lens, though.
  6. mountaingoat

    mountaingoat Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 11, 2010
    New York City
    krang: ~$200 used but you can get a brand new one for $230'ish. I won't buy it just for mFT though. It is a relatively large and a heavy lens. It kind of defeats the purpose of the mFT system :)  I won't carry it around for sure but it is a fun lens to fool around in the house. You don't have to clean your house or have great light to get good shots. The background just melt away.

    JCD: I found 160 very usable for portraits. It is not that much longer than my 135L on my 5D2. I found the images from both lenses comparable.

    chasm: It is easier to take cat photos while they are on the floor with an EVF :)  As far as the balance goes, I don't have a problem with it. You kind of just hold the lens and not worry about the body. Since the body is so light, I found it much easier to hold this setup than a heavy body + heavy lens (for example, 5D2 + 135L). The attached cat photos was shot at 1/30s, f1.4, ISO 640 pushed .5 stops at post. I found the GF1 consistently under expose. The adapter is a cheapo ebay one. I bought it long ago to play with my Canon lenses.

    WT21: Yes, it is tight. I kind of like it tight though. It feels more precise.

    Another example featuring Mo again:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spicyoldginger/5253137920/" title="_1010944 by SpicyOldGinger, on Flickr">
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    "500" height="333" alt="_1010944" /></a>

    This is what it look like attached to the GF1:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spicyoldginger/5253138146/" title="_MG_7312 by SpicyOldGinger, on Flickr">
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    "500" height="333" alt="_MG_7312" /></a>
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