Is there a good and cheap 85mm/1.4 ?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Steven, May 11, 2013.

  1. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    I have a Canon FD 85mm/1.8 but often find myself wishing it was even brighter. However I don't really want to pay a huge premium for that. Does anyone know if any 85mm/1.4 or faster lenses sell for below 200 or so? :confused: 

    If not, I think I would be better off saving up for the Olympus 75mm/1.8 instead. :cool: 
  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
  3. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    There's the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 for under $300. I don't know much about it, but it seems to be popular, and I've seen some pretty nice images from it.
  4. voltcontrol

    voltcontrol Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    P.s. Samyang and Rokinon are the same. ;) 
  5. Timur

    Timur Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 10, 2015
    I have the rokinon 85. It's a solid lens, I really like the build and the focus ring. It is a bit soft at 1.4, but to me it seems completely usable. A lot of chroma wide open, but generally I'm able to fix it in post. At 2.8 image is pretty sharp and has plenty of contrast. Also, the lens is pretty big, as basically they took a full frame version and added an adapter to it. I purchased mine for 290$ on amazon, overall pretty happy with it. I do think that if I'd ever get the 75 1.8 I'll probably end up selling the rokinon, Oly is better in every way. Hope this helps

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  6. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Olympus 75mm f1.8 is not brighter than the fd you already have... or am I missing something?

    Nikon 105mm f2.5 Ais (or Ai) with a Nikon focal reducer. Will give you a very sharp 75mm f1.8 at somewhere between $200-$300.
  7. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    I wouldn't buy this lens. I bought it and quickly sold it. I actually tried 2 copies with the same poor results wide open. I tried with a speedbooster too. Sold.

    I'm not sure but I would say the 75 can be continuously shot at 75 whereas the Canon 85/1.8 probably isn't as good wide open and needs to be stopped down.
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  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Yeah, the 75mm @ f1.8 is better than most lenses are at f5.6! :) 
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  9. pzlo

    pzlo Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2013
    It doesn't meet your criteria, but I would highly recommend at least looking at the Tokina At-X 90mm 2.5 Macro lens, aka Bokina. It is my go-to lens for portraits. It is super sharp wide open at f/2.5. It's the only reason I've never seriously considered the O75mm. Can be had for around $200 if you keep your eyes on them. Typically around $300.
  10. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Also consider a 75mm f1.4 , c-mount. A very compact lens compared to my Minolta (MC) or Canon (FD) 85mm leases, with a mount adapter. I love mine. It's a Computar, and It only cost me $100.
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  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    I'd buy a 100/105mm 2.8/2.5 lens in a mount of your choice and get a lens turbo/focal reducer adapter. Those lenses tend to have a shorter focus throw and they hold up alright wide open with an added focal reducer adapter. Bare 85 1.4 lenses are soft wide open and c-mounts 75mm lenses don't sharpen up until 2.8.
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