Rokinon 85mm f1.4 MFT - $199

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For those who jump on this, you might consider getting an SLR mount version and a $20 adapter. The cost is slightly higher but the lens will be much easier to use on other camera mounts, or sell later on, and the optics are identical.
 

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Adorama via ebay is offering the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 in a variety of mounts, including micro four thirds, for $199. Note that this is a manual focus lens. But for those who can't afford the superb Olympus 75mm, this is an excellent alternative.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rokinon-85mm-f-1-4-Aspherical-Lens-for-DSLR-Cameras/390876353495
I tried the Cine version of this lens in Nikon F mount with an adapter to m4/3. It was not bad, the price was certainly not bad, but it seemed a bit heavy for the "balance" I prefer. Optically it was pretty good but with a tendency to flare a bit wide open. Night scene testing looked pretty good and I could have worked with it but in the end I sold it after just under a month and made myself "afford" the Oly 75mm.

I found an "open box" special for $720 and that helped. The Oly is a bit sharper wide open and I do prefer the "color personality" of the image tones in all situations. However the Rokinon would have worked for me.
 

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For those who jump on this, you might consider getting an SLR mount version and a $20 adapter. The cost is slightly higher but the lens will be much easier to use on other camera mounts, or sell later on, and the optics are identical.
I agree with this. I own it in Nikon mount, and use it on Nikon DSLRs, Nikon 1 with an FT-1 adapter, and Micro 4/3 with a FOTGA adapter, and 4/3 with an adapter as well. I paid $189 for a mint used one in Nikon mount.
 

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I have a Nikon 85 f1.8d which is smaller and lighter than rokinon f1.4. Is it possible to get an adapter to use the Nikon on my e-pm2? Other than autofocus, do I lose out on metering and sensor shift stabiliser?
 

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Since it has an aperture ring, any Nikon to m4/3 adapter will work. Metering is fine because the sensor determines the exposure, and the IBIS will work if you put in the focal length of the lens. Go into IBIS in the SCP or wherever, press info, and then you can rotate the control wheel to dial in the focal length. Put in the ACTUAL focal length (85mm), not the 35mm equivalent (170mm)
 

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For those who jump on this, you might consider getting an SLR mount version and a $20 adapter. The cost is slightly higher but the lens will be much easier to use on other camera mounts, or sell later on, and the optics are identical.
This is great advice, and don't forget another advantage of getting an SLR mount version , is that you can use a speed booster too.
 

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Good point above you could do that and your 85mm x0.71 focal reducer will make it a 60mm with a speed boost of one stop to f1!
From all the reviews i read about it a while back said it needed stopped down and it had a flaring issue.
 

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Depending on the optical quality this actually a competitive price compared at a legacy lens via adapter. Either an OM or FD will cost at least this and as a bonus you get EXIF data (I presume) and a decent hood built in.

Interesting to see stuff like this emerging :)
 

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Hi
I've got a thread running for the Samyang Cine version. I'm using it on a EF mount adapter.
yes, I did see that however that doesn't show me anything of how I'd use the lens for they were all macro sorts of shots.

I tend to use my 70mm lens as a portrait tele and so end up taking head and shoulder shots (or in closer). More like this

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I am interested in the lens as I currently am using a Pentax system 110 70mm f2.8 lens and for available light (I dislike flash) would be interested in seeing if the extra few mm and the extra brightness helps.

It would be interesting to see that lens examined in that sort of use and with f1.4 vs f2.8 shown

If I had access to one I'd probably throw something together like this blog post:
http://cjeastwd.blogspot.com/2011/10/portrait-lenses-5d-vs-gh1.html

also the Pentax 110 lens is super compact

http://cjeastwd.blogspot.com/2013/10/newer-bigger-better-faster.html
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being able to see how the Rokinon 85mm looked in comparison to other more garden variety lenses in such a blunt way would be ideal.

pitty ACT is so far from The Goldie :)
 

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yes, I did see that however that doesn't show me anything of how I'd use the lens for they were all macro sorts of shots.
I tend to use my 70mm lens as a portrait tele and so end up taking head and shoulder shots (or in closer). More like this
Well i haven't had anyone to try portraits on yet, the mrs hates her photo taken.
I did grab some bird photo's this afternoon, all taken wide open as a test, it was overcast as well. using peaking for focus assist makes life easier.
_9067255 by aussiephil1960, on Flickr

The pelican is a good approximation for a child. This lens is sharp when you nail the focus even wide open, check out the full size image
_9067230 by aussiephil1960, on Flickr
 

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The pelican is a good ..

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The pelican is a good shot too :)

We get a few here on the Goldie too ;-)

Thanks for posting them. I will keep an eye on eBay now. I see that the lens is a bit more chunky than my Pentax lens , it is after all a full frame lens if I understand things correctly.
 
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