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Chuck Purnell
Posts: 319
Wilmington, Delaware, US


Anybody ever hear of some lenses for Nikon called Rikinon? I came across them while looking for something else. They look legit but I never heard of them before and they seem to be reasonably priced. I see B&H and other high end camera shops sell them. If you used them before, share your thoughts.
May 06 12 03:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 802
Tampa, Florida, US


I do NOT own any but that 85mm 1.4 for $269.00 is tempting the hell out of me!!!
They are manual focus only but...that's OK with me.
There is quite a bit of online info re: them and almost all is quite favorable!
I believe the lenses are actually built by Cosina Corp...a huge Japanese optical
firm that has been around and well regarded for over 45 years!
The Rokinons also are sold under the Cosina,Vivitar and a few other nameplates...
same exact lens...just a diff name on the barrel.
If you go to Utube and enter Rokinon 85mm...there are quite a few things posted there...one british guy in particular has 2-3 postings specific to the 85mm and he
has very high praises indeed for it!
May 06 12 04:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 7,964
Los Angeles, California, US


Chuck Purnell wrote:
Anybody ever hear of some lenses for Nikon called Rikinon? I came across them while looking for something else. They look legit but I never heard of them before and they seem to be reasonably priced. I see B&H and other high end camera shops sell them. If you used them before, share your thoughts.

Put the lens you are looking for and find the great reviews for them...They been around for quite a while...they are good.

May 06 12 04:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Chuck Purnell
Posts: 319
Wilmington, Delaware, US


Oh ok thanks! I will do some more research and yes that 85mm 1.4 is what caught my eye!!! LOL!
May 06 12 05:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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IMAfoto
Posts: 59
Riverside, California, US


Chuck Purnell wrote:
Oh ok thanks! I will do some more research and yes that 85mm 1.4 is what caught my eye!!! LOL!

The out of focus rendering (Bokeh) on this lens is amazing, best I ever used.  The center is sharp wide open and the corners are good.  Stopping down improves it slightly, but not much, this lens is meant to be shot wide open.  This is where I ran into problems because I get too many out of focus shots with the thin DOF.  I owned the old non-chipped and UMC (chipped) versions and on my samples the non-chipped was sharper and controlled CA’s better.  I assume it was sample variation.

May 06 12 06:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jim Ewing
Posts: 4,545
Fullerton, California, US


I thought Rokinon was the primary supplier of lenses for Minolta's MD mount before the Maxxim series cameras came out. I guess Rokinon makes lenses now for other manufactures. I don't know for certain if Rokinon officially made the Minolta Maxxim 100 f/2 lens, but I can tell you that is one of the best peices of glass you could put on any camera. I would be interrested to see if they have a Rokinon 100mm f/2.
May 06 12 07:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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DKImaging
Posts: 45
New York, New York, US


a little challenging to focus in DX bodies, but can give a creamy bokeh
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111120/17/4ec9a651096d4.jpg
Im seeing nikon 85mm f1.8 AF for 300 or so in craigslist though. If you shoot nikon, that may be another option since manual focusing can get tiring after a while.

edit: these are same as samyang etc.
May 06 12 07:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 9,986
Baltimore, Maryland, US


The lens is made by Samyang & rebranded for different markets, Rokinon & Bower are common in the US.

Yes, they are very legitimate. I own the chipped version of the 85 f1.4 for Nikon - beautiful glass, and focus confirmation is available on high-end Nikons like the D300, D700&up.

The lens is an optical clone of the old Nikon 85 f1.4 AF-D, but is has improved coatings.

Nikon first made a name for themselves making excellent glass for leicas. Keep an eye on Samyang.
May 06 12 07:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mike Kelcher
Posts: 12,711
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Jim Ewing wrote:
I thought Rokinon was the primary supplier of lenses for Minolta's MD mount before the Maxxim series cameras came out. I guess Rokinon makes lenses now for other manufactures. I don't know for certain if Rokinon officially made the Minolta Maxxim 100 f/2 lens, but I can tell you that is one of the best peices of glass you could put on any camera. I would be interrested to see if they have a Rokinon 100mm f/2.

Those were called Rokkor. The ones being discussed are different.

May 06 12 07:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mike Kelcher
Posts: 12,711
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Rokinon/Rokinar lenses are generally Korean-made and have always been good quality. In the 70's I was a representative for a company in New York called "Aetna Optix". They imported Rokinon/Rokinar lenses for many years. I was fortunate to have a fairly complete set of samples and found them to be amongst the best of the third party lenses. Their intermediate zooms left a bit to be desired back then, but still represented a great value.
May 06 12 07:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jacob delaRosa
Posts: 208
Birmingham, Alabama, US


eMaging wrote:
a little challenging to focus in DX bodies, but can give a creamy bokeh
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111120/17/4ec9a651096d4.jpg
Im seeing nikon 85mm f1.8 AF for 300 or so in craigslist though. If you shoot nikon, that may be another option since manual focusing can get tiring after a while.

edit: these are same as samyang etc.

Very true. The viewfinder is ridiculously small when compared to a full frame viewfinder so making critical judgments about focus by your eye is very difficult. Focus confirmation helps but for some reason it's still a bit hit and miss especially at a shallow DOF...it might help to lock this bad boy down on a tripod.

Also, Dom Bower has an excellent series of video reviews on this lens. Highly recommended if you want to find what this lens is all about:

http://dombowerphoto.blogspot.com/2011/ … eview.html

May 06 12 10:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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WMcK
Posts: 5,228
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom


billy badfinger wrote:
I do NOT own any but that 85mm 1.4 for $269.00 is tempting the hell out of me!!!
They are manual focus only but...that's OK with me.
There is quite a bit of online info re: them and almost all is quite favorable!
I believe the lenses are actually built by Cosina Corp...a huge Japanese optical
firm that has been around and well regarded for over 45 years!
The Rokinons also are sold under the Cosina,Vivitar and a few other nameplates...
same exact lens...just a diff name on the barrel.
If you go to Utube and enter Rokinon 85mm...there are quite a few things posted there...one british guy in particular has 2-3 postings specific to the 85mm and he
has very high praises indeed for it!

They are made in Korea by Samyang, not in Japan by Cosina.

May 07 12 12:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Garrett Sanders
Posts: 1,106
Columbia, South Carolina, US


I own four of them (14, 24, 35, and 85mm).  All of them are incredible.  The easiest way to get precise focus is to use live view.
May 07 12 01:07 am  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 802
Tampa, Florida, US


Yep...Samyang is correct!
I was guessing Cosina because of all the different nameplates I've seen the 85
badged with...no less than 6!
Cosina pretty much invented OEM rebranding back in the 70's...have built lenses
for almost everyone at some point...thus...my confusion.
Sorry!
May 07 12 01:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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SillyEddy
Posts: 2,246
Coventry, England, United Kingdom


billy badfinger wrote:
If you go to Utube and enter Rokinon 85mm...there are quite a few things posted there...one british guy in particular has 2-3 postings specific to the 85mm and he
has very high praises indeed for it!

Dom Dower?


The Samyang 85mm is probably going to be my next lens. I could do with something funky just to play around with.

May 07 12 01:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 9,986
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Garrett Sanders wrote:
I own four of them (14, 24, 35, and 85mm).  All of them are incredible.  The easiest way to get precise focus is to use live view.

According to DXOmark, they are right up there with the best primes from Canon, Nikon or Zeiss.

May 07 12 04:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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photoguy35
Posts: 905
Goodyear, Arizona, US


In addition to the manual focus, be aware that the lenses do not have an automatic aperture (at least in Canon).  This means if you want to shoot at f4, you either have to focus with the lens stopped down (and thus a dark viewfinder), or focus then twist the ring to stop down.As others have said, the image quality you get is outstanding for the money (usually considered as rivaling lenses costing 4 times as much).
May 07 12 09:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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