More images using the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens on a Panasonic GH-1 Micro Four Thirds camera

Written by Gary on April 21st, 2011

Following on from my recent posts regarding my purchase of this bargain 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens from Rokinon/Samyang, here are some more images from today.

First to show depth of field for a head shot at f/1.4 – here I have used a store mannequin through a window and used a polarising filter to reduce window reflections:


and with another mannequin, but for this one contrast is decreased as I could not fully eradicate all reflections, bt nevertheless, one can see depth of field well and a small degree of purple fringing on out of focus strong highlights – this lens is incredible for its control over purple fringing in general, at least when compared to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8:


Now here is a nice nature shot of a bee on some flowers – I used the lens set at closest focus (1m) and moved camera in and out until the bee looked in focus – no time for magnified view with this shot, note the delicious smooth bokeh:


But how sharp is this lens? Well, even though I had not been sure of obtaining critical focus, and the bee could have been moving, here is a 100% crop of the bee in the above image for pixel peepers – not bad given the uncontrolled circumstances! (Click on image to see 100% view)

bee at 100%

and, while I was in the mood for some close up nature work, and it was Autumn in Melbourne on a lovely sunny day, here is another nature shot at close focus of 1m in the shade but with some backlight on the leaf:


Finally, as I walked in the park, I could not resist this quick snap of this lady with her grand-daughter to demonstrate that even at a distance (perhaps 15-20m from me), the background can still be thrown out of focus when using this lens at f/1.4. No Photoshop apart from sepia toning. This image is best appreciated in larger view by clicking on it.


As you can see, I am enjoying this lens, and it really adds to the Micro Four Thirds fun factor as well as giving almost identical imagery as a Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L lens on my Canon 1D Mark III but at considerably less weight, size and cost.

A must have lens for the photographer willing to use manual focus – if only Olympus would make an autofocus version!

More images of this combination can be seen on my website here.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Traciatim says:

    What’s the blockyness in the OOF area of the first two images? It kind of looks like JPEG compression, but is that on your originals?

  2. admin says:

    Yep, that’s jpeg compression – I overlooked that when I was creating these for the web using Paintshop Pro (which I am not used to – I don’t have Photoshop on this laptop).

  3. admin says:

    oh, and no, it is not on the originals.

  4. rsquires says:

    Where did you pick the Rokinon up from. I absolutely love the look of it, and although it isn’t a traditional 85mm frame on the GH1 it still looks terrific. The shot above in the park with the lady and daughter is really gorgeous. I have the GH1 and GH2 but I am looking for something to really pull the subject out of the background. What is the nearest you can focus on the lens. I live in Melbourne too. Nice to see another GH user in the area!