Rokinon Lens comparison | 14mm vs 35mm vs 85mm – Same Scene

In this article I’m going to compare the 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm Rokinon lenses I’ve been working with the past few weeks.Β  I took a bunch of photos from the same exact spot using all three lenses, so you can see specifically what each lens provides viewing angle wise, ect…
This is a pretty useful test for figuring out what kind of range you might need for a given scene and/or what each lens actually covers. I also like this test, because it shows the depth of field separation that can be achieved which each lens from a one specific location. In other words, which lens can separate the subject from the background the best??
Take a look at the pictures and I think you will clearly see which lens has the best separation capabilities in this particular test πŸ˜‰
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The Three Rokinon A-Mount Lenses

14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens | 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle US UMC Aspherical Lens | 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens

Rokinon A-Mount 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm
Rokinon A-Mount 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm – No Optional Lens Hoods
Rokinon A-Mount 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm
Rokinon A-Mount 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm – With Optional Lens Hods

Three Lenses on the Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 Lens Adapter

Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens

Rokinon A-Mount 14mm f/2.8 Lens on Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 lens adapter
Rokinon A-Mount 14mm f/2.8 Lens on Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 lens adapter

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle US UMC Aspherical Lens

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Aspherical lens mounted to Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 Lens Adapter
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Aspherical lens mounted to Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 Lens Adapter

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens

Rokinon A-Mount 85mm f/1.4 Lens on Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 lens adapter
Rokinon A-Mount 85mm f/1.4 Lens on Nex-6 w/ LA-EA1 lens adapter

Same Scene, Three Different Lenses

Lets start wide with the 14mm lens first, so you can see the what the whole scene looks like. I was also using my Oben Tri-pod!!

Rokinon A-Mount 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens

Shot Wide-Open @ f/2.8 and be sure to Click the Images for the High res version!!

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8 – 100% Crop
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8 – 100% Crop Top Left
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide-angle Lens @ f/2.8 – 100% Crop

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle US UMC Aspherical Lens

Remember, I had the tripod in the same exact location as the 14mm lens!! I marked it with quarters πŸ˜‰

Shot Wide-Open @ f/1.4 and be sure to Click the Images for the High res version!!

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Lens @ f/1.4 - 100% Crop - Top Left
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Lens @ f/1.4 – 100% Crop – Top Left
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Lens @ f/1.4 - 100% Crop
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 UMC Lens @ f/1.4 – 100% Crop

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens

Shot Wide-Open @ f/1.4 and be sure to Click the Images for the High res version!!

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4

Closing Remarks

As you can clearly see, the three Rokinon A-Mount lenses produce drastically different results, which makes perfect sense. However, it’s nice to see the three focal lengths compared in the same exact scene from the same exact location!!

Note: the 85mm lens separation and bokeh from this distance compared to the 35mm lens. The 35mm has a very similar bokeh rendering, but not in this particular situation. The 85mm lens was much closer to the minimum focus distance, so the background really went out of focus nicely. The 35mm lens would need to be much closer to the sign in order to render a similar result as far as background de-focus/ bokeh is concerned.

Full reviews of each Rokinon lens coming soon. Some sample photo links are just below the BH ad and sign-off box.

I hope you guys got something out of this article and have a great day!! Please feel free to ask questions or make requests while I still have these lenses in hand!!
Jay

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