This week, the new ROKINON 85 mm F1.4 Full Frame Telephoto lens for Canon RF mount was announced. ROKINON claims the lens is “arguably the best value, high performance, and affordable” AF portrait prime out on the market currently.
The main takeaways you need to know about the ROKINON 85 mm 1.4 are these: “breathtaking” bokeh, “fast and silent” autofocus, and “impressive” image quality. That’s all according to ROKINON anyway. Let’s take a look at the lens’ specs:
The lens’ design incorporates a Dual Linear Sonic Motor that uses ultrasonic vibrations that ultimately make the autofocus “fast and silent.” Additionally, the lens features protocols made specifically for a short telephoto lens to control the operations of the DLSM.
It looks like the lens would work well with the Canon R. It’s made with a shorter flange back length, causing a reduction in length and weight overall. This should make it easier to balance and carry around the entire system.
The ROKINON 85 mm 1.4 optical design incorporates special elements: one Extra Low Dispersion (ED) and four High Refractive Index. A UMC coating is included along with an F1.4 maximum aperture and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm. When all used together, ROKINON says they “maximize image quality and contrast even at wide-open apertures with exceptionally smooth bokeh.”
Extra notable features
ROKINON has weather-sealed the lens to protect it against dust, light rain, and moisture. Also included is an AF/MF switch that should allow for quicker shifting between auto-focus and full manual focus. Additionally, the ROKINON 85 mm F1.4 features an internal focusing design that eliminated changes in length. Its non-rotating 72 mm filter mount also allows for the use of polarizing and other filters that need precise positioning.
Pricing and availability
The ROKINON AF 85 mm F1.4 Full Frame Telephoto lens comes out this June for $799. It comes with a lens pouch and a removable lend hood.