Vivitar 85mm f/1.4

Last updated (06 Aug’11):
- Review by Kenrockwell

The Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 features 85mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 9 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 28.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1′ (30.48 cm) and has a filter size of 72mm. The Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 lens weighs 2.00 lb (907 g) and it measures 2.80 inches in diameter and 2.99 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

Kenrockwell reviews the Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 and writes;
“It works great. It’s not quite as sharp wide-open in the center as the Nikon lenses if you’re looking too close, but at the same f/1.4, it’s sharper than the Nikons in the corners, so it’s a toss up.. Bokeh is wonderful. Backgrounds melt away into walls of soft colors.. This Vivitar 85mm lens is as sharp as Nikon’s lenses: sometimes better, more often not, but overall, there is more difference from aperture-to-aperture or shot to shot than there is from lens to lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kurtmunger reviews the Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 and writes;
“The Vivitar 85mm F/1.4 is pretty sharp at all apertures, but lacks contrast at F/1.4, and needs to be stopped down to F/2 to get rid of the “veiling haze.” One thing I noticed with this lens is; light fall-off is so heavy at F/1.4 that you’ll probably need to drag the shutter at least half a stop for a correct exposure, so that means the light gathering ability is not really F/1.4, it’s more like F/1.8. Of course, depth of field is still the same, and backgrounds can be wiped out easily with this lens, just make sure you focus accurately.”
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Features & Specifications

Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Specifications

The Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Series 1 Manual Focus Lens is an ultra-bright lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. Although you can only use this lens in manual focus mode, it is fully compatible with the automated features available with digital SLR cameras. It is compact and lightweight, and offers the ideal focal length and bright aperture for use as a portrait lens.

* Bright f/1.4 aperture

* Ideal focal length for portrait use

* Aspherical lens elements provide high quality images

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