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Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical Lens

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Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical  lens

Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical  lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

Optical design: 10 elements in 7 groups

User reviews (2)

Photos (4)

Tests (0)

Owners (2)

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Average price: $210

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
85mmf/1.8f/2260.8555380/13,470/2,8

Additional information:

 

The Opteka 85mm f/1.8 Aspherical is a fast portrait prime lens for 35mm SLR cameras.
 


Links to online resources:
Posted by: Ugin242   Date of publication: 18.03.2013

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Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8
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Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/3
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Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/6
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Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/10
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Mechanical quality3.254
Optical quality4.254
Usability3.754
Pricing / Value4.504
Bokeh4.205
Overall lens rating
3.99

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Owner reviews: Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical

Kostas 17.01.2020 11:45:22
Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:

Sharpness wide open

Sharpness stopped down

Size/form factor

Metal mount and filter thread

Price - and the advantage is a huge one


Weaknesses:

Somewhat stiff focus ring (had to lube it in the repair shop)

Not standard F stop indicators

All F stop and focus distance marks peeled off within months


Comments:

A suprisingly good performer, especially for the 60eur price (new). I've chosen the Lightdow version. I can easily compare it with Canon EF85/1.8 and I dare to say, that Lightdow performs better wideo open - a bit sharper with better CA control. The comfort of use is low - stiff focus ring, no F stop markings and bizzare stops. But It is small and light. 




tightcamera 12.09.2017 20:21:56
Period of use: 30 days

Strengths:

First and foremost, image quality on my copy was very good. It's quite sharp and contrasty, and color rendition is pretty good. I pixel-peeped the test images I shot, and there is essentially zero color fringing (green or purple), which is an improvement over the much more expensive Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM.

Overall exterior build quality is quite nice, with metal lens barrel and 100% metal mount and metal aperture ring. It feels a lot more like a lens from the 1970s than one made recently, weighing in at 380g (~13oz). Focus ring has a nice feel to it, and is some kind of rubber with ribbing for grip. I was not as happy with the focus ring or aperture ring performance, however, as I was with their look and feel (see below).


Weaknesses:

On my copy, the focus rings gets very stiff as it approaches minimum focusing distance in the last inch or so of travel. I assume this is bad QC on Opteka's part (or whoever actually manufactured it). It's sticky enough that is distracting and makes it hard, in some cases, to get focus dead-on.

Also on my copy, the aperture ring is *very* hard to turn. And I don't care for the aperture presets they've chosen: 1.8 > 2.5 > 3 > 3.8 > 4.5 > 6 > 10 > 22.  There are more than two full stops between f/10 and f/22, and this lens doesn't allow any "in between" settings.


Comments:

Despite the QC issues with my copy of this lens, I think the Opteka 85mm f/1.8 is a great value. Image quality is excellent, and it's built like a tank. You can't really do any better at the $100 price point for a short telephoto lens. While it's not quick to focus or fast in terms of dialing in exposure, it is a great choice for still life and head/shoulder portraiture.

Text was taken from my longer review on this lens.