Vivitar Series 1 85mm f/1.4 Manual Lens for Pentax Film & Digital SLR Cameras


About Vivitar 85mm F/1.4

Vivitar 85mm F/1.4 Features

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Constant f/1.4 aperture
  • Great for Portraits
  • Can be used with film & digital SLR cameras
  • Hood included
  • Front and rear lens caps
  • Series 1 lens pouch

Vivitar 85mm F/1.4 Specifications

Mount Thread Size:
VIV-85mm-C (for Canon)
VIV-85mm-N (for Nikon)
VIV-85mm-S (for Sony)
VIV-85mm-P (for Pentax)
Minimum Focusing Distance:
3.3ft (1.0m)
Focal length:
Single focal lens
Objective lens diameter:
2.8" (71.2mm)
Angle of View
28.3 Degrees
Lens Construction
7 Groups / 9 Elements
Filter Diameter
72mm (front mount)
Overall Length
2.8" (71.2mm)
1.1 lbs (510g)
Maximum Diameter: 2.8" (71.2mm)
Mfr #

Vivitar 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from VIRGINIA  -  Pro Photographer

WEll worth the money if you have the ability to use that super micro-processor between your ears.This lens is not for everyone, those who totaly rely on AUTO EVERYTHING will have problems adjusting to the way things used to be.Back in olden times (the 80s) I used a Nikon F-3 and had a 85mm 1.4 AIS,this lens produces very similar results at a fraction of the cost.That being said it seems much harder to reach focus with the sony A900 but I've had the lens only a week and am looking into focusing screen options. Outstanding results are possible to those who are willing to master manual focus & exposure! The build quality is v-good and the focusing ring tension seems just right. I would recommend an 812 filter as this lens is a little on the cool side. Bokeh is awesome & DOF is so narrow that at it's close focus- ing limit the only way to obtain focus on both eyes is to have your subject directly facing the camera (@ F 1.4 ) Bottem line consider it's limitations but also it's possibities!!!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Uh-oh, no focus verification


from Fremont, CA  -  Professional

At full aperture this lens is bright, indeed, at f/1.4, but with standard focusing screens it is almost impossible to focus accurately. Sony camera owners need to switch to the M screen to focus with some accuracy. The A850 body does not provide focus confirmation via beep or flashing indicators with this lens, so users can't rely on that feature. Focus is manual, as it says in the listing, and the aperture is also manual, but there is no preset ring to allow quick changing between full aperture for focusing and selected aperture for shooting. Preset rings are not very difficult to implement, and for this price on a barely compatible lens, a preset ring REALLY should be installed. Frankly, I'm debating with myself about just listing this lens for sale and be done with it. Hmmm, what to do...

Share this item: is top rated for customer serviceHACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.