The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM and the Rokinon 85mm F1.4 for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM is the longer of the two lenses at 88mm. The Rokinon 85mm F1.4 with a length of 75mm, is 13mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM also has a larger diameter of 86mm compared to the Rokinon 85mm F1.4's 78mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Rokinon 85mm F1.4 weighs 539g, 25% (186g) lighter than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM's weight of 725g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Telephoto Prime Lenses in Canon EF Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Prime Lenses in Canon EF Mount for Size Comparison
Both the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM and the Rokinon 85mm F1.4 has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM is also available in Nikon F (FX) , Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha and Sigma SA mounts.
Rokinon 85mm F1.4 is also available in Four Thirds , Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Samsung NX and Nikon F (FX) mounts.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 85mm and the fastest aperture of F1.4.