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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical

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Specifications:
Name: Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical
Image Circle: 35mm
Type: Telephoto Prime
Focal Length: 85mm
APS Equivalent: 1.5x: 128mm; 1.6x: 136mm
Max Aperture: f/1.4
Min Aperture: f/16
Diaphragm Blades: 8
Lens Construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
(Based on image circle): 28.3 degrees
Focus Details: Manual focus only; Internal
Front Element Rotation: No
Zoom System: n/a
Closest Focus: 1.0m / 3.3 ft.
Magnification Ratio: 0.08x
Filter Size: 72mm
Dimensions
(Length x Diameter): 81mm x 78mm / 3.2 in. x 3.1 in.
Weight: 559g / 19.73 oz (with hood and both caps)
Notes: Available Lens Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Sony, Four Thirds; Included Accessories: lens cap, lens case.



 


          
titi_67207
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Review Date: Apr 17, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good sharpness at f/1.4, smooth bokeh, relatively light and compact, well built, accurate and well damped focus ring, ridiculous low priced in 2nd hand!
Cons:
Of course it's a full manual lens (but people don't complain with Zeiss lenses...). Minimum focus distance a bit too long (1m).

After having a Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 (Contax mount adapted), then shortly a Canon 100mm f/2, now my ultra-wide aperture portraits lens is this underrated - but very good - Samyang 85mm.

This Samyang solves the main lacks of the 2 other lenses: sharp enough at f/1.4 (better than the Zeiss which has "halo" and more chromatic aberrations) and a very buttery bokeh (the Canon 100mm was correct on this point, but nothing magical). I find the colors vivid, with good contrast, even wide open.

Of course focus could be difficult so prepare to use live-view magnification or high precision matte viewfinder, like ee-s for 5D series.

This lens complements well a fast autofocus tele, like a 70-200 f/4, when you need low-light/magic bokeh take this 85mm!

Try to find one 2nd hand of this jewel and you will have a fantastic tool for portraits, especially on full-frame cameras. And its compactness & light weight is a bonus.


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Review Date: Jan 10, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $190.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, cheap, sharp, compact, sharp, well built, sharp.
Cons:
Manual focus.

I had been looking for a fast 85mm for a while now, and the Samyang/Bower/Pro Optic/Bell & Howell/etc. 85mm F/1.4 caught my eye with its low price and positive reviews around the web. Figured "at worst, I can return it", so I picked one up when the price was right.

Wow.

That basically describes this lens. Something this cheap and fast should NOT be this sharp. Even wide open, despite lacking contrast (correctable in post), this lens is extremely sharp, even on my Nikon D7100. Stop it down, and look out! It gets razor sharp in the center by just F/2.8. The corners catch up at F/8 for landscape use, but aren't bad at all even wide open.

And then there's the bokeh. O lord, the bokeh! Sooo smooth and creamy wide open! Everything just melts away behind the subject.

As far as the build quality, most of the lens is surprisingly metal, with a well dampened focusing ring and positive aperture clicks. The lens by itself is roughly the size of a Nikon 35mm F/1.8G AF-S prime without the hood. Quite compact while being loaded with glass. The only letdown (of the entire lens, really), is the hood, which doesn't snap into place very securely. Haven't had an issue with knocking it off yet, but it's a possibility.

I mainly use the lens on my Sony NEX-6 with a Metabones Speed Booster, where it behaves very well. Focus zoom and peaking make manual focus a breeze, and the shallow DOF from the full frame appearance is just jaw dropping. On my D7100, the focus confirmation light works, as does metering via the aperture ring. The image is sharp even on the 24MP sensor without an anti-aliasing filter!

In the end, if manual focus doesn't scare you away, this should be your next lens, no matter what else may be next in line on your list. The absurdly low price, combined with the buttery bokeh and high sharpness wide open, make this lens a no brainer.


Jan 10, 2014
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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
2 4292 Apr 17, 2014
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers $195.00
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.00
10.00
9.5
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