Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AF: Excellent Even Sharpness, Fast/Accurate AF, Excellent Manufacturing Quality, Very Fair Price, and More

Adorama already had the Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 on for Preorder and now B&H Photo does too. Also, ephotozine has reviewed the lens and it looks like Samyang is trying to repeat Tamron’s success because this lens does well in resolution testing and more getting 5 stars and an editors choice award from ephotozine.

“The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE is a lovely lens to use, from the moment we look at the images on the screen or through the viewfinder. Selective depth of field makes manual focusing a breeze, subjects sing out against a beautifully diffused background. The Samyang is also gloriously smooth in operation, totally unobtrusive and a real photographer’s lens, where the camera becomes an extension of the photographer and does not intrude on the subject. The price is also very attractive, so Samyang fully deserves the accolade of Editor’s Choice.”

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Pros

  • Excellent, even sharpness
  • Very low central CA
  • Modest vignetting
  • Minimal distortion
  • Fast, bright f/1.4 aperture
  • Fast and accurate AF
  • Excellent manufacturing quality
  • Very fair price
  • Weather sealing

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Cons

  • Some edge CA
  • Closer focusing would be a bonus

You can see the full review here.

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AF: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama


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