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The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE/RF is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2019. The focus is done by Stepper Motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 479 €;
28 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Canon RF: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe Canon RF.
Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sony.
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The following opinions have been automatically translated with Google Translate.
Opinion:Excellent 85mm, already very sharp all open but that becomes really sharp from f / 2 onwards. The autofocus is great, fast and quiet. it is a light lens, considering the competition, even if a more voluminous hair. The quality/price ratio is at the top, it places it at the top of the market in this respect. Nice blurred. However, it brings with it some flaws: the photos have a yellow dominant, correctable in post. The lens has no key other than the manual focus ring and the painted metal barrel scratches quite easily. The hood is made of very cheap plastic, as is the cap. A bit annoying that Samyang sells separately the dck for updates (which costs 45-50€). Finally, the minimum focusing distance is 90 cm, higher than the competition.
Opinion:Budget lens that shows all its flaws when shooting against the light. Its biggest flaw, however, is related to the color rendering really far from the sigma art and sony GM series (which I use to work), the colors too warm and with magenta dominants are correctable in post, but require a waste of time that produces unacceptable slowdowns for my workflow. Definitely recommended for amateurs who do not have great pretensions, lens however light and of good workmanship. For professionals or those who want a higher quality lens I recommend the new sigma art or the Sony GM
Pros:Everything: Sharpness, bokeh, color rendering, no A.C., AF speed, ergonomics, aesthetics, tropicalization
Cons:Don't have it
Opinion:RF version: AMAZING optics. For me the ultimate portrait lens, which I would prefer to the Sony GM or Canon L even if only trivially for the value for money. Sharp to scare already at 1.4, nice soft and pasty bokeh, warm beautiful colors in pure Samyang style, lightning AF even in pursuit and video. The filter diameter 77 is very common so versatile, the dimensions are honest in relation to the opening and the same speech for the weight. Tropicalization works and allows you to bring it into adverse conditions and shoot without fear. In a nutshell, for 500/600 euros it is the perfect optics. It works well and no frills, guarantees everything that an advanced professional/amateur can and will ever REALLY need. PS: Having first owned the Samyang 85 EF, I confirm that this version is actually new and different. It has NOTHING to do with the previous one, MUCH less sharp, super invasive chromatic aberrations and slower AF.
Opinion:Yet another big blow from Samyang. The lens is amazing, used for the first time in a professional way yesterday, and I can only be thrilled. Autofocus is very fast, even in eye-tracking it practically never fails. The yield is fantastic, it does not have the invasive dominant ones of samyang 50 1.4 ( which is in its own way an amazing lens anyway), it has no chromatic aberrations, the photo is exploitable in all conditions. The very light warm shades do not find them annoying or limiting. The lampshed is extremely generous in size, which makes it easy to use in backlights and the like. It also is seamlessed without games of any kind, and conveys a feeling of extreme solidity. I personally didn't notice sharp falls or anything, and I used it in a quarry in full sun. So in my opinion, slow promoted with flying colors. I do not find the vignette highlighted by other reviewers. Maybe they've received some failed specimens, or maybe they don't have the active fix, I have no idea. Perhaps the only note of "demerit" is the construction, not at the level of a Sony GM, while still having its "dignity". Much better in my opinion, however, than the "first generation" Sigma Art. The general dimensions are not contained, it is still an "old style" 85 1.4, so it does not take advantage of the possibilities of mirrorless pull. I personally consider it a miracle lens, because with 500€ or so, having access to a definitive portrait lens, is simply a miracle. I confess that I took it instead of a Sigma 105 Art, sold as objectively unsustainable to use. I do not sincerely regret the 'downgrade', as the compromises to use Sigma were not, in my view, justified by an actual advantage in terms of yield.
Pros:Weight, size, tropicalization, aesthetics, high level of sharpness at f1.4 that also reaches the edges, blurred, AF speed, AF silence, chromatic aberration (minimal and comparable to the EF 85 f1.4 L IS USM canon) and price
Cons:low resistance to flare, but for now I have always tried it without a lens station lampshet for RF expensive 80-100€
Opinion:Today I got the LENS STATION and updated the firmware My lens had arrived last week with firmware 1.0 now has 3.0! The absurd thing is that the updated and October 2020 firmware and my lens purchased last week on offer on amazon still had 1.0 But as I hoped, based on the reviews of the various youtube channels, this update gave the turbo to this lens because it solved the 3 issues that were revealed: IBIS on R5 and R6 which now works great, H+ burst that now works and tenacity and inaccuracy in SEVO AF which is now accurate. My focus ring is soft and fluid Sharpness at 1.4 in servo is amazing if we then compare it to the price is exceptional. The vignette marked at 1.4 is solvable in post production but a sore note is the low resistance to flare that is sometimes invasive with rainbow effect (but this thing I noticed without a lampshade then one day I will do a test also with the lampshade). The cost of the base to update the firmware is a little too expensive because competitors sell it on average at 50€ Vote based on price 10 , vote based on another 85mm 9/9.5
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