Samyang 85mm f/1.4 - I can't praise it enough!

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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 - I can't praise it enough!
2 months ago

I got a few days ago a Samyang 85mm f/1.4 in used but totally mint condition, for 150 euros (~120GBP; $200). I'm planning a review for my website soon, but until then I must give you a sneak preview:

Oh wow! I'm very happily surprised by this lens. It far exceeded my expectations. It is a very, very serious contender for a fast portrait lens on FX. Beyond looking at cold diagrams, MTf charts and all that, examining just the results, this is a lens that was designed to be used for portraits, and to be used wide-open.

The greatest plus - at least for me personally - is the bokeh. Far, far superior to the old AF-D f/1.8, especially closed-down. No more those annoying irregular shapes with distant highlights. Just creamy, buttery circles disappearing into oblivion.

Compared to the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4?
It's 1/10 of the price (used), but when we compare quality wide-open you really don't see that reflected there. OK, you lose autofocus obviously, but that's about it. Oh wow... Who would've thought...

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