PIX 2015

Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF

Telephoto prime lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Sony/Minolta Alpha, Sony E (NEX), Samsung NX

Just got this (in Nikon mount) and am testing it out. Seems sharp but has more CA than I expected. I've found it easy to focus, probably because of the decades of my life spent with only MF lenses. Lots of people complain about the lens cap and hood. I found both to be perfectly acceptable -- no flimsier or difficult to use than others, even Nikon's own. I've got two complaints -- focus stop is beyond infinity and there is no lock for the aperture ring. IMHO the latter should be a requirement ...

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The only thing i don't like about this lens is the minimum focusing distance of three feet. Other than that i don't have anything else to complain about this lens. I usually only shoot this at 1.4 to f2.2. It is lots of fun to use, extremely well constructed (not plasticky). Amazing portrait lens. The other competition around $1000 don't offer a huge huge difference regarding image quality for me to pay so much, and the main reason why i purchased this lens is because of the AMAZING bokeh and ...

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Tom Schum
 

See http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53674678 No problems at all and a very good value.

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Duckie
 

Something very wrong with the spring/aperture mechanism. One photo dark the other one over exposes while on total manual setting. Optically good on FX but bad on DX, which has issues with shadows / darker tones. This shows somehow some less funding goes into the glass (fair given that it sells for less). The mechanical problem is unforgivable.

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DoSa
 

For a longer time I've looked for a portrait lens with at least outstanding build and picture quality that I could use on my Samsung NX 5 camera. This one totaly "jumped" over my expactations as it is really great. The build is very good - excellent if you compare it to Samsung lens. Image quality is also very great - very sharp with nice colours. Only thing you need to get used to is that on f1.4 you're really focusing "on millimeters" so you need to be precise and take your time. I've model ...

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odpisan
 

If you want to take photos very quick - almost as with AF, you have to work oposite as we are used to (first sharpness than take a photo). Keep trigger down & try to find sharpness with focus ring. When you find focus camera takes a photo automatically. After some exercise-photos you will work almost fast as with AF. It works on my Samsung GX20 perfectly without mistakes. Problems: No problems ...

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Jose Rocha
 

My lens is not really a Samyang but a Walimex Pro branded one instead. They are the same lens (like Vivitar, Rokinon, Polar, etc.) and they're all made in Korea by Samyang. The full name of mine is Walimex Pro AE 85mm f/1.4 IF UMC, the one with internal chip for focus confirmation and aperture selection on camera. I have to say, what a catch! This lens is spectacular for the price I paid (265€) and will be so useful for portraits and street photography. It will be an amazing piece of lens ...

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geronimo49
 

I was very surprised when I saw the first results of this lens. With a prize/performance rati otruely unbeatable, this lens is a real alternative in comparison to the overprized nikkor lens. I've tested both and I have to say chapeau Samyang! Problems: as oldtimer I'm used to work without AF

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Dombower
 

A lens so cheap it makes the humble 50mm look expensive. I got this lens for £180 and was initially very skeptical of it being any good what so ever. initially from the feel of the lens i was surprised by how well made it is, then i felt its focusing ring and that was great and it also does auto aperture and meters with my cameras the fuji s5pro and the nikon D700 I have been walking around with this lens remembering how to use the little focus conformation icon in the eye piece and quickly ...

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martinlens
 

This is a very good build and very sharp lens at all F stops.I like the manuel focus because i want to doit myself. I experiens that when i was photographing whit Canon FD lenses./this lens is expressietly build for portrait and lowlight photography, therefore it is build for using wide open.Wide open it has there fore almost the same sharpnes in the corners as in the center wich gives a very egal picture wich is very importet for portraits.The sharpnes from this lens is wide open more than ...

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