Samyang 75mm F1.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44520 date: May-22-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 50 F1.2
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Sony FE 55 F1.8 Sonnar
Lensbaby Velvet 56 F1.6
Minolta SR 55 F2
Konica AR 57 F1.4
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
Sigma 60 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 65 F2 DG DN C
Sigma 70 F2.8 EX DG Macro
Kipon Iberit 75 F2.4
Samyang AF 85 F1.4 FE
Sony FE 85 F1.8
Tamron SP 85 F1.8 USD
Canon EF 85 F1.8 USM
Minolta MD 85 F2
Minolta Varisoft 85 F2.8
Sony 85 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 90 F2.5 Macro
Sigma 90 F2.8 DG DN C
Sony FE 90 F2.8 Macro G OSS
Minolta AF 100 F2
Canon EF 100 F2 USM
Minotla AF 100 F2.8 Soft Focus
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro D
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro RS
Cosina 100 F3.5 Macro
Sony FE 100 T5.6 STF GM OSS
price paid:370 USD (new)
positive:Size & weight
Sharp wide-open
Minimal CA
Quiet, fast internal focusing
Lens Compensation
Nervous bokeh
Some focus breathing
Firmware updates require dock
comment:Another completed Greentoe offer. Just before this lens was announced I had ordered the Kipon 75mm F2.4 for $230 from an international eBay seller, but decided to cancel it because of Covid-19. The Kipon and the SLR Magic 75mm F1.4 have been available from big American retailers for $300. There is a slightly more expensive 7Artisans 75mm F1.25 available for M-mount. Leica has offered a range of 75 mm primes for their rangefinders. "MADE IN KOREA"

This lens fits very nicely on the A6000. It seems designed for minimal size and weight. The deep but narrow petal hood feels very flimsy. It does reverse with little clearance. The body is light fiber-reinforced polycarbonate. It doesn't bend like the softer plastics used by Sony and Tamron.

On full-frame it acts like a 50mm F1.2 on APS-C, but it is smaller and much lighter than their manual focus APS-C 50mm F1.2.

Out-of-focus backgrounds are busier than the 45/1.8 or the Sony 85/1.8. The foreground bokeh is smooth--seemingly an odd setup for a portrait lens. It is noticable wider than the Sony which is wide for an "85". It matches most 75 mm zoom ends at preset infinity. The angle-of-view decreases some with close focus, but it has less breathing than a unit focusing prime like the Kipon Iberit.

It has even less axial CA than the Sigma 65mm F2 and 90mm F2.8 DN or Iberit 75mm F2.4.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.73 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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