Samyang 85mm F1.4 AF FE E-mount lens review by Collingsandheal

reviewer#45780 date: Oct-22-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:FE85mm GM. FE85mm f1.8. Samyang 75mm f1.8.
price paid:£499
positive:Sharp and much lower distortion than most of it's opposition.
Well built and feels solid in the hand.
Fantastic transition to out of focus areas.
negative:Girth. slightly warm white balance.
comment:Sharper than the GM, significantly less distortion than the Sigma 85mm f1.4 FE, less chromatic aberrations than the FE85mm f1.8 and the softest transition to out of focus of any of them.
The colours are a touch warm but fixable in white balance and there is no aperture ring which I have come to love on GM lenses but otherwise the best bang for buck for me by quite a margin.

Sharpness 4.8 Colour 4.5 Flare 4.5 Build 4.8 Distortion 4.8

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.80 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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