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

reviewer#46879 date: Aug-10-2022
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:Sigma 65 F2 DG DN C
Sigma EX 70 F2.8 DG Macro
Samyang 75 F1.8
Sony FE 85 F1.8
Lensbaby Velvet 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
Canon EF 100 F2 USM
Minolta AF 100 F2
Minolta MC 100 F2.5
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Soft Focus
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro D
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro RS
price paid:385 USD (used)
positive:Low distortion
Dual linear motors
No extraneous controls
"Weather Sealing"
Warm color cast
Size and weight
comment:This was another purchase from an individual listing on Fred Miranda forum. Samyang has recently announced a revised version of this lens which is slightly smaller and lighter. "MADE IN KOREA"

It is very similar in design to their native AF 50 mm and 35 mm F1.4 primes. It has dual linear ultrasonic motors just like the earlier 35 mm lens. It seems to be their first E-mount lens to have weather sealing.

The plastic focus grip and filter threads are the low points in the design.

Overall performance is very good. Despite some misalignment which shows wide-open, it is sharper than any of the 85mm F1.8 primes. It has much less axial chromatic aberration than the Sony FE 85mm F1.8. The corners have more issues wide-open.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.60 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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