Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC A-mount lens review by 495

reviewer#10131 date: Apr-21-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:My first prime so I compared it with 18-55sam and tamron 70-300mm.
price paid:300 euros (new)
positive:Incredibly sharp!!! Even at f/1.4!!! The sharpest lens I own, even compared with all my other lenses which I consider sharp at f/8... :)
Build quality is impressive. Colors are great, especially when good light is available. Low light cappabilities are out of this world! Flare is handled well, if you use the hood, d'oh! My ONLY regret is that I waited such a long time to buy this gem of a lens!

Manual focus is a delight. I trust my eyes, and have the patience. The focus ring is something very special! I'll upload some samples today!
comment:Built like a tank! Sharp as a needle! The best lens I will ever own! :)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 38
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.53
  • distortion: 4.71
  • flare control: 4.34
  • overall: 4.62 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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