Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC A-mount lens review by OG903

reviewer#10878 date: Jan-27-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:tamron 90mm macro
samyang 35mm 1.4
price paid:299 new
positive:1.4, sharp, bokeh and nice build
negative:focus distance, fringing
comment:I'm still learning how to use this lens. my copy's focus ring is kinda tight but in way helps with focus accuracy. superb shots most of the time with A65 peaking feature. great for portaits and isolation of subjects with the shallow dof. i love manual focus but not fond of the fact that it requires several turns when you shift your focus to a considerable distant subject.

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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