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

reviewer#11279 date: Jul-30-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Nikkor 80-200/2.8
price paid:329
positive:Super sharp, pixel peeper's dream in APS-C
DOF razor thin
Great reach esp. for video
Smooth focus ring and apperture (T1.5 cine version)
very pleasing bokeh
negative:Linear distortion is very noticeable
Forward focus issue once stopped down
comment:This is a very nice lens for close-in video work, esp. if you have the working distance from the subject. I have used it as a portrait lens successfully, but it takes practice to get the focus points right, even with focus peaking. However, when you get the shutter speeds above 1/160 it really shines at all apertures. Lens corrections have to be done in post, but the linear distortion corrections are not too hard to work out.

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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