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

reviewer#11419 date: Oct-31-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 sp 90 di macro
Minolta 85
various mid range zooms
pentacon 135
various primes including Sony/Minolta/Zeiss
price paid:200euro
positive:A surprisingly good cheap lens - excellent IQ even wide open at f1.4, crispy wonder at f4.
Great colour rendition, well made, easy to use. If you can manage with MF it will equal any 85mm lens out there and is one of the only lenses I know that offers IQ wide open.
Just get one.
negative:Manual focus only
The hood is a bit plasticy and the novelty soft bag might come in handy for keeping the cash you saved in.
comment:You have no doubt read the reviews, if you can filter out the lens snobbery from the gear wankers, the bottom line is a great lens for minimal cash.
No focus confirm and manual focus only makes a razor thin DOF a bit harder to manage, but it's great practice and any faults will be down to you and not the glass.
Highly recommended

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania