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

reviewer#11459 date: Nov-9-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Zeiss Sonnar 85/2.8
Leica Summicron-M 90/2
Leica Elmar-C 90/4
...some more
price paid:180€ (used)
positive:-Good wide open
-Very good from F2 onwards (contrast improves), sweet spot F4-F5.6
-Smooth bokeh
negative:-Size and weight
-Sometimes flaring etc.
-Slight vignetting until F4
-Focusing ring could be smoother and better coupled
comment:Excellent 85/1.4 lens for little money if you're able to handle MF. Sweet spot is F4-F5.6. But as it's F1.4 it's very heavy to carry around all day. Due it's size an weight it's a special purpose (potrait) lens for me only. I generally prefer slower (F2.8) 85-100mm lenses for that reason, they are not much bigger than a fast 50mm and DOF is still narrow enough for potraits.

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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