Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC A-mount lens review by toddd240

reviewer#11977 date: Sep-10-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Tamron 90mm
Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:200 USD mint
positive:Well built plastic parts. Almost zero distortion. Very decent colors for its price. Sharp at most apertures. Excellent bokeh.
negative:Manual everything. A bit soft at widest apertures. Some flaring but not the worst I have seen. Aperture clicks are a bit stiff.
comment:If this lens had built in electronics it would be a high quality lens instead of a budget. This lens is probably best used as a portrait lens but certainly can find its uses in other areas if you get accustomed to it.

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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