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

reviewer#12083 date: Jan-9-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:Sony DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 M42 adapted to Sony Alpha
price paid:262 USD new
positive:Very sharp at f2 plus
Neutral colors
Excellent focus ring
Thin depth of field
Bokeh is good enough
negative:Soft wide open
Flimsy lens hood
comment:I shot with an adapted Super Tak on my A-77 for several months and became proficient in using focus peaking, so it wasn't a huge adjustment when I started shooting with the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 manual focus lens. The very thin depth of field took a few days to get used to.

It's an excellent portrait lens outdoors or with good light indoors. It even performs well in dim light, if you shoot in RAW, expose for the highlights, and then lighten it up in Lightroom. As others have said, you won't find a lens this good for a similar price.

I enjoy using this lens so much that I'll likely get Rokinon's 35mm and 50mm manual focus lenses.

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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