Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC A-mount lens review by hongkia83

reviewer#9347 date: Aug-21-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:Nil
price paid:200 GBP
positive:Sharpness is mindblowing
Beautiful Bokeh
Solid build
Brilliant for portrait studio shots
negative:Non-stopped down metering at smaller apertures causes flare but easily adjusted with exposure tweaks

Without af & sss confirmation chip capturing can be cumbersome at times
comment:Bought this lens on ebay at 200 GBP. Had this lens chipped from 'James Lao chip', much more convenient and images are a tad sharper most of the time due to sss enabled and AF confirmation.

Some examples:

second image is obviously done with the help of a macro extension tube but this goes to show the sharpness this lens is capable of.


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