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

reviewer#9371 date: Aug-30-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 50 f1.8
Minolta 70-210 f4
18-70 kit lens
price paid:300 EUR (new)
positive:- Image quality
- Sharp when focused
- Bokeh
- Low light performance
- Build quality
negative:- Manual focus
- Not chipped
comment:Excellent lens. One of the best I've ever tried. Image quality is outstanding and bokeh at f1.4 is legendary. Colours are a bit cooler compared to Sony/Minolta but that can be adjusted during post processing (not an issue). At first it's a difficult lens to use because of manual focus and lack of focus confirmation - It's not chipped. But because of that I'm thinking about every shot I make with it, and have to admit that my manual focusing skills have improved greatly past couple of months. :)

edit: December 2011

With a A77 body and focus magnification this one works like a charm! .

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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