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

reviewer#9742 date: Jan-2-2012
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:
price paid:259 EUR (new)
positive:Well built lens with fiddly hood + lenscaps
negative:Nothing or everything depending on what you want it to be. Not razor sharp and lots of CA wide open. Bokeh is too smooth for my taste, it lacks character.
comment:I have fitted a focus confirmation chip (not for the faint hearted, some grinding down of mount and chip was required) for SSS benefits. I used it with limited success on the A700. The A99 has changed that completely. With focus peaking it handles easily and metering is spot on provided you adjust Fstop to 1.4 in the camera. It does not behave nicely straight into bright light (overall green tint, colour fringes green and purple) but when used correctly produces beautifully layered images with great detail/colour.

The aperture goes from F1.4 to F2 without intermediate stop, but diaphragm ring can be adjusted in between if so desired.

Apart from lens caps and hood, the build is solid. It is heavy.

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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