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

reviewer#9879 date: Feb-4-2012
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 50/1.8
Tamron 28-75/2.8
Minolta 70-210/4
price paid:242 USD (new)
tight focusing ring
aperture has no 1.7 position
comment:Mine one is Rokinon.
I love pictures it produces: sharp even at 1.4 (sharper then my sony 50 at 1.8), smooth bokeh and a little bit cold colors.
It was very (I mean it!) difficult to take right focus before I installed focus confirm chip. With chip focusing turns to be almost easy as on AF lens.
CA noticeable but not terrible.

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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