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9.2 out of 10

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF

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Reviews and Problems with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF

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Overall 2


poundsphoto, B&H Photo
18 February 2015
  • Excerpt: I bought this because of the manual settings, yet when the picture appeared sharp through the lens, it was anything but after shooting.
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Overall 10


Ryan, B&H Photo
17 January 2015
  • Excerpt: I have a Canon 5D Mark II and use the 135mm f2.0 whenever I can. Indoors it's a bit long so I bought the 85mm 1.4. I knew before buying this that is was manual everything. Put the camera in live view in manual on auto ISO and it's does adjust the exposure for you. This lens is the best blend of optical quality and price out there. Because of that, it gets my 5 star rating. PS the lens I got does not look like the one in the picture above.
  • Pros: Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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Overall 10

Amazing, just beautiful.

Deabru, B&H Photo
2 January 2015
  • Excerpt: It is a fairly rigid lens with a very good construction so it feels very strong. It is a heavy lens, more than any other micro four thirds lens, so with my GH3 and Battery Grip makes a whole too heavy. Although I will see to it no problem. Manual focus makes it a little slow to shoot, also to be totally mechanic is a bit complicated, but it is something that is a matter of getting used to.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
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Overall 10

Awesome lens!

Jimmy D, B&H Photo
18 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens based on the reviews and the fact that I needed a high quality telephoto prime lens for my GH4. This lens has not disappointed and is FAR better than I had expected. The focus ring is super smooth and the image quality is SUPERB. I love the bokeh this lens produces. For the price, you really can't beat this lens. It's super solid and reminds me of my old Canon L series 200mm F2.8. What a value. Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10

Surprisingly good value!

Tom in DC, B&H Photo
23 May 2014
  • Excerpt: Well built, but a little front heavy (to be expected). The focus ring is covered with a rubber grip and motion is well-damped and very smooth. The aperture ring moves well and the click stops are perhaps a little too firm for some but I like the positive feel of it. This is most likely the same 85mm F1.4 that Samyang sells under the Bower and Rokinon brand names for many different camera mounts.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10

good for Artistic video

Justin, B&H Photo
28 March 2014
  • Excerpt: Good for artistic videography. Nice image quality, but you need to practice focusing and other stuffs for shooting. Everything is manual, it is fun though.
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Overall 10

Great Value - Cannot Be Beat for MFT

Phoxrox, B&H Photo
19 February 2014
  • Excerpt: For Micro Four Thirds cameras, you cannot beat the value of this lens for the price. There are no other native format lenses in this focal length. This lens is part of my collection of manual focus fast prime lenses. I have owned used legacy manual lenses (e.g., Canon, Nikon) that needed an adapter, and fast lenses (< f/2) get to be expensive. This Samyang (same as Rokinon) gives you at least one more stop, and sharp across the frame even wide open at f/1.4.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Big, Heavy
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Overall 10

Amazing image quality and build quality for this price!

9 February 2014
  • Summary: I purchased the Canon mount version for my Canon 6d and 5d Classic (Both are Full Frame bodies). Let me start by getting this lense's few bad bits out of the way.: 1) It is manual focus. This is neither good nor bad... It just "IS!" but this is the biggest thing to keep in mind. To me, manual focus is akin to a manual shift in an expensive Sports Car. Yes, it is true you could buy an automatic Carvette, Ferrari or Porsche... but Why?
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Overall 10

Great lens for a great price

photo_chick, B&H Photo
22 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Awesome lens no matter which branded version you get. Especially at this price. Yes, it's all manual. I've seen a lot of people say that will limit it to shooting video but I strongly disagree. Photographers shot for a very long time without auto focus. It's not difficult to nail the focus once you get a feel for the lens. That said, if you live by your AF then you would probably hate this lens.
  • Pros: Nice Bokeh, Sharp, Strong Construction
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Overall 8

Great Value Lens

Edge, B&H Photo
9 August 2012
  • Excerpt: I use this lens for some portrait work as a photographer but mainly i use it for film! For me, this is where it shines. Its fully manual so dont expect any auto focus for it! I love how smooth the focus ring is, its quite stiff which makes for some good pull focus shots when filming. Build quality is great, not what you would expect from something in this price range its solid and quite heavy (in a good way).
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Slow Focus
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