Reviews and Problems with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF
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and controls CA/Fringe nicely for it's cost
2 weeks ago
Summary: Sharper than Canon's EF 85mm F1.8, faster aperture, and controls CA/Fringe nicely for it's cost. Excellent portrait lens on full frame. I prefer manual everything here anyways, when working with depth of field this thin, autofocus cannot be trusted. For $280, this lens performs like L glass, just without the fancy autofocus abilities. You don't buy this lens to be used at anything other than F1.4. If you stop it down, you might as well get another lens. Excellent optics.
Summary: I purchased used one of these lenses and loved it so bought another one, now we have two for our video team! The lens quality is Superb, the aperture ring has a very solid feel to it and wont accidentally change but also isn't hard to adjust. The image quality is fantastic, super sharp at F1.4! I would recommend it to anyone if you need something like this!
Summary: This samyang lens is almost perfect. How I wish there's an AF, but you can't ask for more because of the quality of image it produces. In my own opinion this is a lens you would want to use only for video, for photo I think it's okay as long as you don't mind the time or you're on a studio with a tripod. It really has a long learning curve to master this lens. F1.4 quality is very very nice. TACT SHARP as they say. The bokeh is lovely.
Summary: Mainly bought this lens for astrophotography for the time being. At F 1.4 and 3200 ISO a 45 second exposure of the night sky looked like a over exposed shot of the daytime sky. My limit for a reasonably dark sky is 45 seconds at F 2 and 1600 ISO. My only negative was a slight asymmetry on star images in the corners and color halos around the bright stars. I have done some portrait work with lens and it has a beautiful brocah.
Amazing image quality and build quality for this price!
Marc Jordan "Marky Da' Saint", Amazon
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?
Summary: I shoot on a canon t31, and I love the cinematic look. I was looking for a lens that would shoot an image that would get me as close to cinema as a no-budgeter could get. The canon shoots with a 1.6 crop factor, making this more like a 120mm but it is so fast that at 1.4 the depth of field is so shallow that it looks straight out of the movie theaters! [...] here is a trailer i shot with this lens!
Summary: It works as advertised. Good = you can shoot in low lights, and it's cheap. Bad = it's very hard to focus accurately at F/1.4. I had to put camera on a tripod and magnify LCD display to focus perfectly. This is a luxury you don't have on the go. The auto focus models would cost $600 more. You get what you paid for? You won't have this problem if you shoot at F4. It's a nice tory.