Reviews and Problems with Samyang 85mm F/1.4 IF MC Aspherical
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Great lens for a very good price
4 January 2014
Excerpt: The lens is a surprise and very well worth the money if you don't mind the manual focus. If you're a professional then it should not be a problem. Compared to other lenses this is almost - very close - as good as a major manufacturer lens for the fraction of the price. Sharpness and distortion (lack of) is on par with the best lenses. Get your hands on one, I think the price is going to go up very soon.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Great picture quality
Summary: I have been using this lens since I got it. I even Shot a wedding with it soon after I got it June 10. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. However, the only down side is the manual focal. Needs to be Auto in times like wedding shooting when you need to be quick on the action, the overall circumference could be a bit meatier and a shorter minimum focal length would make it a far Superior lens. But all in all. great lens for the price. Well done.
Summary: For less than $300 this lens is a great bargain. I use it on a Sony SLT-A57 and the focus peaking assistance makes manual focusing very fast and accurate even when the lens is wide open. This is an unique Sony only experience. I can imagine manual focusing could be tricky and slow on a classic optical viewfinder DSLR probably even requiring resolving to the LCD magnified live view for precise focusing.
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: 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: The Samyang SY85M-S 85mm F1.4 Lens for my Sony a65 is best money i've ever spent on a lens. This is so sharp it will make your eyes bleed. It is a fully manual lens that gives you complete control your image, bravo Samyang, bravo.
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.