Reviews and Problems with Samyang 85mm F/1.4 IF MC Aspherical
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Great lens for the money
2 May 2014
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.
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: I'm a bit of a macro photographer at heart, and although this is not a macro lens, I decided to try it, teamed up with some Kenko extension tubes. The results are quite special, particularly when shot wide open, or at largish apertures, as the bokeh is very soft and sensual - 'buttery' is a great description, and I am very impressed indeed by it's performance (See some of my accompanying images in the gallery) At maximum f1.4 the softness is quite pronounced in the...
Summary: I have used Nikon cameras and Nikon lens for over 35 years now. I still have all the cameras and lens I have ever bought. I had a little bonus at the end of the tax year, thank you HM inspector of taxes, so I took a chance and purchased the Nikon AE version of this lens. WOW, portrait photo's are superb from my D7000. Yes it can suffer a little flair when shooting towards bright light sources but the so do half of my Nikon lens.
Summary: If you enjoy the challenge of manual focusing, this lens is spectacular -both in terms of price and the competition (ie Nikon 85mm). I had the AF Nikon and this to directly compare. The choice was so easy. This lens is sharp, solidly constructed and takes wonderfully sharp and crisp images. I did need to use the fine tune facility in my d300 to get it spot on, but that took around 10 mins and was so well worth it.
Summary: All I can say is WOW. This was bought for me as a present and it is absolutely amazing. The build quality is next to non. The focus ring has a very long pull so focusing is easy and a joy to use. The only thing that I don't like is the lens cap. If the lens good is on you cannot take it off. I would recommend to buy a third party cap that pinches in the middle. Other than that I would recommend everyone to get this lens.
Summary: OK bought this lens for a lens kit which also contains some zeiss primes and I have to say this lens is as sharp as the zeiss lenses and at 1.4 very handy! I'm not sure what any grounds for discrediting this lens could be, brilliant picture and for the price point unbeatable.