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Samyang 85mm AF f1.4 EF lens review

The Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon is available in two versions: EF - for SLR cameras and RF - for mirrorless cameras. I got an EF version for review, but that didn't stop me from installing it on a mirrorless Canon EOS.

Samyang af 85 f1.4 ef

The lens is very pleasant to feel in the hands, has a red ring and weighs a little. Outside is beauty. What's inside?

It already depends on whether you have EF or RF. they are optically different. Below are the main parameters.

I will list the main features of the tested lens.

  • Autofocus works, but not fast. Something in between the EF 85mm f1.8 and the 85mm f1.2L. For portraits, autofocus is plenty.
  • Open sharpness is acceptable. If you close to f2, it will ring.
  • Bokeh is neutral, corresponding to f1.4 aperture. I can't say good or bad. If you want a wow effect, you need to take f1.2L.
  • In terms of color temperature, it differs from native lenses.
  • At the time of the test, neither camera nor Lnightroom did not have a built-in profile for this lens.
  • Canon R electronic stabilization does not work with this lens.
  • Our price starts at $ 600.

Overall, the lens is quite normal. In itself, quite good. The problem is that there are many alternatives to it.

samyang af 85 f1.4 vs ef 50 1.2 vs 85 1.8

Personally, it suits me Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM... The hero of the review is faster and blurs the background a little more. But for those who want more, I would recommend getting the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L rather than f1.4 from third parties. Canon RF 85mm f2 IS STM will be of interest to those who want to shoot macro together with portraits. And purely for portrait qualities optics with f1.2, in my opinion, has no equal.