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Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF Lens Review - Verdict

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Samyang AF 85mm F/1.4 RF

Value For Money

The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF lens is priced at £599.99. Looking at the other lenses available for Canon R fit, we also have the Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 RF at £249. This is manual focus and is not the same optical configuration, so not an exact alternative.

Canon offers two lenses:

If we compare these prices to the main DSLR marques, although obviously these lenses will not fit this camera, it does give us an idea of how value compares with other systems:

Looking at Samyang again, the following lenses are available for the DSLR and Sony mirrorless cameras, although only the Sony FE version is the same configuration as the Canon RF:

The new lens would seem to offer excellent VFM, especially considering its fine performance. For more options have a look at the Top 32 Best Samyang Lenses.


Samyang 85mm f/1.4 RF Verdict

Samyang have clearly done it again, with the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 RF lens. They have produced a lens with superb performance at a very reasonable price level. It is well made, handles beautifully and combines high levels of sharpness with a beautiful, smooth bokeh effect. This is ideal for portraiture, and wide open the lens also offers a lovely, subtle vignetting effect that could be an ideal enhancement for portraits.

Obviously any 85mm can be used for many other subjects that just portraiture, and here we have an almost perfectly rectilinear lens that would be ideal for architectural shots, as well as street photography, landscapes, close-range sports, low light, in fact almost any area.

We might miss IS, we might miss the ability to place the lens/camera on top of a nearby wall or other support for stability as it will wobble about, but a bean bag would sort that. We do have weather resistance, so there is no impediment to venturing out into the rain with that wide, fast aperture to capture the special, vivid colours that bad weather can bring. Definitely Highly Recommended.

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 RF Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Fast and accurate AF
  • Low distortion
  • CA well controlled
  • Flare well controlled
  • Modest vignetting when stopped down
  • Weather sealing
  • Beautiful bokeh

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 RF Cons

  • Focusing could be closer
  • No image stabilisation
  • Diameter of lens very wide for small camera body


Overall Verdict

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ChrisV Plus
14 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2020 11:43AM
Looks like this is based on the Sony FE design. Would be interesting to compare between the marques - the Sony of course benefitting from IBIS, so thereís and obvious immediate advantage there.

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