Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Review

July 9, 2019 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 for Sony FE has been one of the lenses I’ve been most excited about in 2019 since Samyang told me it was coming. Why? On a personal note, because I’ve been wanting a good portrait lens for Sony. I’ve been adapting the Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 VC lens, which is a nice lens, but it’s not a native Sony lens and has a less dramatic maximum aperture. There are two very good F1.8 options for Sony in the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 and the Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8, but when you look at F1.4 options, you essentially have the massive Sigma 85mm F1.4 ART in its E-mount modification and the excellent-but-expensive Sony 85mm F1.4 G-Master lens (at $1800 USD).
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The 85mm f/1.4 lens is a classic focal length, long considered the ideal for portraiture, along with landscapes, close up sports and low light photography. Lenses slightly longer than the standard for a format have also traditionally been the pinnacle of optical quality within a range. Samyang have been building an enviable reputation for quality lenses, first in manual focus, more recently moving successfully into AF and now also encompassing the full frame mirrorless Sony cameras. Let's have a closer look, using the 24MP Sony Alpha A7 III body.
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