Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical (full format) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Sample Shots

Ok, finally here're some sample images taken with the EOS 5D II and converted via Canon DPP.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/0.0
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/0.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/0.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/0.0
Exposure 1/2500s

Verdict

The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical may not be the sharpest lens around but it offers a good and very affordable introduction into shallow depth-of-field photography. The resolution figures aren't overly impressive at max. aperture but they're certainly good enough for portraits here and that's the primary application of this lens anyway. If you require more quality you can stop down to f/4 where the lens is easily capable of playing with the big boys. The vignetting figures are pretty good for a lens in this class and lateral CAs are very well controlled as well. Distortions are a non issue. The quality of the bokeh is impressive although strong bokeh fringing (LoCA) can be an issue at times. The build quality is surprisingly high especially considering its very low price tag. The primary drawback is the purely mechanical coupling with no camera-controlled aperture nor AF. Remember also that the "native" Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM may be a tad "slower" but it resides in the same price league.

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