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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS UMC, reviewed by oingyboingybob

 
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Nov 17, 2016 09:56 |  #1

Cheap as chips. Very good sharpness and IQ along with good build qualities as long as abuse is minimised. No autofocus or IS however a tripod will cure this. I'll be keeping mine and aquiring the 135mm which is allegedly even better.


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Nov 20, 2016 23:48 |  #2

I seen a good deal on the 135 mm but that has to be hard to focus, right? I have never used a manual focusing Len's but the focal length and throw in the manual part. But what do I know.
I do know I seen reviews and they say it is sharper and just all around better IQ than the L 135mm. That's a big claim.




  
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Nov 21, 2016 06:21 as a reply to  @ Evertking's post |  #3

Evertking...the 85 is best focussed IMO using live view so I reckon the same would apply to the 135. I have ordered the 135 via Park Cameras and it should be here soon so I'll review it soon as. Any fully manual lens will have its drawbacks - not much use as a 'spur of the moment' or moving subject lens however the price is attractive and the IQ is very good as well as being fun to use.


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Nov 22, 2016 10:28 |  #4

Not a particularly awe-inspiring example but it may give some idea of what this lens can do. F2 @ 1/3200.


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Nov 23, 2016 04:26 |  #5

One more taken with the 85mm. F4 @ 1/750


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Nov 23, 2016 15:22 |  #6

Nice.. How difficult is it to focus?




  
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Nov 24, 2016 02:51 as a reply to  @ Evertking's post |  #7

I don't find it difficult using live view but it's obviously not as fast as an AF lens, and nowhere near as expensive.
Just to remind you though, although I'm sure you are aware, this lens is fully manual - there are no contacts on the mount for focus confirmation or aperture information so you not only have to focus but also set the aperture yourself in manual mode on the camera. It can be fiddly and does take longer than what you may be used to using a 'normal' lens.
BTW my Samyang 135 has arrived but the light is so poor outside today that I will not post a review with photos just yet, apart from one jpeg below taken indoors at f2 ie wide open. No post processing other than what's automatically applied during the convert from Raw by Lightroom. Sharpness looks good to me, very slightly softer down the left side but I suspect that's due to the camera not being exactly square on however I could be wrong. More to come as and when.


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Nov 26, 2016 03:50 |  #8

This one taken with the 135mm, indoors, hand-held at f 4. Focussed via live view but missed her nose and hit mid-way on her muzzle.


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Nov 29, 2016 09:02 |  #9

A little bit of sunshine this morning - another shot of my dog, again hand-held. I am starting to really like this 135mm lens.


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Dec 11, 2016 00:09 |  #10

I had an idea the other day. Couldn't you buy one of the samyang lenses in Nikon mount, and then get an adapter with focus confirmation? It works with the vintage lenses (I have an adapter for M42 lenses with the AF confirmation). That would definitely make it easier.


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