Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF Aspherical

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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF Aspherical
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Maker Samyang Optics
Lens mount(s) Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Four Thirds, Pentax K, Sony/Minolta Alpha, Sony E, Samsung NX
Technical data
Type Prime
Focus drive manual
Focal length 85 mm
Crop factor full frame
Aperture (max/min) f/1.4 - f/22
Close focus distance 1 m (3.3 ft)
Diaphragm blades 8
Construction 9 elements in 7 groups
Manual focus override No No
Weather-sealing No No
Lens-based stabilization No No
Macro capable No No
Aperture ring Yes Yes
Application Portrait telephoto prime
Max. length 72.2 mm (2.84 in) – 95.7 mm (3.77 in), depends on the mount
Diameter 78 mm (3.1 in)
Weight 513 g (18.1 oz) – 560 g (20 oz), depends on the mount
Filter diameter 72 mm
Lens hood included
Angle of view
Diagonal 28.3°
Introduction 2009
[1] [2]

The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF Aspherical is Samyang's 85mm format moderate telephoto prime lens for portraiture.


The Samyang 85mm supports most SLR mounts and thus its dimensions vary accordingly. As a manual focus only lens, it does not support auto focus. This has enabled the manufacturer to produce a lens of exceptional quality[citation needed] while remaining significantly cheaper than equivalent lenses from either Nikon or Canon.

The lens contains one aspherical element.[1]

It is also sold under a number of different brands such as Walimex, Rokinon, Vivitar and Bower.

Samyang has released the AE version of the lens for Nikon which includes a CPU and electronic contacts to allow for automatic exposure in all modes, including in camera models that do not normally support automatic exposure with manual focus Nikon Ai lenses.

The first version of the lens (in all mounts) had a golden ring. A second version with a red ring has been released, and benefits from the new UMC coating. A third version was later released, which changed the shape of the lens hood mount.


Photozone noted low distortion and vignetting, high longitudinal chromatic aberration and competitive sharpness at f/4. At other apertures, it "may not be the sharpest lens around but it offers a good and very affordable introduction into shallow depth-of-field photography".[2]

Camera Labs evaluated the lens as delivering "very good results" when "viewed in isolation", and giving a sharper image in the corners than a Nikkor 85mm f1.4G, but losing to it in the centre.[3]


  1. ^ "Datasheet" (PDF). Samyang Optics. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  2. ^ Administrator. "Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical (full format) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict". 
  3. ^ "Samyang Rokinon 85mm f1.4 review". 

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