All in all, however, there’s little to criticize here. In practical use, the lens + camera combination is noticeably heavier with the Samyang / Rokinon compared to the Sony 85mm F/1.8. The results amply demonstrate that for portrait shooting, you absolutely get a sharp usable image wide open at f1.4, as long as you nail the focus. Nearly tack sharp in the center even wide open, completely usable at all apertures. The Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 AF FE lens mounted on my Sony A7RIV. The release of the Samyang RF 85mm F1.4 AF is very, very welcome on Canon’s new full frame mirrorless platform. So at large aperture, without the hood, at most generally got some mild flare that can be attractive: The below image represents the worst flare I got at wide aperture without the hood, an unattractive red ring. It is less shiny, with a slightly more matte finish. The extreme corners are a bit poor wide open at F1.4. Shooting at 1.4, it’s significant enough that you’ll want to correct it in most shots. The barrel is a solid metallic design and weather sealed. The Rokinon/Samyang 85mm F/1.4 does not have lens based stabilization but benefits from the in body stabilization (IBIS) found on most recent Sony bodies. In real world shooting, it’s actually pretty easy to manage and avoid. By F2.8 the contrast and resolution across the frame is fantastic. I would favor the Canon overall, but I would certainly see where people might question whether that is 300% better (the Canon costs 3x as much). Great News! For many users, a 1.8 aperture is fast enough, while allowing for a lens that is much cheaper and lighter in weight. The challenge with portrait lenses is that if they are too sharp and contrasty, skin looks a bit “plasticky”. While not up to the exceptional level of the Sony 85mm F/1.4 GM, it is still an overall strength for the Rokinon/Samyang. The lens is black with a slightly stipled finish and has a gold accent ring near the front. The RF mount is also considerably wider than the Sony FE mount, so you’ll see that the barrel design near the lens mount is different to accommodate the design differences between the two mounts. Starting with center crops (click for large): The Samyang / Rokinon seemed to be sharper in the closer focus images. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "da029d1-20"; (Engagement photography guide here.). Below see some crops of slower shutter speeds on the Sony A7riii. Let’s first take a look at some of the basic optical issues like vignette and distortion. Bokeh refers to the quality of the out of focus region of an image. If you go back a few years, Samyang was known to make affordable fair quality manual focus primes in various mounts. AF - Auto Focus MF - Digital Photo SERIES II Photo/Video Cine Cine DS Cine DSX SP - Special Performance View all lenses. Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 1-Year Subscription As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. © 2012 Dustin Abbott. Great News! Fast aperture lenses will sometimes show purple or green fringing in areas of high contrast. I gave the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L a fairly rave review while also acknowledging that it’s price ($2700 USD) places it out of the range of the vast majority of photographers. First of all, Samyang has adapted a different finish to the barrel to better match the aesthetic of RF lenses. The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE is comprised of 11 optical elements in 8 groups, including 4 HR (high-resolution) glass elements and 1 ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element. Thank you for your support. There are mild amounts of LoCa (Longitudinal Chromatic Aberrations) visible at F1.4, and contrast is good but not Otus level. A big reason for buying a 1.4 aperture telephoto lens is because of the superior bokeh possibilities compared to a 1.8 prime or 2.8 zoom. amzn_assoc_default_category = "All"; Perhaps a future firmware update will correct this, though it is worth noting that Samyang requires their Lens Station to apply firmware updates to their lenses, and at the time of this review the RF version is not widely available in North America. Below, we take a look at the aperture blades: As shown above, the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 has a fairly standard 9 aperture blades. Corners are the most challenging and the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 held up well. The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF (also known as the Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 RF in the USA) is a very fast short telephoto (portrait) prime lens for full-frame Canon R-series mirrorless cameras. Still, at large aperture, you get very pleasant round smooth bokeh over most of the frame. Flare is a weakness on the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4. This review is is for the MF 85mm f1.4 RF lens but you can find my review for the MF 14mm f2.8 here. 6-8:  recommended with caveats. I’ve said this repeatedly in various posts: 85mm is my favorite focal length for portraits. I reviewed and preferred the Sony FE 85mm F/1.8 to save significant dollars and weight. Focus accuracy has generally been very good, with fine objects being picked out easily and accurately by the focus system. I would say that focus noise and speed is roughly similar to the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L. This is most likely due to a slight difference in the “flange distance”, or the proper distance from the sensor to achieve focus that is typically unique to each camera system. While lenses like this are certainly a threat to the more expensive first party options, they also serve to make the platform more accessible and help sell cameras. The RF85 performed well in all the various scenarios I put it in, and has become an easy lens to reach for even for casual shots. 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