Only a week after announcing the 24mm f/2.8 AF lens for Sony EF, Samyang is adding another compact and lightweight AF lens to their arsenal. The company has announced an AF 85mm f/1.4 lens for Canon EF mount, half the price of the Canon 85mm f/1.4.
Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF is a fast lens made of 9 elements in 7 groups, with 1 Hybrid aspherical lens. It has a coating that promises reduced lens flare and ghosting. The lens weighs 485g without lens caps and hood, and here’s the size comparison with “standard” 85mm lenses:
Samyang promises “fast, accurate and quiet auto focus performance” of the new AF 85mm f/1.4 EF. In addition, the lens is also weather-sealed and dust-proof, so you can use it in various conditions.
Here are the full specs and more photos:
|Model name||AF 85mm F1.4 EF|
|Aperture range||F1.4 ~ 16|
|Lens optical||Construction||9 ELEMENTS IN 7 GROUPS|
|Special lens||Hybrid ASP 1|
|Minium focusing distance||0.90m (2.95ft)|
|Maximum maginification ratio||x 0.11|
|Number of blades||9|
|Angle of view||35mm||28.4˚|
|Weight without lens cap, hood||485g|
Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF will be available in July 2018. There are still no B&H and Amazon links, but Photo Rumors suggests that the US price will be $749. To compare, Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM costs $1,599 and Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art would set you back $1,099. So, Samyang’s 85mm f/1.4 AF lens is definitely cheaper and more compact, and we still have to see how the image quality stacks up against Canon and Sigma.