Samyang launches new and improved 85mm f1.4 AF Mk II for Sony FE

Jul 28, 2022

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Samyang launches new and improved 85mm f1.4 AF Mk II for Sony FE

Jul 28, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Samyang has just announced the new and improved version of its well-known 85mm f/1.4 AF lens. While the previous one exists in Nikon F, Canon EF and RF, and slightly modified in Sony FE, the new Mk II version of the lens is only available for Sony FE. It’s smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the AF has been improved, and there are some other tweaks that might make you love this lens more than its older brother.

Other than small dimensions and weight and the better AF, Samyang offers improved optical performance and enhanced user convenience. The lens was built with 9 elements in 7 groups, containing 4 HR and 1 ED glass elements to maximize the optical performance. As for the AF, the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AF  Mk II uses a linear STM motor, which makes the AF faster, quieter, and more accurate than the one in the previous lens version.

As for the “user convenience” I mentioned earlier, Samyang has added the “Custom switch” and “Focus hold button” functions to the new lens. At the fast f/1.4 aperture, this lens is ideal for portraits, and this focal length is certainly a go-to among many portrait photographers. The bokeh is creamy and even slightly swirly, which I personally like. So if that’s your cup of tea, this lens might be a good choice for you.

Here are the specs and some more photos of the lens:

Model NameAF 85mm F1.4 FE II
Aperture RangeF1.4 ~ 16
Lens OpticalConstruction11 Elements in 8 Groups
Special LensHR 4, ED 1
CoatingUMC
Minimum Focusing Distance0.85m (2.79ft)
Magnification Ratiox 0.12
Filter Size (mm)Φ 72.0
Maximum Diameter (mm)Φ 83.4
Number of Blades9
MountSony FE
Angle of ViewFull Frame28.9˚
APS-C19.1˚
Length99.5mm / 3.9in
Weight509g / 18.0oz
Weather SealingO
AF/MF Mode SwitchO
AF MotorLinear STM

The new Samyang 85mm f/1.4 is available to buy at the price of $799. It’s worth noting that the old version is now on a discount. You can get it for $549 in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, while the Sony E-mount version is $579.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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