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Samyang 85mm 1.8 lens. Anyone used one?

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  1. Sarawak

    Sarawak Premium Member

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    Don't really need the expense of the 90mm on my T2. I don't use it enough to justify the cost, but Samyang have brought out this lens at a fraction of the price. Seems reasonable according to the reviews I've read, but does anyone have real life experience of it?

    Putting it simply...is it worth the money?
     
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    The f1.8 lens appears to be available for preorder at B&H. I don't think anyone has it yet.

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    The f1.4 version appears to be available:

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    And there is a new player in the market with the 85 f1.8 and it does have AF but no aperture ring.
    Viltrox is planning to release one for $380 sometime this month.
     
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    It's available in UK right now. The 1.8 is supposedly specifically for mirrorless whereas the 1.4 isn't. Don't ask. I've no idea what it means!!@
     
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    Saw the Viltrox but the blurb seemed to indicate that it was primarily aimed at the video market. Or am I wrong...again?
     
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    Not sure about that. It is not listed as a Cine lens.
     
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    I've got one from Park Cameras in the UK. Planning to use it over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime I can only comment that it's a very similar build to be other recent mirrorless Samyang lenses (decent mount, nicely damped focus ring, built mostly of plastic but feels well put-together (better than most kit lenses but not as good as premium offerings). It comes with a decent hood and pouch, and previous recent experience with the Samyang 50/1.2 leads me to expect very good things optically. Designed for mirrorless means it is a good deal smaller and handles much better than the older 85/1.4 full frame design.

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    Excuse my ignorance but how are different apertures selected?
     
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    It looks like it doesn't have an aperture ring if you look at the images on other sites. I guess it will work in the same way as the XC16-50 and XC50-230 where aperture is changed using the command dial.
     
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    Well it sounds interesting especially if the af works. Think I'll wait and see what early buyers report.
     
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    It (the Samyang) has an aperture ring and is a fully manual lens.
     
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    I've owned the Fuji 90 F2 before and it's just stellar. Lightning fast. I do with they made a 1.4 version though so it can be a 135 F2 equivalent. If you get it used, it's not bad--about $700. If you buy third-party, you'll never sell it for anything respectable. keep that in mind. I've bought a few Samyang lenses and always regretted it when it came time to sell. So if you get one, make sure you want it.
     
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    Talking about 135mm lenses, the Samyang 135 2.0 is super high on my wish list. According to the photos and the reviews I've seen, this must be one of the very best lenses Samyang has ever produced. The only downside is the size, especially with that huge lens hood.
     
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