Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF For Canon EOS R Announced

Samyang AF 85mm F/1.4 RF

Samyang announced the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF lens for the Canon RF mount.

The can be preordered for $699 at Adorama.

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF press release:

Samyang Introduces AF 85mm f/1.4 RF, Expanding their RF Series Lineup

May 29th 2020, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand Samyang Optics introduces the AF 85mm F1.4 RF, an autofocus portrait lens for RF mount cameras. This new lens delivers beautiful bokeh, outstanding image quality and reliable autofocusing. Along with the recently launched AF 14mm F2.8 RF, the new Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF opens a new door of options to Canon EOS R camera users.

Pioneering the Trend

Samyang has been one of the early birds in introducing compact and lightweight full frame mirrorless lenses for RF mount. A series of manual focus lenses was introduced, starting with manual focus 14mm and 85mm. Then, the world’s first autofocus 14mm lens for RF mount, AF 14mm F2.8 RF was presented in October 2019 and now, the new AF 85mm F1.4 RF is announced to meet the rising needs of photographers.

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF

Main FeaturesOutstanding Image Quality

Samyang’s RF series is known for its outstanding image quality, since the AF 14mm F2.8 RF was awarded the prestigious TIPA award in 2020 as ‘best mirrorless prime wide-angle lens.’ The new AF 85mm RF also makes no compromise in image quality: A total of 11 elements in 8 groups, with 4 high-refractive (HR) optics and an extra low-dispersion (ED) lens, have been designed to create impressive image quality from corner to corner.

Smooth and Dreamy Bokeh

Exceptional bokeh is presented with the knowhow of Samyang’s optical design. The smooth bokeh adds depth and a three dimensional feeling to your portraits. 9 aperture blades provide natural, circular bokeh with a fantastic out-of-focus effect that is pleasing to the eye.

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF

Bright F1.4 for Treasured Portraits

Shallow depth of focus smoothly blurs the background and highlights the story of the subject. The 85mm focal length, combined with the wide maximum aperture of f/1.4, enables photographers to achieve a dramatically shallow depth-of-field.

Accurate, Silent Autofocusing

The DLSM (Dual Linear Sonic Motor) works with ultrasonic vibrations, providing a silent autofocus performance. The accurate high frequency signals, controlled with Samyang’s own protocols, precisely operate the DLSM. Specialists in optics, mechanical engineering and electronics, have researched cooperatively to produce such effective results for a short telephoto lens. This allows you to capture unforgettable moments efficiently and silently.

Enhanced Usability

Pioneering new territory, this lens is packed with features: Weather sealing protects the lens from dust, light rain and snow and provides the ability to capture stunning images in less than perfect conditions. Also, the AF/MF switch enables you to be in control and capture the finest details. You can enjoy the freedom of photographic expression, with all the latest functions.

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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Series II Lens Announced (Canon EF and EF-M mount)

Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 Series II

Samyang aka Rokinon announced a new lens for the Canon EF and EF-M mount, the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Series II.

The Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Series II Lens is available for preorder at $399 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Key features:

  • Canon EF/EF-M-Mount
  • 136mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • One Hybrid Aspherical Element

Description Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Series II for EF-M mount:

An apt telephoto prime for portraiture and other selective compositions, the Canon EF-M-mount Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Series II Lens is characterized by its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture to suit working in low-light conditions and for controlling depth of field. The optical design incorporates one hybrid aspherical element that helps to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations for a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering. An Ultra Multi-Coating has also been applied to reduce flare and ghosting in order to achieve greater contrast and color fidelity. The manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 3.6′ away and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes a pleasing bokeh quality.

  • Telephoto prime is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-M-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture offers a high degree of control over depth of field for working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques. Additionally, it also benefits working in low-light conditions with shorter shutter speeds.
  • One hybrid aspherical element is featured in the optical design to control spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range.
  • An Ultra Multi-Coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for increased contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
  • Manual focus operation permits working with subjects as close as 3.6′ away and an internal focusing design maintains the overall lens length during use.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
  • Weather-sealed design suits working in inclement weather conditions.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS vs RF 85mm f/1.2L – Defocus Smoothing Worth The Money?

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2 DS Review

Here is another take on the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS. The RF 85mm f/1.2L DS features Canon’s “Defocus Smoothing” optical technology.

Alex Barrera compares the RF 85mm f/1.2L DS with the RF 85mm f/1.2L (i.e. the same lens without Defocus Smoothing).

This is one of the more expensive lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system, one of the so-called “boutique lenses“.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

More RF 85mm f/1.2L DS reviews are listed here.

RF 85mm f/1.2L DS key features and description:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Defocus Smoothing Coating for Soft Bokeh
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS Review – Is “Defocus Smoothing” Worth The Money?

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2 DS Review

Here is a Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS review. The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS features Canon’s “Defocus Smoothing” otpical technology (see video below to learn more about it).

Lens Rentals reviewed the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS. They liked the “incredible sharpness”, fast and accurate AF, the “Defocus Smoothing” technology, and obviously the high quality build quality of a Canon L lens. They didn’t like so much the price (who does?) and the fact you loss approximately 1.3 stops of light with Defocus Smoothing.

From their conclusion:

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS left [the reviewer] conflicted. On one hand, its a really great lens with incredible sharpness. On the other hand, it’s an overpriced great lens with a gimmicky moniker. I love this lens and the images I was able to produce while using it, but I don’t think the Defocus Smoothing made the images any better or worse. For me personally, this lens has made me further my appreciation for the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L non-DS, as it shares the same level of sharpness without the $300 added to the cost.

Read the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS review at Lens Rentals

More Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS review stuff is listed here.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS key features and description:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Defocus Smoothing Coating for Soft Bokeh
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Review (an exceptional lens, D. Abbott)

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L Review

Here is another Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L review.

Dustin Abbott reviewed the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L lens for the EOS R full frame mirrorless system. The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L is a highly regarded lens, and Dustin Abbott’s review confirms it.

From his conclusion:

It is, quite simply, a lens that no other system has right now.  It delivers Otus-like levels of optical perfection while adding a larger maximum aperture, autofocus, and weather sealing while costing nearly $2000 less.  When you pair this with the Eye AF tracking of the Canon’s full frame R cameras, you get a portrait, wedding, and event tool that will make the life of such photographers easier.  I’ve already seen some stunning examples of photos taken with the lens.

Clearly this is a lens for those with deeper pockets, but is also the kind of exceptional lens that can make one’s work that much more special.  It is built to last for many years to come, and is a lens that will only get better as Canon delivers higher resolution cameras with greater dynamic range.  Perhaps the RF85L should be viewed more as an investment, and it could be argued that it would be worth owning fewer lenses to have a few exceptional ones like this one.  It’s too big, too heavy, and too expensive…but also too exceptional to ignore despite all those things.

Read the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L at dustinabbott.net.

Dustin Abbott’s reviews are exhaustive and cover everything you might be interested to learn about this lens. We always recommend you head over to his site and take the time to read the review and check the test charts. But if you’re in a hurry or prefer watching your reviews, then the two videos below will tell you everything that’s in the written review. You can choose between the short version (first video) and the full version (second video) of the review.

And here is the full version of the review as video.

More Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L review stuff is listed here, and you won’t find a review that’s not praising this lens.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L key features and description:

  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Aperture range: F1.2-16 (1/3 EV stops)
  • Filter thread: 82mm
  • Close focus: 0.85m (2.79 ft.)
  • Maximum magnification: 0.12x
  • Diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Hood: ET-89 round-shaped hood (supplied)
  • Length / Diameter: approx. 103.2 x 117.3 (4.06 in. x 4.62in)
  • Weight: approx. 1,195g (approx. 2.63lbs)
  • Optical construction: 13 elements in nine groups
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Samyang XP 85mm f/1.2 Deal, With AE Chip, $695 (reg. $995)

Samyang XP 85mm F/1.2 Deal

Very good Samyang XP 85mm f/1.2 deal at Adorama. This version comes with the AE chip for electronic exposure measurement.

Get the Samyang XP 85mm f/1.2 on sale at $695. Compare at $995. Free shipping and limited time offer. Samyang lenses are also branded Rokinon.

All hand-picked deals are listed here.

Samyang XP 85mm f/1.2 deal (with AE chip) key features and description:

  • Lens Mount: Canon EOS
  • AE chip
  • Zoom Focal Length: All Primes Lens
  • Fixed Focal Length: 85mm Lens
  • Lens Format: Full Frame
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.2
  • Lens Type: Medium Telephoto / Portrait SLR Lens, Telephoto SLR Lens
  • Image Stabilization Type: No
  • Lens Series: Samyang XP Series
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