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Owner reviews: Samyang 85 mm f/ 1.4 Aspherical IF
Smooth bokeh, smooth focus ring.
Very fast lens (f/1.4).
Very affordable for portraiture (for example).
Missing focus chip, aperture is handled manually.
All made of plastic, feels cheap in hand.
A bit soft wide open.
A nice cheap 85mm fast prime lense.
I use it mainly for portraits, but I tried to use it in sports and landscape photography.
Wide open, the lens has a very nice and smooth bokeh, but lacks a bit of contrast and sharpness in center, closing it two stops (f/2.8) helps to improve center sharpness.
As the DOF is very thin at f/1.4 I recommend to use lifeview or having installed a high precission focusing screen in the camera, or you will missfocus a lot of photos.
If you cannot get a prime with autofocus this is a nice option.