Evaluating Samyang’s new 85mm f/1.4 FE II in opposition to the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM and Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Artwork

Final month, Samyang introduced their latest model of their common 85mm f/1.4 autofocus lens. The brand new Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AF FE II for Sony is smaller and lighter than the unique, with improved autofocus when it comes to each velocity and accuracy. It additionally options new “customized swap” and focus maintain button to supply new performance. However how does it fare in opposition to the competitors?

It will’ve been good to see this put to the take a look at in opposition to its predecessor, however on this video, Mark Duffy does put it up in opposition to the 2 main opponents, the Sony 85mm f/1.4GM and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Artwork lenses. The Samyang lens is considerably cheaper than each the Sigma and particularly the Sony lenses, so let’s discover out if it’s any good.

The comparability covers various subjects for all three lenses, with a specific emphasis on their autofocus efficiency. You do positively see some variations between the three lenses insofar as how they shortly they decide up on the topic, how shortly they handle to focus after they do and the way properly all of them do at monitoring the topic whereas they’re shifting throughout the body or in direction of and away from the digicam.

One factor that was significantly shocking – to me at the least, having by no means used the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM – is simply how loud it’s in comparison with the opposite two. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Artwork (which I’ve used) is extraordinarily quiet, as demonstrated within the video, and the Samyang, too, is equally absent of noise. The Sony does appear to be the quickest of the three lenses, although, too. It’s additionally the biggest!

Listening to Mark’s ideas within the video, I’m undecided there’s completely a necessity to modify from any one among these three lenses to any of the others for many of us. So, in case you’ve already received one among these, then keep it up. However in case you don’t have an 85mm f/1.4 but and also you’re contemplating which to purchase, it provides some nice insights, letting you weigh up the efficiency, options and budgets of all three.

Which do you favor?

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