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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras

B&H # SA8514M43 Mfr # SY85M-MFT
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Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • 170mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One Aspherical Element
  • UMC Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus and Manual Exposure
  • Internal Focusing Mechanism
  • Eight-Blade Circular Diaphragm

The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras is a compact telephoto prime lens that provides a focal length equivalence of 170mm when used on Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital cameras. The fast, bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is effective in low light situations and provides shallow depth of field control.

This manual focus and manual exposure lens features an internal focusing mechanism that maintains the overall lens length during focusing and does not rotate the front of the lens, making it well-suited for use with polarizers or graduated neutral density filters.

One aspherical element is incorporated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and produce imagery with a degree of sharpness and clarity. A UMC multi-coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich images.

Telephoto prime lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 127.5mm when used on a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital camera.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and provides greater control over focusing for selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery.
One aspherical element has been integrated into the lens' design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and contribute to high overall sharpness.
UMC multi-coating minimizes lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery.
Manual focus design incorporates an internal focusing mechanism that maintains the overall length of the lens when focusing.
Eight-blade rounded diaphragm produces an aesthetic out-of-focus quality that is well suited to shallow depth of field applications.
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 170 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4 - 22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 14.4°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' (1 m)
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 3.94" (7.8 x 10 cm)
Weight 19.93 oz (565 g)
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Soft Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Samyang85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras
     
    5.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    Awesome lens!

    By Jimmy D

    from Plymouth, MN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras:

      I bought this lens based on the reviews and the fact that I needed a high quality telephoto prime lens for my GH4. This lens has not disappointed and is FAR better than I had expected. The focus ring is super smooth and the image quality is SUPERB. I love the bokeh this lens produces. For the price, you really can't beat this lens. It's super solid and reminds me of my old Canon L series 200mm F2.8. What a value. Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.

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      5.0

      good for Artistic video

      By Justin

      from San Francisco

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras:

          Good for artistic videography.
          Nice image quality, but you need to practice focusing and other stuffs for shooting. Everything is manual, it is fun though.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Value - Cannot Be Beat for MFT

          By Phoxrox

          from Phoenix Arizona

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Sharp Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Big
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras:

          For Micro Four Thirds cameras, you cannot beat the value of this lens for the price. There are no other native format lenses in this focal length. This lens is part of my collection of manual focus fast prime lenses. I have owned used legacy manual lenses (e.g., Canon, Nikon) that needed an adapter, and fast lenses (< f/2) get to be expensive. This Samyang (same as Rokinon) gives you at least one more stop, and sharp across the frame even wide open at f/1.4. I also had a 4/3 version of this lens that I sold because of the expense of the adapter. I like that this lens is all in one with no need for an adapter. Because this lens is made in many versions for different mounts, this MFT version is a bit on the long side, but that is the trade off for not needing an adapter. Another advantage on MFT is that this lens was designed to cover full frame, which, on MFT, provides improved sharpness at the edges for brighter apertures. This lens is well made - mostly metal and glass. The quality of the front cap and hood have been improved compared to the earlier one I owned. It is on the big and heavy side, but not much bigger or heavier than my other quality manual focus MFT Voigtlander lenses. This is the trade off for precision fast manual lenses. The controls (focus and aperture) are precise and easy to use. I noticed on this lens, just like the earlier one I owned, that the alignment of the eight aperture blades at smaller apertures is not all that symmetrical, but it does not appear to affect photos.

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