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Samyang85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (13)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Durable (7)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Rugged (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Low light (12)
  • Weddings (6)
  • Night photography (5)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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4.0

Excellent lens

By Gene

from Massachusetts

Verified Buyer

Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

A real bargain.

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5.0

My 2nd great Samyang lens

By rancho mantequilla

from joshua tree, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Portrait
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

    I give it 5 stars because the Sale price was great and the lens is everything I hoped for. Check out the youtube videos testing the Samyang 85mm. This is my 2nd Samyang lens, #1 is the 12mm f2.8 which I bought with the Nikon D810 a few weeks back. Samyang is amazing period. Being cheap is a fantastic bonus.
    See the 2 photos I did first time using the 85. Both wide open @f1.4. The outdoor 3-shot portrait, ISO 400, RAW from D810. Both shots using the MF dot in D810 viewfinder. High average accuracy getting focus if you're careful. This is what I wanted in a fast 85mm MF lens.

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    4.0

    Great Lens For The money

    By pat

    from virginia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

      For the price w/ low F stop , this lens cant be beat. Crisp pictures and great depth of field , very good for low light photography. If you are looking for a portrait lens that you can also use in low light situations and don't mind manually focusing then this lens is a great option. I will be making future Samyang purchases.

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      5.0

      Compraría este producto Nuevamente

      By Maurodaro

      from Buenos Aires, Argenina

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

      El lente 85mm de samyang superó mis espectativas, muy luminoso, hermoso bokeh, y excelente herramienta para retratos.

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      5.0

      What a lens!

      By Ines

      from Fort Washington, Maryland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

        I use this along with my other lens - good for portrait.
        This is a nice lens - nice bokeh!
        At first I thought that I would not like the lens because it is a manual lens. But thanks now I am force to learn how to shoot in manual. It is not hard and it does produce great images since you are in control of the aperture, speed, and ISO.

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        5.0

        GOOD PRODUCT

        By qiang gao

        from Woodville Gardens SA , AU

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

            Just in using,but feeling good.

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            5.0

            For the price, you can't beat it

            By NuclearRoy

            from Pittsburgh

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Smooth Focus

            Cons

            • Manual Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

            After reading all the info I could find on how the Nikon f/1.8 and f/1.4 (both D and G versions) stacked up against the Samyung, I finally decided to take a chance on this inexpensive lens.

            It is well worth the money.

            It is not razor sharp, but certainly usable, at 1.4 and only improves somewhat at 1.8. (But neither is the Nikon 1.8G, at 1.8 IMHO). I would say the Samyung is essentially even with the Nikon 1.8G at 1.8. It IS RAZOR SHARP at 2.8. No kidding, razor, tack, whatever adjective you want to use. I am quite impressed.
            I didn't bother testing it at apertures greater than 2.8, because that it not what I bought it for, nor what I believe it was intended to be used for.

            It could be a little more contrasty.

            It is manual focus. I must admit that it is harder to focus on a Nikon DX than I remember lenses being on my 70's vintage SLR, even with the KatzEye screen in the DSLR (I am 35 years older now, which may have something to do with it). If you don't have the alternate focus screen, I believe you will be forced to use LiveView or rely on the confirmation dot.
            Speaking of the focus confirm dot. Simply having the dot 'on' is not accurate enough for DOF at 1.4. I did use the Focus Fine Tune to move exact focus to just when the right arrow goes out and the dot comes on. That seems to be working pretty well.

            The lens feels good in your hand. Smooth action on the focus ring. Very long throw on the ring, a must for accurate focusing. (For those who never used a manual focus lens, it is definitely not the same as using manual focus override on an autofocus lens.)

            Older reviews bashed the hood a lot. Samyung must have made a change because, if anything, the hood on mine is difficult to remove. It certainly isn't going to fall off.

            Summary: If you are looking for a f/1.4 lens this one is worth a good, long look. Remember what it was built to do, take portraits and make cream. You are not going to get f/1.4 pics of your kids running and jumping with the dog in the back yard (unless you are really, really, REALLY good at focusing).

            For reference purposes - I started photography in the mid 70's with a fully manual Yashica FR. I'm a Nikon snob and a pixel peeper. So weight the review accordingly :)

            As always, B&H is the go-to source for all your equipment.

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            4.0

            Solid Lens with Good Quality

            By Mo

            from Boston

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

              I tried the lens this morning and although a bit heavy, it mounted well offered a very good image. The mount required a little effort in order for auto focus to function properly, so I suggest that reading the instructions first would very helpful :-).

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              4.0

              Solid and smooooth

              By James T

              from Eugene, OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Video

                Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                Excellent beginners portrait lens - or if you are just cheap - or still love manual focus from the old days. My D810 reads it just fine. Tack sharp f22 - f2.8. Wide open at 1.4 everything seems to have a glow to it. Not sure if its the lens or the way I'm shooting.

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By TrailBoss

                from Bonney Lake

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                Pleasantly surprised in the quality of this lens.

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                5.0

                Back to Basics

                By Guy

                from Cayman

                Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                So we all now navigate by satnav, trusting our journey to the voice of our choice, well here you have a chance to get rewards for your own efforts. At first I found it frustrating to nail the focus but soon found a solution that works for me. On my Nikon D7100 I am already shooting 1.5 times focal length and find in hand hold, the focus confirm indicator fluctuating front to back focus. But I stop playing with the lens at that point in favour of framing the shot whilst fine tuning the focus by swaying to and fro, this works for me and I reliably get high percentage of good shots. At f1.4 on a tripod you can see that it's a little soft but at 1.8 it's very sharp. That said at f1.4 the contrast of subject separation is so high that unless you are analysing the photo, you will be distracted by any slight softening with subject separation. For value, I score it very highly, I only have one criticism which may be finger trouble on my part and that is I cannot get the camera to confirm focus audibly with this lens.

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                5.0

                Patience has its rewards!

                By Jeff

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                  Lens is manual, does not have stabilization; don't let this hold you back, the quality of the images are amazing if you take your time. Some chromatic aberration exists at f1.4, however it disappears at 1.6. Focus range on lens is smooth and adequate to make easy precise adjustments. Flickr also has a group solely dedicated to this lens, which says a lot. Using a macro adapter provided superior results as well.

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Value

                  By Speed of Light Photography

                  from Peoria, AZ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portrait
                    • Video

                    Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                    Awesome value if you can live without AF and deal with manual aperture. I use it on my Nikon D700 and my Fuji X-T1 with an adaptor. In both cases, it works flawlessly. The IQ is in the same league with my Nikkor 85 1.4D. I use it mainly for portraits so manual focus is not a big deal. It's very sharp wide open and gets better when you stop down. Even at f1.8 the sharpness and contrast is greatly improved over f1.4, however you most definitely can shoot it at 1.4 and get great results.
                    It would be a good sports lens for certain indoor sports if it had AF, but I would not suggest photographing moving objects with this lens. The DOF is very thin at 1.4 and you'll end up very frustrated. For anything that holds relatively still however, this is quite a good bargain lens for the performance it puts out.
                    Build quality is good even with some plastic parts. The lens is heavy and feels solid in hand so I don't anticipate problems related to durability if you can minimize abuse. Heck, even if it doesn't last, you can buy four or five of them for the same price as a Nikon or Canon equivalent.

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                    5.0

                    Great lens for the price

                    By James Tippet Photography

                    from Norman, OK

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                    I'm an automotive photographer and auto focus isn't that big of a deal unless I'm using it for events. Used this lens last weekend at an Oklahoma drift event and it worked flawlessly. Def. a great lens if you don't care about auto focus. Super sharp wide open.

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                    4.0

                    Just what I needed.

                    By Rich Ples

                    from Berkeley Heights, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great low light lens

                    Cons

                    • Needs Auto-focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                    I needed a fast lens to shoot indoor HS sporting events. Basketball, ice hockey, fencing, swim meets etc.. Some HS gymnasiums have very poor lighting!!!! Also happy that I got the version with the Focus Confirm Chip. My Nikon D7000 couples with this lens nicely ensuring correct manual focus. The f/1.4 max apreture gave me the flexability to shoot between that and f/2.8. I was able to keep the iso at 1600 or lower while shooting in apreture priority mode to get the fastest shutter speed while keeping digital noise to a minimum. New equipment always comes with a learning curve and this lens is no exception. For capturing fast action I needed to re-learn how to pre focus. (There were no AF lenses around when I bought my first camera, a Nikon F in 1970) Bottom line is, when "I got it right" the pics were sharp and crisp. Great action shots. I only gave it 4 stars because it could really use auto focus.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens!

                    By NikonPhotoGuy

                    from Toronto, ON

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                      Excellent build quality, there is a lot of metal on this lens.
                      Image quality is great for photo and video.
                      The focus ring is a little tight, but smooth. I thought it would be a little looser.
                      If you plan on shooting anything with action, forget about it and get the nikon 85mm with autofocus. Manual focus does take time.
                      Also, it doesn't focus on close up objects.
                      As i mainly shoot video on a tripod with this lens, the Samyang fulfills my requirements.

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