Do you need an RF portrait lens on a budget? Consider the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4

CanonFanBoy

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I bought the lens a couple of weeks ago and it performs remarkably. A HUGE leap forward in autofocus consistency from my Canon EF 85 1.8 and effective no chromatic aberrations to speak of. I will say that my lens does have to do some hunting to lock focus on my RP - but that may actually be a problem with the camera, which I will be sending to the factory for repairs once my R5 comes in.
I have really been considering this lens as a possible band aid until better times when I can get RF again. Good to read your positive experience.
 

chasingrealness

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I have really been considering this lens as a possible band aid until better times when I can get RF again. Good to read your positive experience.
I have really been considering this lens as a possible band aid until better times when I can get RF again. Good to read your positive experience.
Here’s a quick example of what it can do. Mind you this is without eye autofocus on a fast-moving squirrel that basically came up to the edge of the minimum focus distance hoping I had a snack for him in mid-day sun on a virtually cloudless day. Also this is just a screenshot on my phone of the original image so zooming in will not be that effective haha.
 

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RBSfphoto

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Here’s a quick example of what it can do. Mind you this is without eye autofocus on a fast-moving squirrel that basically came up to the edge of the minimum focus distance hoping I had a snack for him in mid-day sun on a virtually cloudless day. Also this is just a screenshot on my phone of the original image so zooming in will not be that effective haha.
I don't consider this a great photo I shot it just to test the bokeh of this lens but this is another sample it is also just a screen shot
 

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JordanCS13

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I own the Sony FE version of this lens, which is identical except for the mount, and it's such a good performer for the price. I'm sure the RF 85/1.2L is a little better, but this lens is a very high quality optic. Quite sharp from wide open, lovely rendering, quick autofocus. I'm going to nab the RF 85/2 for my Canon system, but if I ever consolidate my kits to Canon only, I will almost certainly snag the RF version of the Samyang. It's a great lens.
 
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I have the Samyang 85mm f/1.2 XP with an adaptor and that has to be one of the best lens I've ever used (I am currently using it on my Canon R5). The level of clarity and sharpness is incredible. with the adaptor and the built in tech allows me to use face detection (on both people and animals) with the manual assist built into the R5. I am still considering getting the Samyang 85 f/1.4 RF lens since it has weather sealing and auto focus, but I am hearing mixed reviews about it, since it's not able to take advantage of the Canon R5's IBIS system. So can anyone with a Canon R5 please provide me with some assistance with this one. How is it working overall, I have heard on different forms that the AF isn't good and people missing a ton of shots. I have also heard complaints about the lens not being able to take advantage of IBIS, and some other issues as well! please let me know.
 

RBSfphoto

EOS M50
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May 18, 2020
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I have the Samyang 85mm f/1.2 XP with an adaptor and that has to be one of the best lenses I've ever used (I am currently using it on my Canon R5). The level of clarity and sharpness is incredible. with the adaptor and the built-in tech allows me to use face detection (on both people and animals) with the manual assist built into the R5. I am still considering getting the Samyang 85 f/1.4 RF lens since it has weather sealing and autofocus, but I am hearing mixed reviews about it, since it's not able to take advantage of the Canon R5's IBIS system. So can anyone with a Canon R5 please provide me with some assistance with this one. How is it working overall, I have heard on different forms that the AF isn't good and people missing a ton of shots. I have also heard complaints about the lens not being able to take advantage of IBIS, and some other issues as well! please let me know.
I have one and have had zero issues with the autofocus. It does not work with the IBIS apparently that is supposed to be fixed with a firmware update but for the way I use the lens as a portrait lens, it has not really been an issue for me. In real world situations it has been nothing but great not regretting buying it over the canon 1.2. It is my first Samyang lens and I could not be more pleased with the image quality, to be honest, the only issue I have had is the IBIS. I have shot professionally as my only income for over 30 years and this paired with the R5 may be my all-time favorite portrait camera/lens combo.
 
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Mar 28, 2020
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I have one and have had zero issues with the autofocus. It does not work with the IBIS apparently that is supposed to be fixed with a firmware update but for the way I use the lens as a portrait lens, it has not really been an issue for me. In real world situations it has been nothing but great not regretting buying it over the canon 1.2. It is my first Samyang lens and I could not be more pleased with the image quality, to be honest, the only issue I have had is the IBIS. I have shot professionally as my only income for over 30 years and this paired with the R5 may be my all-time favorite portrait camera/lens combo.
Thank you! I will look into this more! the AF is what I am most interested in because I love the control of the Manual focus on the Samyang 85mm f/1.2 lens. but there are circumstances where I would need AF and need something that could focus quicker than I am able to. This Samyang 85mm f/1.2 has been very very sharp! the image quality has been incredible! I just wanted to make sure if I am moving away from it, that I am moving to something that will give me the equal level of clarity that I have had in the past (as well as giving me auto focus and weather sealing). thank you for this information. and I hope you have a great day.
 
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