Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 Coming Soon

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    It looks like we’re going to be getting another autofocus 85mm option, this time it will come from Samyang who will be announcing an AF 85mm f/1.4 very soon.</p>
    <p>This joins the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 in the company’s new autofocus line of lenses for Canon’s EF mount.</p>
    
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    Etienne

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    melgross said:
    So, seriously, how good are these inexpensive Chinese lenses we’ve seen popping up the past three years or so? Anybody here try, or have any?

    I have the manual focus version. It's pretty good but manually focusing an 85 1.4 is difficult, especially in video and especially on a Canon body that offers no focus assist option on the LCD.

    I'll get one of these AF versions if it's not too expensive.
     
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    ajfotofilmagem

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    melgross said:
    So, seriously, how good are these inexpensive Chinese lenses we’ve seen popping up the past three years or so? Anybody here try, or have any?
    Samyang is a South Korean company, and has made some bos lenses for decades. In this sense, Samyang is quite different from Yongnuo and other Chinese manufacturers.
     
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    tmroper

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    melgross said:
    So, seriously, how good are these inexpensive Chinese lenses we’ve seen popping up the past three years or so? Anybody here try, or have any?

    I've used one of their Rokinon cine lenses (24mm), and was quite surprised at how much I liked the look. I'd have no problem buying one again, if the specs met my needs.

    As mentioned, they're a South Korean optical company that's been around for decades, used to make the Vivatar lenses, and also merged with a Japanese CCTV company. It's great to see them coming out with new lenses for modern cameras.
     
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    Etienne said:
    melgross said:
    So, seriously, how good are these inexpensive Chinese lenses we’ve seen popping up the past three years or so? Anybody here try, or have any?

    I have the manual focus version. It's pretty good but manually focusing an 85 1.4 is difficult, especially in video and especially on a Canon body that offers no focus assist option on the LCD.

    I'll get one of these AF versions if it's not too expensive.

    I have a 6D just so that I can use the Super Precision Matte focus screen. I used the 85mm last weekend, with great results. I also install those AE confirmation chips so that I can get some focus confirmation (there is microadjustment support, but it seems to dial in for your test distance best, so I don't rely on it) and focal length in the EXIF data.

    I enjoy using the 24, 35, 50, and 85mm lenses from RokiBowYang (mine are all Rokinon). And they are sharp! ...if you get a good copy. Experience with newer lenses seems to be better. I had an older 24mm and a new one ordered online was dramatically sharper wide open, though the old wasn't bad stopped down to f/2.
     
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    ahsanford

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    Etienne said:
    I'm interested for sure, but if Canon comes out with a 50mm f/1.4 IS soon, that's where all my money will go.

    +1. At this point all I need to see is "50" and "Canon EF" and my credit card is coming out.

    So I'm sure I'll love my purchase of the EF 150mm f/11 STM made entirely of hard cheese.

    - A
     
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    Etienne

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    ahsanford said:
    Etienne said:
    I'm interested for sure, but if Canon comes out with a 50mm f/1.4 IS soon, that's where all my money will go.

    +1. At this point all I need to see is "50" and "Canon EF" and my credit card is coming out.

    So I'm sure I'll love my purchase of the EF 150mm f/11 STM made entirely of hard cheese.

    - A

    LOL ... The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 (IS ?) update must be the most anticipated and neglected prime updates in the history of Canon. I can't fathom what's taking them so long.
     
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    melgross

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    Etienne said:
    ahsanford said:
    Etienne said:
    I'm interested for sure, but if Canon comes out with a 50mm f/1.4 IS soon, that's where all my money will go.

    +1. At this point all I need to see is "50" and "Canon EF" and my credit card is coming out.

    So I'm sure I'll love my purchase of the EF 150mm f/11 STM made entirely of hard cheese.

    - A

    LOL ... The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 (IS ?) update must be the most anticipated and neglected prime updates in the history of Canon. I can't fathom what's taking them so long.

    It’s funny, because several decades ago, the 50 1.4 was considered to be much better than the slower variety. It was also considered to be the best SLR 50, other than the 1.2, which was better.

    But boy, times have changed.
     
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    ahsanford

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    melgross said:
    It’s funny, because several decades ago, the 50 1.4 was considered to be much better than the slower variety. It was also considered to be the best SLR 50, other than the 1.2, which was better.

    But boy, times have changed.

    Some still think the EF 50 f/1.4 USM is better today. I am one of them.

    The pickle jars are not for me, I don't trust third party AF, and the 50L (for all its magic) is not a general purpose instrument. For me -- and that's the key bit -- 50 f/1.4 is the best of a pile of 6s and 7s to choose from.

    - A
     
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    tmroper

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    melgross said:
    It’s funny, because several decades ago, the 50 1.4 was considered to be much better than the slower variety. It was also considered to be the best SLR 50, other than the 1.2, which was better.

    But boy, times have changed.

    I still think the 50mm 1.4 looks fantastic when shooting film. But on a DSLR, it's only mediocre (at least my copy).
     
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