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Yongnuo announces the YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM

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Yongnuo has announced the autofocus YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM lens. This also appears to be the first third-party lens with a control ring. You can select between manual focus or control ring functions with a switch on the side of the lens.

You can check out all of the known RF mount lenses here. Let me know if there are any lenses missing.

About the YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM

Small body, lightweight

This product is designed for RF mount mirrorless camera,the maximum diameter and length of the lens is about 67×88mm, and the net weight is only about 380g. The lightweight design is good for long-term handhold shooting and video recording.

Equipped with a control ring, supports silent operation

Users can assign common functions such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, etc. to the control ring according to their needs. Rotating the control ring can quickly adjust the corresponding parameters, greatly improving operation convenience creative efficiency.

The lens is also designed with a “Click” switch: After Click is turned on, turning the control ring will have a clear sense of gear and a “click” sound; When the Click is turned off, turning the control ring will not make any noise, which is helpful during video recording.

Note: The control ring and manual focus ring are integrated designs, please set the switch to the corresponding position when using.

Equipped with AF/MF focus mode switch,supports full-time manual focus.

Through the AF/MF focus mode switch, you can quickly switch the focus mode. When the autofocus operation is set to [ONE SHOT], you can focus manually after you keep pressing the shutter button halfway to complete the focus (full-time manual focus).

Note: The full-time manual focus function can only be used normally after enabling the corresponding settings on the camera. For detailed operations, please refer to the camera manual.

Equipped with quiet DSM stepping motor

Digitally controlled stepping motor (DSM) has a quick start-stop response, high focusing accuracy, and quieter focusing action, which is suitable for photo shooting and video recording.

The lens mount is equipped with a dust-proof and water-proof rubber ring

The lens mount is equipped with a dust-proof and water-proof rubber ring,which can effectively resist the entry of dust and water droplets.

Note: The mount position of this lens has a certain degree of waterproof performance, but it is not completely waterproof. If you are shooting in rainy weather, please try to keep the lens from getting wet.

Equipped with a low-dispersion lens

Equipped with one low-dispersion glass, which can effectively suppress the dispersion problem.

With 9 optical lenses in 8 groups, the nano-multilayer coating process

The lens adopts an optical structure of 9 lenses in 8 groups, and the lens has a nano-multilayer coating process, which can effectively increase the light transmittance and suppress back-light ghosts and glare.

F1.8 large aperture, 7 aperture blades

Flexible use of F1.8 large aperture, easy to obtain soft blur effect, highlighting the subject.

The lens is designed with 7 aperture blades. It can shoot circular diffuse spots. It can also take pictures with 14 starburst effects if the aperture is appropriately reduced.

USB firmware upgrade

Equipped with a USB Type-C interface, you can download the latest firmware to upgrade the lens to keep the lens at its best performance.

Metal bayonet, gold-plated contacts

The lens adopts high-precision metal bayonet and gold-plated contacts, which can effectively improve the signal conductivity and corrosion resistance. At the same time, it can maintain reliable communication between the camera and the lens, and realize functions such as autofocus, aperture control, and EXIF information transmission.

jvillain

EOS RP
Sep 29, 2018
264
209
It's good to see some one else rolling out lenses for this system. Not only will they make a more affordable option but they will put pressure on Canon over their own prices. Also the third party guys some times come up with some really great formulas that Canon can't be bothered with. The Laowa probe lens being just one example.
 

fasterquieter

I'm New Here
Jan 31, 2020
10
10
Wonder if it’s something that if you’re newer, you adapt to. I use it for exposure comp. Actually use it a fair bit.
Quite possibly. The other issue is, I don't have one on all the lenses I use. So if my sense memory were to start getting used to it, I'd be frustrated the next time I used an EF lens. If all my lenses had one, I might assign it something and try and force myself.
 

tron

EOS R5
CR Pro
Nov 8, 2011
4,909
1,245
Exposure compensation can be easily done in both DSLRs and mirrorless by configuring the set button accordingly so It can change when we press set and turn the wheel at the same time. Very flexible and control ring and camera model independent.
 
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AlanF

Stay at home
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
8,252
10,300
I tend to shoot in full manual mode using the Fv setting. Top ring is set to vary speed and the control ring of the 100-500mm to vary iso. The control ring is useful. I also use the touchbar on my MacBook.
 

bergstrom

Photographer
Feb 23, 2015
273
160
Long time buyer of yongnuo stuff and really pissed off they haven't made an 85 1.4 AF for canon EF.
 

mpphoto

EOS M6 Mark II
CR Pro
Dec 15, 2013
86
8
Been in the RF world for over a year now and still haven't touched a control ring. Reminds me of the Touch Bar on my last Mac. Something I had to pay extra for, but never used.
I thought I'd find the control ring useful for setting exposure compensation, but I found I never did it that way because it was hard to break from old habits. Instead, I'd press the shutter halfway and use one of the camera dials like on my EF bodies. Then one day I noticed I had some unexpectedly over- and under-exposed photos. I had accidentally turned the control ring and adjusted exposure compensation. I forget which lens it was. After that, I disabled the control ring to prevent future accidents since I wasn't using it anyway. I'm glad other folks are able to make use of it.

As for this Yongnuo, I'm happy to see another choice for RF lenses. Not sure I'd spend $400 for this because I'd rather spend more for the Canon and get IS plus a shorter MFD. I'm sticking with my EF 85mm f/1.8 and Sigma 85mm Art while I wait for the price of the Canon RF 85mm f/2 to drop a bit.
 

Normalnorm

EOS RP
Dec 25, 2012
731
364
It's good to see some one else rolling out lenses for this system. Not only will they make a more affordable option but they will put pressure on Canon over their own prices. Also the third party guys some times come up with some really great formulas that Canon can't be bothered with. The Laowa probe lens being just one example.
I am not so sure about that.
Decades of third party lenses haven't stopped them yet.