Samyang 85mm f/1.8 UMC CS lens review with samples

I forgot to mention this lens’s price: €350 / £319 (approx. $350 US).

I also forgot to say “thank you” to Samyang for providing a sample of this lens for testing – although, as usual, this is a totally independent review.

Here’s something I haven’t seen before: an 85mm lens just for APS-C cameras. It’s clearly a intended as a classic portrait lens – let’s see how it performs. It will be available for Sony E, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3 mounts.

By the way, this review is not sponsored by Samyang or Marumi or anyone else! I just love this lens, hehe (even though it’s not perfect).

All pictures taken by me on Sony a7R II and a5100 cameras.

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amit gahlot says:


Ian Wilkinson says:

Have you tried it on your A7R II and, if so, how was the vignetting?

Maciej Loboda says:

Would love to have 135mm f2 small lens for aps-c instead to use as travel size 200mm telephoto lens.

Jiselle Ann Rosales says:


Mark says:

Would the 1.5x factor apply to the focal length and f-stop even though it is made for APSC bodies?

mattajiaDvertyo says:

Almost a perfect lens actually! Great review as always 🙂

Christoffer Nelson says:

After the 35/1.2 was released I emailed Samyang and suggested this as the perfect lens to round out the set, though they did me one better at 1.8 rather than the f2 I recommended for a compact ‘135’.
And, true to form, the IQ in this lens is very nearly superb. I am very excited to get this one in my bag.

Jan Horcicka says:

Great review. Thanks 🙂

Kevin Opar says:

I actually really like the rainbow flare.

Foto4Max says:

Why would anybody consider this lens, when you get for 100€ more the excellent Sony FE85 with autofocus.
But i guess since it’s a Samyang lens you‘ll say it’s worth it….

Asif Hasnat Monon says:

Great review sir, I’m greatly thankful to you for reviewing Sony FE 16-35 few days ago. A lots love and well wishing for you from Bangladesh , God bless you

javier silva says:

is manual?

M1 K says:

I was looking for a compact telefoto lens for landscape a bit but, might got kinda serious right now..

Saurabh Singh says:

Yo.. 5th here

Ahmed Recon says:

I’m new subscriber, your videos are awesome! Please keep it up

Vivian Choi says:

I hope Samyang will send you the new 85mm 1.4 AF for canon!

Manuel Ares González says:

Could you test it on a FF sony a7? Considering that the 21mm f1.4, 35mm f1.2 and 50mm f1.2 lenses cover full frame sensor without a lot of vignetting, it would be nice to know how this one behaves. Great video!

Jonne Schoneveld says:

What is the big difference between this lens and the other Samyang 85mm F1.4?

Thomas Pirolt says:

Very thrilling lens for me as I can now complete my Samyang Aps-c line set. Wonderful. Very nice of you to compare it with the Sony 85 1.8. Great review, as always! Thanks.

lazerman121 says:

I am so glad to see they did not abandon this line up. I hope they make a 16mm f1.8 version. Do you have plans to test their 21mm F1.4 and 35mm F1.2 versions? I hear they are really good. Keep up the good work.

memesucks says:

Great for fuji system…almost all fuji lenses are overpriced for an apsc lens.

Angelo Oportus says:

Great review! Please don’t forget other samyang lenses for aps-c mirrorles, like the 21mm f1.4, I’ve been waiting for that review for a long time ☹️

Geoff says:

It does looks really good

Aslam Haniffa says:

Hi I love your camera gears review videos it is short and sweet, you cover the important descriptions and testing results of the gear. Some people talk too much and make us bored.

Pieter de Wit says:

Don’t actually need this focal lens, but it looks amazing !

Saint Si says:

Another great review. Top man. Regards Si.

Spinifex says:

No 85mm APS-C mirrorless lens? Fuji has an 80mm f/2.8 macro and a 90mm f/2 lenses. They are pricey, and not exactly 85 mm, but 5 mm at telephoto distances don’t make that much of a difference.

Oh, and Samsung had a 85mm f1.4. Anyone remembered they released a mirrorless camera before Sony?

Mark Nathan says:

Good for apsc users but a waste of time for m43 users when you look at the olympus 75mm f1.8 with af which is razor sharp and has nice bokeh. It can also be bought second hand.

Baverne Tatiste says:

Good and precise review as usual. But do you think you could introduce focus breathing in your future tests? As that kind of lense produce an heavy bokeh and can be used for video, it’s a huge point to me.

HelloLoveBCD says:

The price is too much, the Samyang 85 1.4 for Sony is only $259 at b&h but great review as always! I just noticed i haven’t subscribed yet. SUBSCRIBED!

Enkoder Novi says:


Péter Sági says:

Great review as always! (PS.: Your wife is like an idealized CG character from a japanese video game.)

Aldrin Detablan says:

hope you do the samyang af 85 f1.4..great review as always..

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