Samyang is on a roll – just this past week the affordable lens maker announced MK2 versions of their 14mm and 85mm manual focus primes. And now, Samyang (known as Rokinon in North America) is announcing the new Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 Canon RF mount full-frame portrait lens.
Affordable RF Mount Prime Lens for Canon EOS R5 and RED Komodo
With the new 85mm f1.4 RF, Samyang is expanding their RF mount portfolio, which also includes three other lenses. These are the Rokinon AF 14mm f2.8 RF, and the manual focus versions of the 85mm and 14mm RF primes.
Naturally, the new Rokinon 85mm f1.4 RF represents great value for money for those looking for a good performance affordable portrait lens that support autofocus. Future RED Komodo and Canon EOS R5 owners looking for some more affordable RF lenses should definitely check them out.
Nevertheless, at the moment, there is a small number of already available Canon RF primes and zooms, but they are quite a bit expensive.
Advanced AF Technology & Beautiful “Bokeh”
Furthermore, the new 85mm benefits from breathtaking bokeh, not to mention impressive image quality according to the Samyang Global press release.
In addition, the lens’ design incorporates a DLSM (Dual Linear Sonic Motor) that utilizes ultrasonic vibrations to provide fast and silent autofocus performance. Also, it features protocols developed specifically for a short telephoto lens precisely control the operation of the DLSM.
Advanced Optical Design in a Budget Portrait Lens
Samayng lenses are all about the overall package – great optical performance that won’t break the bank. And the new 85mm f1.4 ain’t no different! It’s got a solid optical formula with several special elements. Those include, a single Extra Low Dispersion (ED) and four High Refractive Index (HRI) elements. And all of these elements have been treated with UMC coatings.
Fast f/1.4 Aperture and 9 Blade Diaphragm
In addition, the fast max aperture an rounded nine blade iris should be enough to please plenty of portrait photographers. Moreover, the 85mm RF benefits from weather sealing against dust, light rain and moisture.
Furthermore, the lens comes with an AF/MF switch allows quick and easy shifting between auto-focus and full manual focus operation. Additionally, the internal focusing design eliminates changes in length. The non-rotating 72mm front filter diameter allows the use of Polarizers, ND, and many other filters.
The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 in Canon RF mount also comes with a removable lens hood and a soft lens pouch. The lens is scheduled to ship sometime this month in June for about $699 USD.
You can pre-order from B&H here.