Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF: New wide-aperture lens arrives with a tempting price tag

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Samyang has announced a new wide-aperture telephoto lens for full-frame Canon DSLRs, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF.

The arrival comes just a week after the company unveiled the AF 24mm f/2.4 FE, a wide-angle prime lens for users of Sony's full-frame Alpha models.

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The minimally designed lens ships with a lens hood as standard

The minimally designed lens ships with a lens hood as standard

The new lens, which goes by the name Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 EF in the US, boasts an upgraded dual LSM motor that promises fast, quite and accurate autofocus, with the lens's minimum focusing distance being 90cm. The optic also features a nine-element, seven-group design, with Hybrid aspherical glass and and Ultra Multi Coatings to help keep image quality high. The lens will have a 77mm filter thread.

The lens is just 72mm long

The lens is just 72mm long

One of the main selling points of the lens is its weight and compactness; without its caps or hood, it measures just 72mm in length and weighs 485g. Despite its light weight, Samyang goes on to claim that the lens has a construction that sufficiently protects it against inclement weather.

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF price and release date

The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF is expected to be available from July, and it will be released with a UK RRP of £599.99. In the US, it will be sold as the Rokinon AF85mm F1.4, and will have a MSRP of $799.

Incidentally, Samyang already offers a far cheaper 85mm f/1.4 lens for Canon users, although that lens's low price is explained at least in part by the absence of an autofocus motor. Other autofocus rivals, such as Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens and Canon EF 85 mm f/1.4L IS USM are have considerably higher price tags, so no doubt the new optic will appeal to portrait shooters on a budget. 

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