Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF gives Canon EOS R shooters big bokeh at budget price

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF
(Image credit: Samyang)

Samyang has released its second autofocus lens to fit the Canon EOS R, EOS RP, and forthcoming EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The RF-mount Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF, will also be sold (as usual) under the Rokinon label in North America.

The fast telephoto prime is ideally suited for portraits, and thanks to its f/1.4 maximum aperture promises great bokeh backgrounds when used wide open. 

Samyang launched its first autofocus lens for the Canon RF mount last year, with the release of the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 RF. The Korean company already has an RF-mounted manual 85mm f/1.4, but this adds a Dual-Linear Sonic Motor (DLSM) which promises  high-speed and silent autofocus performance.

With a total of 11 elements in 8 groups, with 4 high-refractive (HR) optics and an extra low-dispersion (ED) lens, have been designed to create "impressive image quality from corner to corner, even at the maximum wide open aperture of f/1.4". Smooth bokeh effects are aided by a nine-bladed diaphragm design. 

Canon does not currently have an 85mm lens in its RF lens roadmap, although does have two versions of two faster versions: the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM and the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF specs

Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 RF (Image credit: Rokinon)

Also known as: Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 RF
Focal Length:
Mounts: Canon RF
Full frame: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
Image stabilization: No
Aperture: f/1.4-22
Lens structure: 11 elements in 8 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Min. focusing distance: 0.9m / 2.9ft
Max. magnification: 0.11x
Filter thread: 77mm
Dimensions: 88x97.5mm (3.5x3.84in)
Weight: 584g (20.6oz)

Price and availability

The Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 RF will go on sale from June for a recommended retail price of $799. The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF will retail in the UK for £599 from late June.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

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