Samyang V-AF 75mm T1.9 review

Ready for your close-up? The Samyang V-AF 75mm T1.9 is geared up for tight cine shots with Sony cameras

Samyang V-AF 75mm T1.9
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Aimed primarily at filmmakers using Sony E-mount cameras, this 75mm lens has a fast T1.9 light transmittance rating, ideal for close-ups and head shots with dreamy bokeh. It excels at the task, with outstanding sharpness and beautiful blurriness, along with excellent color rendition and contrast. Handling is refined and the lens works equally well for high-resolution stills as well as for video up to and including 8K. And it’s a bargain at the price.


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    Excellent image quality

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    Refined handling

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    Compact ‘unified’ build


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    You’ll have to wait for smart accessories

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The Samyang V-AF 75mm T1.9 is one of five lenses advertised as the world’s first autofocus cine lenses for Sony E-mount cameras. All have the same size and weight, with a unified form-factor, and all have the same T1.9 light transmittance rating. The V-AF 24mm T1.9 and 35mm T.9 are already available and Samyang plans to launch additional 20mm and 45mm lenses later in 2023, to complete the set. These Samyang lenses are being sold under the Rokinon label in the US. All are full-frame compatible and also work on Sony’s APS-C format E-mount cameras, where the 75mm lens has a boosted ‘effective’ focal length of 112.5mm.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.