Is This the Best Value Portrait Lens?

Wide aperture portrait lenses are some of the most popular out there, but they are rarely cheap. However, in the last few years, we have seen an influx of third-party lenses that are significantly cheaper than first-party options. This excellent video review takes a look at one such lens, the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4.

Coming to you from Julia Trotti, this great video review takes a look at the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 for mirrorless cameras. Up until a few years ago, Samyang lenses were known for being very affordable and quite sharp lenses, albeit manual focus in design only. However, the company has begun making autofocus lenses, which makes them far more viable in a variety of genres. The AF 85mm f/1.4 is one such optic and quite an interesting one at that, as it significantly undercuts the price of comparable first-party lenses, which are frequently well north of $2,000. However, as you can see in the video, it still offers impressive performance and sharpness, perhaps good enough that unless you absolutely need the very best out there, you can save tremendous amounts of money by opting for it over more expensive options. Check out the video above to see it in action. 

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Tony Clark's picture

Does everyone shoot wide open all the time? I typically let the location tell a story, especially if you have a good subject so don't be afraid of stopping down a little. This video has been brought to you by my preset collection.

VJ Tristram Vailoces's picture

I would get the Nikon Noct to get more of the background

Charles Mercier's picture

It's a passing trend.... give it a few years.

David T's picture

No, not everyone shoots wide open all the time. But for a review video testing the extreme is of course more interesting.

If you review a car you also test max acceleration/deceleration, dodging wildlife, and so on. Trip to walmart is not so interesting...

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Very solid point.

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Ivan Lantsov's picture

this rerun!

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

Color grading 😖