Last week, I suggested that the Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 autofocus lens for Canon R-series cameras could be something of a game-changer. One of the first reviews has come in from the respected Dustin Abbott, and as predicted, Canon fans should be excited.
As discussed in this article, owners of Canon mirrorless full-frame cameras need some deep pockets if they want to fill out their lens lineup. In time, Canon will release more glass, but Samyang seems to be plowing ahead with the first third-party autofocus lenses.
Fstoppers’ own Lee Morris suggested that, with the Sony version of this lens, you’re getting 90% of the results for 40% of the cost. For Abbott, you’re getting 90% of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L for about 30% of the cost, not to mention half the weight.
For me, it’s now a question of how soon and how many when it comes to Samyang’s plans for more RF glass. There’s no end of gaping holes in Canon’s mirrorless lens lineup, and a nifty fifty would go a long way to making the EOS RP a more attractive option for those looking to save on money and bulk. The EOS RP is a great little camera, but the glass simply doesn’t yet exist to make it a perfect walkaround option.
If you need an even more detailed review, be sure to check out this longer critique from Abbott.
Does this lens get you excited as a Canon shooter? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.