Which of These Affordable Lenses Is Right for You?

Samyang has established themselves as a creator of very competitively priced lenses that still offer impressive image quality. After a few years of building out their autofocus lineup, portrait photographers now have the choice between the AF 75mm f/1.8 FE and AF 85mm f/1.4 FE II. So, which is right for your work? This excellent video comparison will help you choose the right one for you. 

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this great video comparison will help you choose between the Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE and Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE II lenses. Both of these lenses are quite affordable, at $399 and $799, respectively, though there are some substantial differences between them. For example, the 85mm f/1.4 weighs 18 oz (509 g), making it a bit hefty, while on the other hand, the 75mm f/1.8 is particularly portable, coming in at just 8.1 oz (230 g), making it a very portable choice, excellent for portraits on the go. I'm particularly impressed by how sharp both options are for the price, and it sure looks like you can't go wrong with either; it really comes down to your budget, needs, and aesthetic preferences. Check out the video above for Abbott's full thoughts on both lenses. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Only 17 minutes? Brief by Dustin's standards lololol

I've always been intrigued by that 75mm. If impulse buying applied to lenses, it's one I'd grab on a whim just to keep in the bag.