Samyang 14mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.4 RF lenses – Canon EOS R
New Samyang RF lenses for Canon’s EOS R series
Samyang is one of the few companies that has produced lenses for Canon’s EOS R series. They have recently come out with 14mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.4. The two lenses I borrowed from Focus Nordic and the camera from Goecker for Shooters since I don’t normally use Canon, except for a 24mm Tilt/Shift lens I use for architecture.
I had the camera for a week, so I was glad that the Danish summer offered some sun in between. Well, it did. I had both sun at Køge Harbour and in Copenhagen the days I was out shooting.
There is no doubt that I am very happy to shoot with 85mm due to the fact that i am not going to be able to do that. depth of field. Here’s the extra delicious on this lens is a f1.4 🙂 The depth of field is so minimal that it’s quite scary. The focus has to be extremely precise and this is it. EOS R has a touch screen. This allows you to access settings directly from the screen by just tapping the setting you want to change. It also allows you to choose focus that way. It’s smart.
I often shoot wide open. I mean, with low aperture numbers. I did that here, too. All the way down to f1.4! Others who have tried do not think the sharpness is good enough at 1.4, but I have no problem with that. For what I’m doing, it’s fine. Especially because the bokeh (blur) that comes into the background is disfiguring. Insanely delicious and soft.
It is clear (and clear) that sharpness is getting significantly better from f2.0 and above. But that’s the way it is with most lenses when you’re blinding down.
Autofocus and eye focus
The 85mm from Samyang is the perfect portrait lens and I wish I’d had time for a portrait session. But that’s what I’m going to have. However, I have borrowed one of Samyang’s official photos, which were taken by Dustin Abbot(DustinAbbott.Net)and it shows quite well what the 85 is capable of. See Below.
The focus speed of both 14mm and 85mm is top notch. It leaves nothing to be desired. At the same time, Canon EOS R has face detection and eye-focus, which Samyang’s lenses support. That’s super cool. I didn’t get the opportunity to test it very much. But it works super well.
The focusing, Samyang’s Dual Linear Sonic Motor is very quiet and lightning fast and both lenses have an AF/MF button on the left side of the lens.
Price-wise, there’s nothing to come by. Samyang delivers the usual very acceptable price. Canon doesn’t even have an 85mm f1.4. They have an f2.0 and a f1.2 – and Samyangs are cheaper than Canon’s own 85mm f2 and cost 1/4 of 85mm f1.2 which Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to try.
I shot a few pictures with Samyang 14mm f2.8, but it’s very wide and not something I use very often, except when it’s interior images. It has a field of view 113.9 degrees.
For me, it’s priced with Samyang’s 14mm f2.8 at about 5,300,- In Canon’s own line, the closest you’ll get to a 14mm is 15-35f2.8 to $17,300. It’s also a kind of money.
The near limit of 14mm is 20cm and at 85mm it is 90cm. Very much in line with other similar lenses.
The building quality is really good. They have metal mount, of course, but the body itself is made of plastic and is weather-weathered. Completely in line with ex. Samyang lenses for Sony E-mount that I use myself.
It’s great to see that Samyang focuses on Canon’s New EOS R format as one of the few 3. party producers. Looking forward to seeing what’s next coming from them. we can hope.
Below are the images from the Samyang 85mm f1.4 RF and further down there are from the Samyang 14mm f2.8.
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