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 when shooting with an 85mm, mostly because of the very shallow depth of field. This lens does a great job, especially due to the delicious f1.4 🙂 The depth of field is so minimal. Scary shallow. The focus has to be extremely precise and it is. 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 and 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 (background blur) that comes out of this lens is awesome. Insanely delicious and soft.

It is clear (obviously) that sharpness is getting significantly better from f2.0 and above. But that’s the way it is with most lenses when you’re dialing 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. Maybe next time. I have borrowed one of Samyang’s official photos, which have been taken by Dustin Abbot (DustinAbbott.Net) and it shows quite well what the 85mm 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, Samyang is very well placed. Samyang delivers the usual very acceptable price. Canon doesn’t 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 for interior images. It has a field of vision of 113.9 degrees.

For me, it’s priced well – Samyang’s 14mm f2.8 at about Danish kroner 5,300,- In Canon’s own line, the closest you’ll get to a 14mm is 15-35f2.8 to Danish kroners 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.

Build quality

The building quality is really good. They have metal mount, of course, but the body itself is made of plastic and is weather-sealed. 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 from them. Maybe a 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4? 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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