Exactly one week after dropping its 24mm F2.8 AF lens for full-frame Sony cameras, Samyang is back at it again. Today, Samyang announced the release of a new 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs.
The telephoto prime is yet another addition in Samyang’s growing portfolio of autofocus lenses. This lens in particular uses an upgraded dual-motor system to deliver faster, more accurate autofocus performance, according to Samyang. The minimum focusing distance is 90cm/35.43in, roughly 5cm more than Canon’s 85mm F1.4 IS USM lens, which has a minimum focusing distance of 85cm/33.46in.
The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF lens weighs 485g/1.07lbs and measures in at 72mm long without the lens hood or rear cap. It’s constructed of nine optical elements in seven groups, including hybrid aspherical elements and an “ultra multi coating” designed to eliminate flares and ghosting. Samyang has also included weather-sealing, which should make it a little more robust in tough environments.
The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF lens, which sells under the Rokinon brand name in the United States, will be available in July 2018 for £599.99 (~$800). This puts it at roughly half the price of Canon’s 85mm F1.4 IS USM lens, which retails for $1,600.