13th November 2015, Singapore – Yesterday we posted an article about what our guest reviewers Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng think about the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC lens and we also saw the great images that our reviewers had produced using the Samyang 35mm lens. Today, we are taking a look at the images that were produced by both our reviewers using the Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC lens. Just months ago, we had passed the lens to a professional photographer Ross Velatine Errol and he did a review for the Samyang 85mm and you can read it here.
The Samyang 85mm is a very different lens as compared to the 35mm. This focal length had been widely known for its “perfect portraiture length” and it is widely used in various industries likely Wedding Albums or Studio work. So taking and using the 85mm in a street photography environment will prove to be challenging to users who are not exactly familiar with this focal length – but our pair of reviewers seems to have made the best out of this lens. Let’s check out what they had shot using the Samyang 85mm!
(All images are adjusted for exposure, minor cropping and straightening only. Click on the image to view at 100%)
Image: Temple stone carvings, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.
Image: A devotee doing a prayer, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.
Image: A busy afternoon at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.
Image: Chinese Opera Fidge Magnets at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.
Image: “Through Manay Eyes” at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.
“Comparing the Samyang 85mm with the 35mm, it is a different lens altogether. The mid telephoto focal length allows me to achieve a close up from a distance and the bokeh is simply excellent. And seldom, you will hear about people using a 85mm lens for street photos but I am glad to share that it is possible and I quite like it too! Further to that, if you look at the photo of the temple door bangers (above), you will notice that the Samyang 85mm has almost zero corner distortions and this is way too good to be true. Given the asking price, the capability of the 85mm, this lens will be on my shopping list.”
– Ang Qianling
“A pleasant surprise is what I would describe the Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC. The lens produces sharp images that are full of details while the out-of-focus area (Bokeh) are well toned and smooth. This is a perfect lens for those who wish they can use bokeh to blur out the messing or distracting surroundings. The focal length also allows me to shoot from a little distance away so that I may capture people in their most natural expressions. Although I do not really shoot portraits a lot (I love shooting macro, food, toys & travel photography), the Samyang 85mm is definitely more than just a portraits lens – wish to own one someday.”
– Joanna Ng
Special Thanks to Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng for their user-experience of the Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) lens. If you have photos and experience to share about this lens, please feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Samyang 85mm F1.4 is shipped in various mounts – Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon AE (F), Pentax K, Sony A-mount, Sony E-mount, FujiFilm X, Samsung NX, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds. Get your Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC here.
About Samyang Singapore
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