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Samyang 85mm F1.4 AF Sony E-Mount $549

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Samyang/Rokinon 85mm. Previously it was at 539 but this is not bad either for 10 extra. Sold by Amazon.

Check out Dustin's detailed E mount lens review (compared with 85/1.8 85GM 85Art etc.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcMOp3BXj4E&t=389s​ [youtube.com]

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I still prefer the Sony 85mm F1.8
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For the same money the Sony 85mm f1.8 punches way above its weight class and brings all the AF advantages of being a perfect mate to the A7iii. Ken Rockwell considers the Sony 85mm an optically exceptional lens and one that's bested by the GMaster really only in its weather sealing.

From Ken's website: [kenrockwell.com]

This Sony 85mm f/1.8 is a spectacular lens with flawless optics as good or better than the huge 85mm f/1.4 GM. This f/1.8 lens has great handling and it's super small, light and inexpensive. It weighs less than half as much as the beastly 85mm f/1.4 GM, has the same fantastic sharpness, silent operation, fast, silent autofocus and great bokeh — and costs only one-third as much!
It's also a fast f/1.8 for great results in low light. It's ideal for people who understand that the whole point of a mirrorless camera is small size and light weight. This is a small, non-imposing lens for great shots of anything anywhere.
It's sharp, fast, has no distortion and has great bokeh.
The expensive 85mm f/1.4 GM is for men who like to spend a lot of money and flash around fancy cameras, while this 85/1.8 takes the same pictures with a lot less hassle. This lens is for people who want great pictures as opposed to paying for and carrying way too much.
Sony did what many camera makers do: they introduced the exotic 85mm f/1.4 GM a year before in February 2016 so the rich guys could all buy it, and then a year later in February 2017 Sony announced this lens which is just as good, for one third the price. This is called market segmentation: selling a slightly different product to different levels of the market to extract as much money as possible from the overall market. By introducing the exotic lens a year before, all the Sony fanatics had already bought the f/1.4 before this lens came out. f/1.4 only throws backgrounds 25% more out of focus than f/1.8. Do you care? I don't.
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Wow, this is an excellent deal for those who bought the a6400 or the a6600 student price. Great telephoto.
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Same price at B&H (no tax for some states).
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Same price at B&H (no tax for some states).
Ahhhh No Tax days! And still, some haven't understood what they have voted for, or worst, "Will", again!...
Nevertheless a great lens, for anyone looking for portrait photography or indoor, smaller court action sports photography.
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Great lens, but the Sony 1.8 is genuinely better and costs less.
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For the same money the Sony 85mm f1.8 punches way above its weight class and brings all the AF advantages of being a perfect mate to the A7iii. Ken Rockwell considers the Sony 85mm an optically exceptional lens and one that's bested by the GMaster really only in its weather sealing.

From Ken's website: [kenrockwell.com]

This Sony 85mm f/1.8 is a spectacular lens with flawless optics as good or better than the huge 85mm f/1.4 GM. This f/1.8 lens has great handling and it's super small, light and inexpensive. It weighs less than half as much as the beastly 85mm f/1.4 GM, has the same fantastic sharpness, silent operation, fast, silent autofocus and great bokeh — and costs only one-third as much!
It's also a fast f/1.8 for great results in low light. It's ideal for people who understand that the whole point of a mirrorless camera is small size and light weight. This is a small, non-imposing lens for great shots of anything anywhere.
It's sharp, fast, has no distortion and has great bokeh.
The expensive 85mm f/1.4 GM is for men who like to spend a lot of money and flash around fancy cameras, while this 85/1.8 takes the same pictures with a lot less hassle. This lens is for people who want great pictures as opposed to paying for and carrying way too much.
Sony did what many camera makers do: they introduced the exotic 85mm f/1.4 GM a year before in February 2016 so the rich guys could all buy it, and then a year later in February 2017 Sony announced this lens which is just as good, for one third the price. This is called market segmentation: selling a slightly different product to different levels of the market to extract as much money as possible from the overall market. By introducing the exotic lens a year before, all the Sony fanatics had already bought the f/1.4 before this lens came out. f/1.4 only throws backgrounds 25% more out of focus than f/1.8. Do you care? I don't.
While I do own the 85 1.8, I would only take Ken Rockwell's word with a grain of salt. He often has a "unique" view of the gear he tests and owns, so I prefer other sources of reviews these days. Honestly, I didn't even know he still did reviews. With that said, both lenses are great.
But back to the lenses. I have both in my hands right now. Virtually the same price at this point.
If you want less weight, smaller form factor, need the fastest AF possible (shoot sports, dogs, etc.), and/or also do some video, go for the Sony 85 1.8, it's a great lens.
If most of what you do is lots of portraits, senior shoots, events, weddings, AND need even better subject isolation, and 2/3 stop better low light performance, I'd recommend the Samyang 85 1.4.
It's hard to judge other people's priorities but this is my opinion and experience with these lenses. Both are super good values, I really like both lenses. 85mm is one of my favorite focal lengths.
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I had the Batis 85, Sony 85 1.8, and the Samyang 85 1.4

Out of the three, I kept the Samyang. I preferred the rendering of the Samyang and the 1.4 makes a difference for me. The Samyang at 1.4 just gave more of a 3D pop and the bokeh was so smooth. It was a easy choice for me to sell the Batis and the Sony. The Sony lenses are better for video and af-c though.

Anyway, I don't think there is a bad option at the 85mm range for Sony.
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