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Deadbear77

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Gary Alan Box

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If this lens bears Sony or Zeiss logo, people would gladly pay $1400 for it.
This is a reason why they haven't not release such a focal length due to the goodness of Samyang 135mm f2.
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Incredible quality about these images and I've heard so many great things about this lens. I see you are using it on a A7RII. I use the a6000 and if I was thinking of getting a lens for portraits not sure if the 85mm f1.4 or this lens would be better option on the APS-C body.

Gary
 

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Incredible quality about these images and I've heard so many great things about this lens. I see you are using it on a A7RII. I use the a6000 and if I was thinking of getting a lens for portraits not sure if the 85mm f1.4 or this lens would be better option on the APS-C body.

Gary
The 85 1.4 is nowhere near the quality of the 135. I have had 2 copies of the 85 and both were good but not great. If you don't mind manual focus the canon FD 85 1.8 is smaller and a better performer. I also had the "dream lens" 85 1.2 by zonghi. It was sharper than the 85 1.4 but it fell apart and I returned it. Same thing happened with my 50mm .95, fell apart also after about 2 months of use.
 

SamSS

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Incredible quality about these images and I've heard so many great things about this lens. I see you are using it on a A7RII. I use the a6000 and if I was thinking of getting a lens for portraits not sure if the 85mm f1.4 or this lens would be better option on the APS-C body.
Gary
a7m2 body was used for those 5 images.
Gary, please consider that the Samyang 135mm f2 becomes 200mm without any stabilization on the a6000 body.
Good balancing act, monopod or high shutter speed will be necessary.
No doubt that it's a good lens with affordable price tag.
Selling points of this lens when shooting wide open are: not much CA, sharp, sharpness coverage almost 75-80% of the entire frame.
So, placing a subject at the rule of third wide open won't be a problem.

The 85 1.4 is nowhere near the quality of the 135. I have had 2 copies of the 85 and both were good but not great. If you don't mind manual focus the canon FD 85 1.8 is smaller and a better performer. I also had the "dream lens" 85 1.2 by zonghi. It was sharper than the 85 1.4 but it fell apart and I returned it. Same thing happened with my 50mm .95, fell apart also after about 2 months of use.
I use the Mitakon f1.2 for portraiture ocassions only or maybe didn't use it enough. Mine still doing fine.
 
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Richard Crowe

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Looks like a wonderful lens for portraits... I like that focal length on both APSC and full frame cameras when shooting portraits. Rokinon is offering some very nice lenses...
 

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The 135mm was once my favorite for full frame shooting. Now, however, I am more lokely to use 200mm or 100mm...
Let me guess. You used Canon? Their 135L was a joy to use, and relatively small and light.

BTW, I have to return mine. There is some kind of centering problem. Huge vignetting--but only across the top of the frame.
 

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