Hands-on with the Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lenses at CP+

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Samyang was showing a brand new 85mm F1.4 Canon RF Mount and 14mm F2.8 lenses at CP+ 2019 in Japan. The manual focus only lenses are incredibly lightweight and compact and looks to be a good option if you plan on shooting video with either the Canon EOS R or EOS RP.

Samyang 85mm F1.4

Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+

The Samyang 85mm F1.4 lens has a manual iris, but it isn’t de-clicked. The good news is that the focus does have hard stops.

Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+

We tried the lens out on a Canon EOS R and it was nice and sharp. The focus barrel is nicely weighted and the lens feels nice to hold and use on an EOS R. While the lens has a nice soft fall off the bokeh wasn’t that round. Below you can see a few shots we took with the lens.

Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+
Taken with the Samyang 85mm F1.4 RF mount @F1.4
Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+
Taken with the Samyang 85mm F1.4 RF mount @F1.4
Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+
Taken with the Samyang 85mm F1.4 RF mount @F1.4

Samyang expects the lens to start shipping sometime in the northern hemisphere spring. The good news is the lens will retail for just ¥50,000 ($446 USD). This will make it one of the most affordable full-frame native RF mount lenses available.

 

Samyang 14mm F2.8 

Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+

Just like the 85mm F1.4, the 14mm F2.8 has a manual iris (it isn’t de-clicked) as well as focus ring hard stops.

 

Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+
Take with the Samyang 14mm F2.8 RF mount lens @F4

 

We tried out the 14mm F2.8 out on a Canon EOS R and above you can see a sample image. The lens has pretty good distortion control and straight lines stay fairly straight. We didn’t find that the lens was overly sharp and the bokeh wasn’t as pleasing as other 14mm f2.8 prime lenses I have seen.

Samyang 85mm F1.4 & 14mm F2.8 Canon RF Mount lens shown at CP+

Samyang expects the lens to start shipping sometime in the northern hemisphere spring. The good news is the lens will retail for just ¥60,000 ($535 USD). Just like the 85mm F1.4, this price will make it one of the most affordable full-frame native RF mount lenses available.

It is good to see that other manufacturers apart from Canon are now starting to make native EOS RF mount lenses. Companies like Samyang provide uses with much more affordable lens options for the EOS R and EOS RP.

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