Amazing Lens!!!!! 85mm 1.4 Full Frame Manual Focus Lens

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Robert Evangelista, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Robert Evangelista

    Robert Evangelista Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2016
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
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    Robert Evangelista
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    Weekend Photography: 50 - SAMYANG 85mm 1.4 on Micro Four Thirds Body

    One Statement! = Best Value for the Money


    Very few lenses have this characteristic.
    This Lens is simply Amazing and is a god sent to me.
    I have Cramps in my face by smiling too much.
    Such a joy to shoot with.
    The focal length is my sweet spot.
    with 2 days of use, I was able to get some of my favorite shots this year.
    I regret to get it after shooting for 3 years. I wish I never hesitated.
    The MF ring is so freakin smooth. The 1.4 aperture is something very hard to come by at this price point specially at this focal length.
    The build quality inspires confidence.
    The Glass elements feels Prestigious, I can not believe the price. Sorry I really cant.
    Here are some keepers after 2 days of using this lens.

    MODE = Manual
    ISO = LOW ~ 200
    SHUTER SPEED = 100 ~200
    APERTURE = 1.4 ~ 2.8
    Image Stabilization = 180mm
    File = RAW
    Noise Reduction = NONE!
    EV = -1 ~ 0
    Manual Focus Assist = Peaking + Magnify

    Last edited: Sep 5, 2016
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  2. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    You mentioned that you set the image stabilization to 180mm.
    It should really be set to match the focal length (85mm) to get the best effect.
    You can see the difference easily on the EM-1 by intentionally wiggling just a little bit and looking at the screen or view finder while half pressing the shutter.
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  3. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Veteran

    May 29, 2015
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    Excellent thread. Ive been looking for examples of this lens on mft mount.
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  4. Robert Evangelista

    Robert Evangelista Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2016
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
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    Robert Evangelista
    I did try, but I seem to be getting better results doubling up.
    The past 2 days of shoot was so rush and spontaneous.
    Did not have much practice time.

    But the past 2 days of using this lens Is one of the most enjoyable shoots I had.
  5. DWS

    DWS Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    Very nice, Robert. Makes me wish I had kept my Nikon FF setup, which included the 85 f1.4.
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  6. Starfleet

    Starfleet Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 14, 2015
    Michigan, USA
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    Personally, I had the Canon mount version, adapted to M43 and sold it right away...
    Very heavy, and focus ring extremely stiff and unpleasant to use. In comparison my Voigtlander lenses are super smooth. Anyway, nice pictures.
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  7. Robert Evangelista

    Robert Evangelista Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2016
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
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    Robert Evangelista
    Starfleet, I know what you mean.
    But I prefer the stiff more. (It is personal preference)
    I am actually worried that the stiffness will wear out as time go by.
    I just like it the way it is.

    But the IQ is amazing for its price.

    For the weight, My wrist hurt, I am not used to a front heavy camera. :)
  8. Rambling Sam

    Rambling Sam Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2016
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
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    I can't remember if with a m4/3rds body, they say you should set the focal length to that of what the lens actually is, or to the focal length, a FF/35mm or APS-C lens becomes when attached to a m/4/3rds body? I'm guessing that changing the settings so that the body thinks you have a longer lens than you actually have, may well make the IS work harder? If that is the case, then this might offer unexpected benefits.
  9. lchien

    lchien Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 7, 2014
    The difference between a FF lens and a M43 lens is that the M43 lens does not have to throw as large an image to cover the sensor... the image circle is smaller, THe focal length behave exactly the same in terms of field of view hitting the M43 sensor, the camera cannot distinguish the difference. Thus the IS lens focal length should be that of the lens no matter what its original crop factor use might have been.

    In other words the image thrown by a 85mm FullFrame manual focus lens on an M43 sensor should be identical to the image thrown on the same sensor by a M43 specific 85mm lens. The only difference is that the M43 lens will communicate its focal length electronically to the camera body and the manual lens must be set in by the user.
    I'm virctually certain that the IS focal length requested by the camera is the actual FL and not the equivalent on a FF camera FL.
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  10. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
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    Always use the actual FL.
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