Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC VDSLR Lens - WOW

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I may just turn into a Bokeh junky yet......

A new Samyang 85mm T1.5 cine lens arrived on Thursday (in EF mount) and of course the speed booster has not yet arrived so I got a straight EF-mFT adapter shipped overnight so I could test this out.

I read a lot of comments about big and heavy, well against a O 45mm it is but it's nearly the same as the 12-60 i have mounted normally so feels natural on the E-M1

Here it is on the E-M1 with grip
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The next three photos are all shot under LED downlights in my office and all WIDE open at T1.5

Here's Sheldon sitting on top of and in the middle of the pair of 24" LED screens, it's quite clear where the focal plain is...
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The circular green dot in this one is from the green power led on the canon inkjet printer about three feet behind sheldon...
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In the air plant parrot shot below there is a line from the left leg going to the right.... it's actually a very fine spider web thread that was invisible to the naked eye. the cutting mat gives a very clear view of the shallow DOF.
I think the background is smoothly blurred
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I think i need to order a variable ND filter to allow me to use this wide open in sunlight. Actually i'm now super keen for the speed booster to arrive :)
 

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It sounds like you might be let down if you plan on using it with your E-M1.

http://www.43rumors.com/possible-issue-on-the-e-m1-and-e-m5-with-the-new-metabones-canon-ef-adapter/
That's OK as i'm not planning to use the metabones one.... don't need the electronics for the Samyang. I have a chinese version slow boating it, happy with the FD version I have.

Just to add;
I was concerned the geared rings may have been hard on the hands, well I should not have worried. The focus and aperture rings are silky smooth and the gear rings just provide a reassuring grip and even one finger operation. Need some daylight tomorrow to shoot some more images.
 

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That's OK as i'm not planning to use the metabones one.... don't need the electronics for the Samyang. I have a chinese version slow boating it, happy with the FD version I have.
Good to hear. I'm still surprised about the Metabones one, considering it costs plenty.
 

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Had a bit more time to play with this lens today.
As referenced by various reviews the lens hood itself feels cheap and doesn't really click onto place, it is functional and I haven't yet knocked it off. The 72mm filter threads feel like they may be easy to cross thread so I've ordered a UV filter to go on the front.
The lens itself feels like a tank but handles really smoothly.

Some more photos..... no cropping just resize to my nominal 2560 for flickr
Ball of wool, about 6 feet away under LED downlight and at T1.5
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Today added a couple of extension tubes and went looking for a small flower. The little purple flower is 10mm across, no cropping of the images. The tubes brought the min focal distance down from 3 feet to about 15"
It will never win prizes as a macro lens but sharpened right up around F4 or maybe it was the DOF got deep enough to deal with hand held. These were all shot effectively hand held, I didn't want to get the tripod out.
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and a 100% crop from one of them
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Another couple of flower shots, still with extension tubes. getting 46mm of view across the frame, not sure what this works out as magnification ratio.

These were shot using the tripod and 2 sec delay, lens stopped down to get a decent dof

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When you find time post some more photos with the Mitakon speed booster, and if you want some comments from the combination.
 

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Still seeking a portrait person, have taken a few and very happy but none I can throw online, instead here's a couple I took last night. Both handheld and from memory fairly wide if not fully open. Both with the speed booster on.
Both say a lot for the EM-1 5 axis stabilisation as well.
This one was 1/20th @ 5000ISO and despite the blue in the shy this was effectively fully dark with just town street lights
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Essentially the same spot looking the other way, 1/50th second. I like the bokeh.
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The blue parrot was right at the back of a tree and i was shooting through branches.
We were at a free flight aviary so these are people aware birds, the rainbow lorikeets being very friendly, I had thrown the Samyang onto the EM1 just to give it a test run
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Is that wide open Phil?
Hasse,

Far from it, unfortunately I couldn't tell you what it was as I didn't look, just wound the aperture closed till I had the DOF I wanted for the shot. I know there is one nearly wide open still in the camera, give me a few hours and i'll post it for comparison.
Every time I pull this lens out and use it I love it just a little bit more,
That photo was taken in a darkened shed, no flash, the front of the train is light mainly by a couple of the LED's.
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Ok, not quite the same angle, sorry didn't have a wide open from above,
Both shots had the focal reducer mounted, this shot would have been just off wide open. Despite the difference in angle the DOF difference is quite clear.
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Yeah sorry mate - I asked a dumb question. The dof should have given it away. #2 seems to have nice detail even if close to wide open.
 

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Yeah sorry mate - I asked a dumb question. The dof should have given it away. #2 seems to have nice detail even if close to wide open.
:smile: not really a dumb question per se, It does get soft absolutely wide open similar to classic portrait lenses, but as you can see sharpens up only just closed a little to T2.0 and with the focal reducer we have the light gathering still of T1.5. and the bokeh I think is creamy smooth

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