Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC for Pentax tested at DxOMark

Rokinon 85mm f:1.4 AS IF UMC Lens for Pentax K
Samyang 85mm f:1.4 AS IF UMC lens for Pentax review
Today DxOMark published their test results for the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens for Pentax mount ($269):

Samyang 85mm f:1.4 AS IF UMC for Pentax tested at DxOMark
DxOMark’s conclusion:

“Reasonably-priced and sharp when stopped down a little, the Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC looks like a bargain. However, its popularity will be limited by the stopped-down metering, though the viewfinder will still be reasonably bright at f/2.8 and f/4, of course. Autofocus isn’t offered either, and as it lacks any means of data exchange between the body, there’s no record of the shooting aperture, which can be disconcerting when looking back at images. Providing those shortcomings can be overlooked, there’s no real reason not to like this model. It offers great image quality at a very reasonable price.”

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  • Jeffry De Meyer

    12Mpix seems a bit low

    • Glorfindelrb

      Not really, this score is really sensor dependent and 12 is not bad for APS-C sensors. 70Limited scores 11P-MPix with K3 and is quite sharp. I’ll will get a good score in P-MPix once on FF and still be a 270$ lens !

  • Mistral75

    They should sometimes re-read what they write:

    like the others (except the Nikon-mount option), the Pentax-mount
    version requires stopped-down metering (and with that, closing the lens
    to the shooting aperture) and lacks any data bus connections, so the
    camera cannot record any EXIF data (such as the aperture setting).

    However, its popularity will be limited by the stopped-down metering (…).

    There is absolutely no need for stop-down metering since all Samyang lenses in Pentax K mount, including the one used for testing par DxOMark, have an ‘A’ setting on the aperture ring allowed by the K mount mechanical aperture lever. The aperture can therefore be controlled on the camera.

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