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Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II | Autofocus, full frame, fast aperture, telephoto lens - Sony FE Mount


AF 85mm F1.4 FE II

Autofocus, full frame, fast aperture, telephoto lens - Sony FE Mount

Product Code: SAMYANG8032

Suggested Retail Price £639+VAT

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ePHOTOzine review

So, a beautiful lens for portraits, a precisely rectilinear lens for architecture, a whisper-quiet operation for videography, a fast maximum aperture for low light shooting, and we have a lovely optic that has to be an Editor's Choice

Review by John Riley
Goto review
  • Autofocus, full frame, fast aperture, telephoto lens - Sony FE Mount
  • Delivers precise, fast, quiet and accurate autofocus
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Clean & beautiful bokeh
  • Weather-sealed


  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.85m
  • Filter Size: 72mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F1.4
  • Minimum Aperture: F16
  • Mount Type: Sony FE
  • No. Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Weather Proof: Yes

Outstanding Centre Resolution

The 4 HR (High Refractive) and 1 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements of the new AF 85mm F1.4 FE II provide a stunning contrast and resolution, and its centre resolution is superior to other telephoto lenses. Samyang's advanced coating technology not only maintains excellent image sharpness even in poor lighting conditions it also provides a clearer image with an improved Colour Contribution Index (CCI).

Faster, Precise, Quiet Auto Focus Performance

Samyang’s Linear Stepping Motor (STM) provides the high-thrust efficiency needed for fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking, thus maximizing the advantages of Sony E-Mount cameras. Compared to the previous AF 85mm F1.4 FE, the new AF 85mm F1.4 FE II is optimized not only for photo shooting, but also video shooting by minimizing vibration and noise. Samyang's Linear STM satisfies both photographers and videographers with quieter and more accurate control of the focusing lens groups.

Delivers Extremely Clean & Beautiful Bokeh

The AF 85mm F1.4 FE II is the only FE mount lens that does not feature even a single aspherical glass. If an aspherical glass is used to improve optical performance, it will typically cause an onion ring effect in the bokeh. Since the AF 85mm F1.4 FE II has no aspherical glass in its elements, it has clear and beautiful bokeh.

Enhanced Operability and Reliability

Important customisation features of the AF 85mm F1.4 FE II include the Focus Hold Button and Custom Switch:

  1. Focus Hold Button
    Pressing this button on the lens will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. You can assign functions such as Eye AF in settings on the camera body.
  2. Custom Switch
    There is a custom switch, which can be set to allow adjustment of the aperture silently, by rotating the focus ring. Using the optional Lens Station, you can set up the mode to suit your own preference*.
    (*More functions will be added through firmware updates in the future)

Short Minimum Focal Distance 0.85m (2.79ft)

The minimum focal distance is just 85cm (2.79ft), making the lens perfect for all portraits from close up headshots to full body images while isolating the subject from background with the wide F1.4 aperture.

Modern Design & Weather-Sealing

The AF 85mm F1.4 FE II has been developed and enhanced taking into consideration not only the design but also the user's shooting environment. It has a micro-patterned rubber focus ring, which feels great to operate and the weather-sealing (in 7 areas) protects the lens from light rain, snow and dust.

Picture Paw-fect Photography

Pet and animal photography is a growing popular niche within the photography community and beyond. It now ranges from beautiful portraits from specialist photographers such as Alyssa Zalabai using professional equipment including Samyang prime lenses to capturing your very own furry friend on your phone to add to your own Instagram feed. 

Smaller, Lighter, Faster | The second-generation Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II

The recently announced second generation of Samyang’s AF 85mm F1.4 FE II is an upgrade of the AF 85mm F1.4 FE a lens loved by many since Samyang began its AF series back in 2016. Released in their 50th Anniversary year, the AF 85mm F1.4 FE II showcases how far they've come with superior optical performance in a small and lightweight lens with enhanced AF technology and user convenience. Containing 4HR and 1 ED glass elements alongside a linear STM motor, optical performance is maximised whilst AF is faster, quieter and more accurate!

Holdan at the Photography Show

The Photography Show runs from 17th to 20th September at the NEC Birmingham and showcases over 250 imaging brands with masterclasses, seminars, and live demos from professionals in the industry.

Samyang Unveils Its New 85mm F1.4 Auto Focus Prime Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang Optics, a global optical brand distributed exclusively by Holdan in UK and Ireland, announces the new AF 85mm F1.4 FE II lens, designed for Sony E-Mount full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras.

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