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08-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #16
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LensTip tends to include some comparisons to similar lenses in their review text. Highlights from their review of the Samyang 85mm f/1.4...

Samyang 85 mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF review - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Build quality: "The quality of materials doesn’t quite live up to the Zeiss Planar 1.4/85, but it isn’t displeasing. "

Resolution: "This result surpasses both the Nikkor and the Zeiss, whose images at maximum aperture were very ‘soft’."

I have this lens, and I have what I think is better advice than worry about whether to upgrade to Zeiss - if you don't have a precision matte focus screen in place of the factory one, you should get one. I recommend the "S Type" (derived from the Canon EE-S focus screen), for instance if you have a K-5 I'd recommend this:

Focusing Screen

It will make the number of 'keepers' you get at f/1.4 a lot higher, and your life easier.

08-21-2013, 07:46 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by nater Quote
....- if you don't have a precision matte focus screen in place of the factory one, you should get one. I recommend the "S Type" (derived from the Canon EE-S focus screen), for instance if you have a K-5 I'd recommend this:

Focusing Screen

It will make the number of 'keepers' you get at f/1.4 a lot higher, and your life easier.
1+ for the above. I primarily use MF lenses. The S-type focus screen made a huge difference in being able to MF my VL58 and ZK85. The latter, which is the context of discussion, is heavy, and possibly over-constructed to last a few life-times. As long as there is a camera to take its mount, it will be usable by the next generation. To boot, the focus ring turns incredibly smoothly and predictably. Each time I thought of selling this for the FA77 or even the Sigma 85, I take it out for a spin, and I land up discarding the idea of selling.

I realize, as feeble humans, we take pleasure in what we have for shorter periods of time than we should. Sad, but true for most of us. Its easy to think that the next thing round the corner is going to make you happier, when you have not givven justice to what you own. Unless I really, really really need to, I will try not to sell this, but instead, pass this on to my kids who I hope can enjoy this hobby as much as I do.

Too much of philosophizing, I guess. Regardless what you get, focus on getting the pleasure of its use.
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