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03-12-2017, 02:12 PM   #1
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Samy 85 vs 135mm

Simply put, if you could choose between the Samyang 85mm f1.4 and the 135mm f2, which one would be your choice? (On Aps-c)


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It depends upon your focal length preference. I have the 85 f 1.4, and it is a great portraiture lens.
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135mm f2 any day of the week. Sharp as hell but it doesn't have a clinical feel. Probably one of the best lenses in their entire lineup.

Focal length isn't everyone's cup of tea though. It's on my must buy list when I'm not struggling for cash.
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The 135/2 is an amazing lens on my K-1. Can't get enough of it.

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The lens would be used on a K70
as i understand based on some research
85 -> Less sharp, more usable focal length, more compact, better in very low light
135 -> Very sharp, less usable focal length, bigger, slighltly smaller max apperture
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tigs Quote
The lens would be used on a K70
as i understand based on some research
85 -> Less sharp, more usable focal length, more compact, better in very low light
135 -> Very sharp, less usable focal length, bigger, slighltly smaller max apperture
Well, the "usable focal length" part is a myth - you should use what the shot suggests. And the appreciable difference in focal length means you need both lenses, anyway.

And, it depends on what other lenses you have, and what you like to shoot, and what your audience is.
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At APS-C I might go towards 85mm as it is 1 stop faster and i love 135mm equivalent.

However, Samy 135mm seems to be a top notch glass and it is not unheard of me to shoot headshots at 200mm aps-c. It is a matter of preference and working space.
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The Sammy 135/2 is sharp wide open. The 85 1.4 is soft and fuzzy wide open (at least my 2 copies were). I'd go for the 135 again in a heartbeat..

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Both focal lengths are extremely useful. There is a reason why everyone has a 70-200mm lens in their line up - it's full of useful focal lengths.

135mm F2 is supposed to be the better lens, but it is more pricey. If that didn't matter, I would go for the 135.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tigs Quote
Simply put, if you could choose between the Samyang 85mm f1.4 and the 135mm f2, which one would be your choice? (On Aps-c)
I prefer 135mm on FF and 85mm on APS-C.
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Depends on use case, but the 135/2 is the more modern of the two, and as such technically the superior. The 85/1.4 is one of the older Samyang designs, which doesn't make it bad, but less sharp wide open. OTOH, this makes the 85/1.4 a better portrait lens from a IQ perspective.

Which FoV you prefer is very personal.

For portrait, between those two I would prefer 85mm any time; actually 85mm is even on the long extreme end for portrait on APS-C for me. But I know many people who prefer even longer for portrait, i.e. the range between 135mm and 200mm. To each their own I guess...

If you are into astro photography, there's no doubt the 135mm is the one you should go for. Better range and excellent wide open at f/2.

Obviously 135mm falls short of a typical wildlife FoV, though even for wildlife photography 135mm is nice to capture "wider" scenes, showing animals interacting with other animals and their environment, without reducing them to pixel size (which can be the case with a more standard FoV).

My personal choice has been the 135mm. I don't even own a 85mm, though I used to have a FA*85/1.4. However, I sold it after I got the FA77/1.8 limited which has a better FoV for my personal style in the 50mm-100mm range. For the same reason I sold my 90mm marco lens, replacing it by both longer (Sigma EX180/3.5) and shorter (FA50/2.8 and HD35/2.8) options. 135mm to me is a good moderate tele focal length, i.e. exactly what I need to capture details, for which I often find sub-100mm still slightly too wide (and in need of cropping).

In any case: YMMV

hth, Wim
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