Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC NIKON (AE)

This is Nikon AE (Auto Exposure) version of the Samyang 85mm and features an electronic circuit / CPU which allows for full control of exposure parameters accessible from Nikon Digital SLR cameras, including i-TTL flash communication with EXIF data. All exposure parameters are stored in the cameras RAW / jpeg EXIF. data, for future reference. For other versions including Canon please see here.

This latest Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC Aspherical Lenses in Nikon AE also feature new UMC (Ultra Multi Coatings) which aid the very high level of light transmission, and adds further resistance to flare and ghosting. Otherwise optically these Nikon versions are the same as the other versions of Samyang 85mm f1.4 lenses.

The 85mm f1.4 lenses are manual focus primes, designed to give exceptional results at wide apertures. At f1.4 great images can be obtained, which is perfect for portraiture and low light shooting, particularly when mounted on a full frame Nikon DSLR such as the D3, D800, D700 etc.
The Samyang 85mm is also suited to cropped sensors, including APS-C / DX sensors, when used on a Nikon DSLR cameras such as the D7000 it gives approximately 120mm focal length equivalent. Coupled with the fast f1.4 aperture gives an excellent portrait lens for tighter head shots or working from a distance with cropped sensor cameras, or for shooting in various low light conditions.

The bokeh (the character of the out-of-focus blur) is a primary concern for professionals choosing an ultra large aperture lens for shallow depth-of-field photography. The Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens design offers excellent bokeh quality of out-of-focus highlights when used near wide open such as at f/1.4 and f/2. Independent tests and users confirm the Samyang's beautiful bokeh character, surpassing lenses 4 times the price.

The lens optical construction comprises of 9 lenses divided into 7 optical groups with one aspheric lens element. The Samyang 85mm is designed with internal focusing (IF) meaning the lens does not increase in size when focusing. A further positive aspect to internal focusing is that the lens is much less likely to get dust inside, as opposed to external focusing (or zooming) lenses which can suck in dirt during use. The 8 bladed aperture design aids a great bokeh character at near wide open apertures.

The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC feature the new Ultra Multi Coated lenses which aid the very high level of light transmission, and added resistance to flare and ghosting.

It features a good sized manual focus ring and is perfectly adapted to most photographic applications (exclusive of sports or fast moving subjects) where manual focus is not an issue. Accurate for focus critical situations can be achieved through use of focusing in live view mode, available to most newer camera models. In practice users including professional photographers have found manual focus of the Samyang 85mm not to be an issue, even shooting at f1.4 with a very shallow depth of field in low light scenarios with static and slow moving subjects accurate focus can be achieved giving excellent results thought the image on full frame cameras.

There are also increasing numbers of users using DSLRs for filming and High Definition (HD) video and manual focus lenses allows the user to alter focus during filming.

The Samyang 85 mm f1.4 lens should be a serious consideration to all professional or amateur photographers requiring a fast prime lens, regardless of budget. When the low cost of the lens is considered it should not be overlooked for amateur use, or as a primary or secondary lens for professionals wanting a dedicated, high performing f/1.4 portrait lens.

Supplied with front and rear lens caps, lens hood and a soft lens pouch. Filter size 72mm

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC NIKON (AE)


ManufacturerSamyang Optics
Model85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC NIKON (AE)
Lens typeShort telephoto prime lens
Focal length85 mm
Maximum aperturef1.4
Min aperturef/22
Angle of view28.5 deg (18.9 deg for APS-C/DX)
Min focusing distance1m
No. of diaphragm blades8
Focus typeMF (Manual Focus only)
Lens construction9 elements / 7 groups / 1 aspherical lens
Dimensions78mm x 72.2mm
Weight~ 513
Filter Size:72mm
Available mountsNikon (AE)

Whats in the box?

Supplied with front and rear lens caps, detachable lens hood and a soft lens pouch.


Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens test / reviews

85mm f1.4 Review - Dom Bower of Dombowerphoto

Low Light Street Photography - Dom Bower of Dombowerphoto (YouTube link)

Sharpness and vignetting on full frame Nikon D700 (YouTube link)