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Samyang 85mm T1.5 VDSLR II Sony E Mount


  • Covers full-frame 35mm sensors
  • Great for Sony Alpha cameras - A7s II, A7s, A7R II
  • Manual Focus and Aperture Geared Rings
  • Fast T1.5 aperture - great for low light shooting
  • 9 elements / 7 groups / 1 aspherical lens

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Exc VAT Price £270.83
Inc VAT Price £325.00
Cat no. SAMYANG-7817

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The new Samyang 85mm T1.5 VDSLR Mark II version features a revised placement of the focus and aperture gearing, so all newest lenses have the gearing in the same place for convenience on rigs and professional follow focus systems.

The Samyang 85mm T1.5 is a manual focus prime lens, this VDSLR (Video DSLR) version has been developed primarily for professional cine / movie making purposes. The VDSLR version feature follow focus gearing and decoupled aperture, which allow the user to smoothly and quietly change focus and aperture / depth of field whist filming, and link to professional follow focus cam systems.

The Samyang VDSLR Cine lenses are rated in T-Stops rather than F-stops which is the standard for professional movie camera lenses. F-stop number expresses the speed of the lens on the assumption that lens transmits 100% of the incident light, and therefore is theoretical rather than a real world measurement. The T-number expresses the actual light transmission, and thus is accurate for exposure purposes. It is also worth noting that the Samyang lenses achieve excellent transmissions properties.

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 T1.5 lens design offers excellent bokeh quality of out-of-focus highlights when used near wide open, perfect for film and cine applications. Independent tests and users confirm the Samyang's beautiful bokeh character, surpassing lenses 4 times the price.

The lens optical construction is the same as the 85mm f1.4 lens comprising 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 T1.5 IF MC features 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.

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ManufacturerSamyang Optics
Model85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC VDSLR II
Lens typeShort telephoto prime lens
Focal length85mm
Maximum apertureT1.5
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
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