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Samyang XP 85 mm f/1.2

11 April 2017
Maciej Latałło

10. Focusing


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As it befits a good manual lens, the Samyang features a comfortable focus ring which works properly well. Its range amounts to 200 degrees but a shallow depth of field, provided by the tested lens, makes you sometimes wish that value was actually closer to 300 degrees. The producer didn’t make the life of photographers easier by adding any DOF scale. It is a bit strange – the rival Mitakon not only has such a scale but also its marks include even f/2.0.

Samyang XP 85 mm f/1.2 - Focusing

As we’ve already said, the combination of full frame, the 85 mm focal length and f/1.2 produces a very shallow depth of field. You have to have a lot of experience with manual lenses to deal with it efficiently. A short focusing screen in a viewfinder would be also advisable or a focus peaking option, if you manage to attach the Samyang to a camera which features such a functionality.