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Samyang XP 85 mm f/1.2

11 April 2017
Maciej Latałło

6. Distortion

The chart below presents distortion results of fast full frame 85 mm lenses we have tested so far.


Samyang
1.2/85
Mitakon
1.2/85
Zeiss
Otus 1.4/85
Sigma
A 1.4/85
Nikkor
1.4/85G
Samyang
1.4/85
Canon
1.2/85
APS-C/DX
+0.17%
−0.19%
+0.06%
+0.03%
−0.19%
−0.11%
−0.28%
FF
+0.27%
−0.70%
−0.04%
+0.02%
−0.41%
−0.43%
−1.03%

It is clear that, with negligible pincushion distortion amounting to just +0.17% on the APS-C/DX sensor and +0.27% on full frame, the Samyang fares the best in the class of 1.2/85 lenses. If you add 1.4/85 models to that group you see that some of them, especially these newer ones, could have had better results. It’s worth emphasizing, though, that this victory is just theoretical and looks well only in a chart. Distortion levels presented by the tested Samyang and its rivals are so low that they remain unnoticeably in real life photos anyway. Still the tested lens should be praised for its performance in this category.

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Canon 50D, 85 mm
Samyang XP 85 mm f/1.2 - Distortion
Canon 5D MkIII, 85 mm
Samyang XP 85 mm f/1.2 - Distortion