Samyang unveils new AF 85mm F1.4 Lens for Canon RF Mount

Samyang / Rokinon has introduced the latest AF 85mm F1.4 RF Lens for Canon RF mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. It will force you to think twice before going for an expensive short telephoto prime lens. Featuring bright aperture, outstanding bokeh quality, sharp image, and fast & accurate autofocus, the new AF 85mm F1.4 RF is a great compact lens to consider for portrait photography.

Samyang / Rokinon initially started with very affordable 14mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 “manual focus” lenses for Canon RF full-frame mirrorless cameras. Eventually, the company launched an “autofocus” version (AF 14mm F2.8 RF) of the 14mm F2.8 lens which turned out to be the world’s first 14mm autofocus lens for Canon RF mount.

After almost 8 months, now Samyang / Rokinon is announcing the “autofocus” version (AF 85mm F2.8 RF) of the 85mm F1.4 lens. At such a low price, this lens offers the best bang for the buck.

Features | Samyang / Rokinon AF 85mm F2.8 RF Lens for Canon RF Mount

Optical Performance

The new Samyang / Rokinon AF 85mm F2.8 RF lens features 11 lens elements in 8 groups, with 4 high-refractive (HR) optics and an extra low-dispersion (ED) lens. The special lens elements ensure outstanding edge-to-edge image sharpness & contrast. One of the most common issues that ED lens addresses is chromatic aberration.

Contributing to the optics, the wide f/1.4 maximum aperture helps the latest AF 85mm F2.8 RF to gather enough light to perform exceptionally well under low light. Moreover, it provides an astonishing shallow depth of field. With 9 aperture blades, the lens provides a circular bokeh effect that looks both beautiful and natural.


The new Samyang / Rokinon AF 85mm F2.8 RF equips a DLSM (Dual Linear Sonic Motor) that is responsible for silent autofocus operations. Other than that, the DLSM autofocus mechanism greatly helps for quick and accurate autofocus results.

AF 85mm F2.8 RF also comes with an AF/MF switch that will help you to quickly toggle between autofocus and manual focus.

Special Lens Coating & Construction

This lens features Samyang’s Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) followed by Ion-Beam Sputtering (IBS). As a benefit, the lens is able to perform exceptionally well under high contrast environments. UMC coating also minimizes flare and ghosting effects in order to produce crisp and clear images.

In terms of build, the new Samyang / Rokinon AF 85mm F2.8 RF mount lens features a compact design supporting aluminum construction. Because it is weatherproof, you can take this lens out under unsuitable weather conditions without having to worry about dust or moisture.

This new 85mm autofocus lens is less than 10 cm in length and weighs 582 grams without lens cap & hood.

Price & Availability

The latest AF 85mm F2.8 RF is available to pre-order at a price of $699 USD.

Samyang / Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 RF Specifications

Samyang / Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 RF
MountCanon RF
Focal Length85mm
Aperture Rangef/1.4 – f/16
Lens Optics11 Lens Elements in 8 Groups
Special Lens4x HR (high-refractive)
1x ED (extra low-dispersion)
Aperture Blades9
Minimum Focusing Distance0.90 m (2.95 ft)
Maximum maginification ratiox 0.11
Filter sizeΦ 77.0
Maximum diameterΦ 88.0
Angle of ViewFull Frame: 28.9˚
APS-C: 19.1˚
AF/MF Mode SwitchYes
Autofocus MotorLSM
Weather SealingYes
Length99.5 mm
Weight582 g
Price$699 USD
Specifications for Samyang / Rokinon’s new 85mm f/1.4 (Canon RF mount) autofocus lens

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