Samyang XP 85mm 1.2 Review

Razor sharp – hardly any other word could describe the Samyang XP 85mm 1.2 better!

This fine piece of glass is perfect for weddings, coupleshoots and portraits sessions.

So today I would like to introduce you to this lens and i will show you, that you can do more with a 85mm lens than just portraits.

Look and feel

Yes, the lens is a real beauty and comes in an awesome build-quality! Once in your hands, you realize how much love Samyang has been put into this lens during development and production.

The focus ring of the 85mm XP 1.2 is extremely good to operate and can be moved extremely accurately.
Nothing rattles, everything is solid and looks extremely luxurious! With 87mm filter diameter, you can imagine that the Samyang 85mm XP 1.2 has a decent size. However, it is still quite a lightweight compared to the size.

The Samyang XP 85mm 1.2
compared in size to the Canon EF 85mm 1.8 USM

Optical performance

[singlestroke_side_background image=”4941″][/singlestroke_side_background]Made for 50 megapixels – that really says it all. A crisp working device – that offers extreme sharpness at f/1.2 from the center to the corners!
It’s sharper than my Canon 135mm 2.0, sharper than my Sigma 50mm 1.4 art lens and delivers excellent picture quality and gorgeous bokeh on all my cameras (70D / 5D Mark II / 6D / 5D Mark IV) !

Manual focus

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If there was an autofocus on the 85mm XP 1.2 it shurely would be THE lens for all sorts of portraits. But it is an manual focus lens. So you have to realize that you can use this lens to shoot wide open only in very controlled situations. If you know how and when to use this lens, the Samyang 85mm XP 1.2 will reward you with fantastic pictures!
When you’re using a 5D Mark II or a 6D and replace the standard focusing screen against a high-sensitivity manual focusing screen (EG-S), the manual focus works really well.
I believe that the Samyang XP 85mm 1.2 adapted on a Sony Alpha 7RII(or III) with FocusPeaking really is THE lens for portraits. PERIOD!


A lens with an extreme optical performance and a fantastic bokeh! If you like to focus manually and focus on portraits with f/1.2, then you will enjoy the Samyang XP 85mm 1.2!

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4 Comments zu Samyang XP 85mm 1.2 Review

  1. Michael J Parker July 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Mine is on a 6d with magic lantern focus peaking. I used firmware 1.1.6 for the 6d. I havn’t had the chance to shoot alot with it but yes its awesome. I also have a 135 f2 canon and will compare shortly in depth. Did a little bit of testing vs 135 f2 and they seem to be pretty close wide open(sharpness, bokeh, etc)

  2. mike August 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    i use mine with 6d w magic lantern focus peaking. its awesome

  3. Tobi February 8, 2020 at 5:27 am

    You need to test the xp 50 1.2 – it is my favorite of the line. It seems like they are now available in Europe again. Had to get my copy from outside EU.

    Overall, highly underrated lens line )at least in Europe.

    1. Maxim (Stephan Forstmann) February 10, 2020 at 9:58 am

      Hi, actually i had the chance and testef the XP 50mm 1.2. It is a beast and is sharp as a razorblade. But I found it too heavy and bulky to use for wedding photography. But it is really a cool lens and it is awesome for video!


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