2022-07-28 08:00Press release

New: The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II for the Sony E-mount

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II

The Transcontinenta Group, distributor for Samyang in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, introduces the 2nd generation of Samyang's most popular lens: the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II for Sony E-mount cameras.

Samyang Optics celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, the company introduces the second generation of several popular AF lenses. Samyang has used the technology and knowledge gained over the years to significantly improve the performance of this new generation of lenses. The AF 50mm F1.4 FE II and AF 35mm F1.4 FE II were previously introduced and now the AF 85mm F1.4 FE is also entering the scene. A lens that has been very popular with Sony photographers since 2016.

Outstanding image quality and unique bokeh

The 4 HR (High Refractive) and 1 ED (Extra Low Dispersive) elements of this new AF 85mm F1.4 FE II deliver outstanding contrast and detail. Sharpness in the centre of the image is even better than competitive lenses of similar range and maximum aperture. Samyang's advanced coating ensures razor-sharp images in even the most challenging lighting conditions. The coating on the AF 85mm F1.4 FE II also provides an improved Color Contribution Index (CCI), meaning colours are reproduced as naturally as possible. The improvement in image quality does not stop there. The AF 85mm F1.4 FE II is the only FE mount lens that does not include an aspherical element. Aspherical elements are used to improve optical performance but have the disadvantage of creating 'onion rings' in the background blur, or bokeh. By not using these elements, the bokeh is calm, soft and dreamy.

Optimised for photo and videography

The AF 85mm F1.4 FE II features Samyang's Linear Stepping Motor (STM). It has the power to enable fast, precise and silent autofocus and autofocus tracking. This allows you to get the most out of the advanced autofocus features that Sony E-Mount camera’s offers. Unlike the first AF 85mm F1.4 FE, this new AF 85mm F1.4 FE II is not only optimized for photography, but also for video. The STM autofocus is quiet and produces no vibration. Autofocus tracking of subjects is fast and smooth with minimal focus breathing. The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II therefore offers both photographers and filmmakers even more control over their sharpness.

Improved ease of use

The ease of use of the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II has also been improved over its predecessor. This new lens features a programmable Focus Hold button and Custom Switch. The Focus Hold button locks the AF focus at the automatically set distance. Via the menu of the Sony camera, it is also possible to assign other functions, such as Eye-AF, to the Focus Hold button. The Custom Switch is standardly programmed to be able to set the aperture of the lens. When shooting or filming in autofocus mode, you can adjust the aperture with the focus ring after pressing the Custom Switch. With the Samyang Lens Station, you can also assign other functions to this Switch. This new lens meets the strict requirements that professional photographers and videographers place on their lenses. Both in terms of image quality and ease of use.

Unique features
  • Weighs only 509g
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Beautiful bokeh due to aspherical elements omitted
  • Fast and silent autofocus for still and video
  • Focus Hold button
  • Custom switch
  • Short 0.85m minimum focus distance for beautiful close-up shots
Price and availability

The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II is now available from official Samyang dealers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The recommended retail price is € 799,99 including VAT.

About Transcontinenta Group

The Transcontinenta Group is one of the best value added distributors in Western Europe. We are a privately owned company and established in 1992 in the Netherlands. The Transcontinenta Group has offices in The Netherlands, Germany, and the UK. From there we distribute well-known and leading brands in the field of photography, video, sport optics and mobile connectivity. The wide range of brands and products we represent enables us to position them in a wide range of markets. From the novice amateur, professional photo studio to museums and government.


Eric de Jonge
Eric de Jonge
Rob van Keulen
Rob van Keulen