In terms of price, the Samyang Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 AF is the first 85mm lens in the FE catalogue to compete on an an equal footing with Sony’s own 85mm f/1.8 lens. Both cost in the region of $600 US, making them more affordable than the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 (which currently retails for around $900 US) and the expensive Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM.
The main difference between them, of course, is that the Samyang Rokinon lens has a marginally faster aperture than the Sony lens – an appealing characteristic given that it is first and foremost a portrait lens. This raises the question of whether it is worth considering the Sony lens at all if you can have a faster aperture at the same price by opting for Samyang’s alternative. In this comparison, our goal is to provide you with the answer!