Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM Review (for Canon RF)

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Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF). increase.

Navigation

  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Appearance
  4. All lenses from Yongnuo
  5. Main Specifications
  6. Assembly
  7. Focusing
  8. Firmware Upgrade
  9. Image quality
  10. Sample Photos
  11. My experience
  12. All Canon RF Lenses and Cameras
  13. All autofocus 85s
  14. Price
  15. Video review
  16. Results
  17. User Comments
  18. Add your review or question on the lens

In this review, I will refer to the Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM for short. YN 85 / 1.8R... Firmware version of lens used V1.2.0 for 03.08.2021.

Here on the site there is already a review of the lens Yongnuo 85mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S for cameras with mount Sony E... This review will largely repeat review of the lens for Sony E / FE mount... Main differences between versions ''S'and' R ':

  1. different date of announcement, version 'R' is one year newer
  2. the 'R' version has an 'O' shaped rubber protective seal for bayonetthat didn’t have 'S'versions
  3. version 'S' It has programmable button 'Fn', this button was taken from the 'R' version
  4. the 'R' version has new switch FOCUS / CONTROL / CLICK
  5. the 'R' version has a slightly different design body, there is a dark brown strip on the side of the bayonet, imitating the design Genuine Canon RF Lenses
  6. the 'R' version has a problem with an awkward lens hood. The hood is now fixed more pleasantly
  7. in the 'R' version, the diaphragm works quietly and without lag
  8. the 'R' version focuses a little faster
  9. version 'R' a little more expensive
  10. the 'R' versions are slightly heavier (more metal is used in the body)
Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

In short

YN 85 / 1.8R is the first lens from Ynlens (Yongnuo) for Canon mirrorless cameras with a full-frame sensor and RF mount.

The YN 85 / 1.8R is a short telephoto lens, commonly referred to as the 'classic portrait' focal length. Internal auto focus, quiet and fast focusing step motor. Everything works without problems. Optically not bad, in the center of the frame it is sharp already from F / 1.8 (without any reservations), only perceptible chromatic aberration make themselves felt.

YN 85 / 1.8R - designed to compete with the original Canon Lens RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STMas well as with the original lens Canon EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM paired with with adapter EF-> RF... Cost so far significantly higherthan a similar lens from Yongnuo for the Sony E system: Yongnuo 85mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S and is at the level 400 dollars.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

History

The lens was officially announced May 2021 of the year.

YN 85 / 1.8R is first lens from Yongnuo company for Canon full-frame mirrorless system with Canon RF mount.

In July 2021 it was officially announced another lens for Canon RF: Yongnuo YnLens YN35mm F2R DF DSM.

Very important: YN 85 / 1.8R has nothing to do with lenses Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 for Nikon F mount SLR cameras и Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 for Canon EF mount SLR cameras... YN 85 / 1.8R belongs to the new line of Yongnuo Ynlens lenses and is built on a completely different optical scheme.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)


Appearance

This is what the lens looks like and the box it comes in. In some pictures, he is shown along with Yongnuo YnLens YN35mm F2R DF DSM.



All Yongnuo Lenses

Bayonet mount Sony FE (mirrorless full frame):

  1. Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 DF DSM S [review] [+]
  2. Yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S [review] [+]
  3. Canon EF -> Sony E adapter (version II) [aliexpres] [+]
  4. Adapter Canon EF -> Sony E (version I) [manufacturer's site]

Bayonet mount Canon rf (mirrorless full frame):

  1. Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 DF DSM R [review] [+]
  2. Yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM R [review] [+]

Bayonet mount Sony E (mirrorless APS-C):

  1. Yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 DA DSM S [review] [+]

For the system Micro 4 / 3:

  1. Yongnuo 25 mm 1: 1.7 [review] [+]
  2. Yongnuo 42.5 mm 1: 1.7 [review]
  3. Yongnuo 42.5 mm 1:1.7 II [overview] [+]
  4. camera Yongnuo YN455 Micro 4/3 systems [announce]
  5. camera Yongnuo YN450 Micro 4/3 systems [manufacturer's site]

Bayonet mount Nikon f (mirrored full frame):

  1. Yongnuo 14 mm 1: 2.8 [overview] [+]
  2. Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 [overview] [+]
  3. Yongnuo 40 mm 1: 2.8 [overview]
  4. Yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 [review] [+]
  5. Yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.4 E [overview]
  6. Yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO MF [overview]
  7. Yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 [overview]
  8. Yongnuo 100 mm 1: 2 [overview]

Bayonet mount Canon EF (mirrored full frame):

  1. Yongnuo 14 mm 1: 2.8 [aliexpres] [+]
  2. Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 [review]
  3. Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4 [overview] [+]
  4. Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4C DF UWM [announce] [+]
  5. Yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 [overview] [+]
  6. Yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 II [overview] [+]
  7. Yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.4 [overview]
  8. Yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO MF [aliexpres]
  9. Yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 [review]
  10. Yongnuo 100 mm 1: 2 [review]
  11. Canon EF -> Canon EF-M adapter [aliexpres] [+]
  12. EF 1.4X III Teleconverter [aliexpres] [+]
  13. EF 2.0X II Teleconverter [aliexpres]
  14. EF 2.0X III Teleconverter [aliexpres]

Lenses and cameras and many other products from Yongnuo can easily be found at Authorized Yongnuo Dealer / Store on Aliexpres.

My video on all Yongnuo lenses here... [+] indicates current (modern) models available for sale.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Main technical characteristics of YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM:

Review Instance Name Body: YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM 0.8m / 2.63ft Ø58mm

On the box: Ynlens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM MEDIUM TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS

Basic properties
  • R (Canon R, RF) - designed for Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras with RF mount
  • DF (DIGITAL Full Frame) - marking indicating that the lens for full-frame cameras
  • DSM (Digital Stepping Motor) - focusing stepper motor
  • Internal focus
  • Electronic focus ring
  • DMF (DDirectly Mannual Focus) - direct manual focus
  • Low dispersion elements in the optical circuit
  • USB-port for firmware update
  • Rounded petals aperture
  • Nanometer multi-layer coating - special optical coating
  • O-shaped protective bayonet seal
  • Switch FOCUS / CONTROL / CLICK
  • Included hood
  • Important: lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter 58 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 85 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for Canon RF mirrorless cameras
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels bayonet mount mark and hood mount mark
Diaphragm F / 1.8 to F / 16
MDF 0.8 meters, maximum magnification ratio 0.13 X (1: 7.7)
The weight
  • 380 grams per instruction
  • according to my measurements, 385 grams (without covers and hoods)
Optical design 9 elements in 8 groups. The circuit includes 1 low dispersion LD element and one ultra high refractive index element

Optical design YnLens YN85mm F1.8S DF DSMThe image of the optical scheme is clickable to enlarge

Lens hood Bayonet type, model LH-60 T
Manufacturer country Not indicated, but it is known that the lens is made in China
Period From May 2021 of the year
Prices View on AliExpress from an authorized Yongnuo dealer

In general, YN 85 / 1.8R is an alternative to the original Canon Lens RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM... Now (late summer 2021) there are very few high-aperture autofocus lenses with a focal length of 85 mm for Canon RF mount on the market.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Assembly

The lens came to the review completely new.

The small box contained a warranty card, instructions in Chinese and English, a quality control card, a desiccant, bags, a hood and the lens itself with front and rear covers. The covers are made of dense plastic. In the box, the lens is secured with two durable foam clips.

YN 85 / 1.8R has metal mount. Stated that microprocessor contacts gilded... The focusing ring is wide, rubberized. The lens feels good in the hands. On the side of the rear lens there is a light-cutting hood that prevents excess flare and light scattering.

The weight of the YN 85 / 1.8R is about 380 grams.

On heavily covered diaphragms, the aperture is shaped like an irregular heptagon. The diaphragm consists, as it were, of two pairs of blades, 7 each, located one after the other. Most likely used compound aperture blades or L-shaped petals. This design can be found in some older manual lenses (e.g. Mir-3 3.5 / 65). A discussion of such a diaphragm device can be found here, here и here.

The body has a bayonet mount mark and a mark for quick attachment of the hood. The lens uses a plastic hood LH-60T, which must be fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood is quite long. The hood can be set in transport mode with the reverse side, but in this position access to the focusing ring is completely lost.

The lens has a connector on its body USB TYPE C for connection to a computer (see the corresponding section below in the text). The port is closed with a tight rubber plug.

It's important: During intensive shooting, the lens lost contact with the camera a couple of times, the error 'ERR 01' appeared. Turning the camera off and on fixed this issue. I met this failure only during shooting in priority mode excerpts 'TV' (I like to use all four main modes M, AV, TV, P).

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Focusing

For focusing, the YN 85 / 1.8R uses stepper focus motor DSM (Digital Stepping Motor). Auto focus should work with all Canon RF mount cameras.

The focusing speed is high (closer to very high), quite comfortable for work. On camera Canon EOS RP I didn't have much focusing problems. After the lens has lost precise focusing, refocusing is performed very quickly. Focusing on the face and eyes on Canon EOS RP works very well. In general, a bunch Canon EOS RP + YN 85 / 1.8R works almost perfect. Occasionally, during eye / face autofocus, the camera / lens will give a little back focus.

It's important: In difficult shooting conditions, as well as when shooting dynamic scenes, the focusing quality with the YN 85 / 1.8R can be noticeably worse than with similar original lenses, such as Canon Lens RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM... Most likely, even in simple shooting conditions, the autofocus tenacity with the YN 85 / 1.8R will very much depend on the camera used. Perhaps over time, new lens firmware will improve the behavior of the YN 85 / 1.8R.

Auto focus very quiet... When shooting a video using autofocus and the built-in microphone in the camera, the resulting video noise from the built-in focusing motor is not audible at all.

Lens uses electronic focus ring... The focusing ring is rubberized, wide. Manual aiming is enough conveniently... The focus ring rotates easily. I did not observe any lag (lag) when changing the direction of rotation. The focus ring makes a faint sound of two plastic parts rubbing during manual focusing.

It's important: in the camera menu Canon EOS RP  you can set the parameter “MF focusing ring sensitivity of RF lenses"

  1. Depends on rotation speed
  2. Depends on the angle of rotation

The function is in the section: 'C. Fn III: Advanced -> 4 Feel. focus. ring. MF vol. RF '. This feature is very useful and I'm glad the Canon RF system has introduced it.

It's important: You can change the direction of rotation of the focusing ring. The function is in the 'C. Fn III: Advanced -> 3 Focus Focus Rotation rings'. It will be useful for those users who are accustomed to different directions of rotation of the focusing ring (for example, when using other systems, such as Nikon F / Z).

On the case there is a focus mode switch MF / AF.

Also the lens has FOCUS / CONTROL / CLICK switch.

  1. In 'FOCUS' mode, the control ring acts as a focusing ring with FTM (Full Time Manual Focusing - constant manual focusing control).
  2. In 'CONTROL' mode, the control ring takes over the functions of an additional control ring inherent in the original CANON RF lenses.
  3. In the 'CLICK' mode, the control ring mimics the 'CONTROL' functions, but at the same time there are characteristic clicks, like the aperture control rings on old manual lenses.

Camera Canon EOS RP allows you to set the following control ring functions in the 'CONTROL' and 'CLICK' modes:

  1. Aperture change (while holding down the metering activation button exposure or without)
  2. Change excerpts (while holding the metering activation button exposure or without)
  3. Setting the ISO sensitivity (while holding down the metering activation button exposure or without)
  4. Compensation exposure (while holding the metering activation button exposure or without)
  5. Do not use

It's important: in 'CLICK' mode, one click does not always allow changing the selected parameter to some minimum value. Sometimes it takes 2 clicks. An unpleasant trifle, but it does not spoil the overall impression of working with the lens.

During auto focus focus ring remains stationary.

The lens has internal focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary during focusing. It is possible to use various filters without any problems.

The closest focusing distance is 80 cm, while the maximum magnification for close-up photography is 1: 7.7, which is the usual value for such a lens.

YN 85 / 1.8R has strong 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the angle of view during focusing). When focusing towards the MDF, the angle of view decreases. When quickly refocusing from infinity to MDF and back, for example, during video recording, on the display or in EVI there is a characteristic beating / breathing of the picture.

There are no useful marks for focusing distance, depth of field and other things on the lens. Focus distance display function in EVI not available with this lens (Canon EOS RP says that this lens does not support the display of this data).

Focus shift (shift-focus) was not noticed during operation and testing.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

 

Firmware Upgrade

The YN 85 / 1.8R lens barrel has a USB port through which you can update the software (firmware / firmware) of the lens. For YN 85 / 1.8R you need to use utility, which immediately carries a new firmware.

The functionality of the service utility for the YN 85 / 1.8R, which is responsible for working with the lens, is very scarce. You can only view the current firmware version and update it to a new one. I found this utility for YN 85 / 1.8R here и here. There is a utility version only for the latest Windows operating systems.

The lens uses the common USB 2.0 TYPE C port for connection (many mobile phones use this one). The package does not include a USB cable. To connect, I used a USB cable for my android phone and updated the firmware without any problems. The procedure took less than 5 seconds.

A firmware update, most likely, allows you to improve the compatibility of the lens with new cameras, improve the auto focus, eliminates some other errors. Too bad that no way to roll back (restore) an older version of the firmware.

Important: To update the lens firmware (software):

  • Turn off the camera, remove the battery from it, detach the lens
  • Launch the program YN85mm F / 1.8R DF DSM FM UPDATER
  • Attach the lens to the computer using a USB cable. If everything went well, the program will automatically detect the connected lens
  • Click [UPDATE] to start updating. Wait until the end of the update. The [NoNeed] button also updates the firmware, but says that this is not necessary (the latest firmware is already used)
  • Disconnect cable
  • Attach the lens to the camera
  • Insert the battery into the camera
  • Turn on the camera
Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Image quality

YN 85 / 1.8R handles the sensor easily Canon EOS RP by 26 MP. Optically, this is a good lens, of the obvious shortcomings - only chromatic aberration.

Sharpness

  • good sharpness at an open aperture in the center of the frame, good at the periphery of the image, F / 1.8 is fully 'working'. There is no noticeable drop in sharpness at F / 1.8 even in the far corners of the frame
  • excellent sharpness in the center of the frame after f / 2.8
  • good resolution in the corners of the frame at closed apertures in the region of F / 2.8-F / 8. For some reason, at very closed apertures, the corners of the frame are for some reason heavily clogged with chromatic aberrations and, together with diffraction, they noticeably reduce the sharpness (I rarely see such behavior of the lens)
  • most likely the lens was designed so that it creates the best sharpness at medium and long focusing distances. At especially close focusing distances (in the MDF area), sharpness at F / 1.8 deteriorates

Distortion

  • distortion is moderate, pincushion (usually barrel-shaped in such lenses)
  • the nature of distortion is unified, easily corrected in the editor
  • it is difficult to notice distortion in the pictures

Vignetting

  • vignetting is most pronounced on F / 1.8 and focusing on infinity
  • vignetting is not gradient, but wavy from the center of the frame to the corners
  • vignetting decreases with focus towards MDF
  • vignetting almost disappears at values ​​after f / 5.6

Aberration

  • the lens creates a sufficiently large number of chromatic aberrations, both longitudinal and transverse
  • there is a noticeable frigging (the color of the contrasting areas of confusion is green and purple). Friging is significantly reduced with diaphragm
  • chromatic aberration - the weakest side of the lens

Rest

  • the effect of the rays of the star is not pronounced (14 rays)
  • Blur disks are uneven on tightly covered diaphragms
  • the lens works well in backlight, only in the most difficult conditions can you get glare that spoil the picture
  • the lens does not use aspherical elements, but only ED elements, which helps to avoid concentric circles on blur discs
  • discs of blur closer to the edges of the frame become clipped

So far, there is no profile for this lens in popular RAW converters. Firmware Canon EOS RP does not automatically correct some types of distortion (in fact, everything except diffraction). The camera indicates that it does not have the required data for this lens.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Sample Photos

All photos in the review are shown without processing. Camera used Canon EOS RP with a 26-megapixel full-frame sensor. All photos are on-camera JPEG without any manipulation of settings. Standard Picture Control with zero corrections for sharpness, contrast and saturation ('AUTO 4 2 4 0 0 0). Image enhancing functions have been disabled (Peripheral Illumination Correction, Distortion Correction, Digital Lens Optimization, Chroma Aberration Correction, Diffraction Correction). The lens is recognized by the camera as 'YN35mm f / 1.8R DF DSM'.

Original RAW photos (compressed '.CR3') can be view / download from this link (Google Drive, 30+ photos). Original photos in JPEG format '.JPG' can be view / download from this link (Google Drive, 100+ photos).

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

My experience

Acknowledgements: I want to express my special gratitude to the photographer Alexander Bozhkevich (Instagram) who provided a brand new camera Canon EOS RP (zero mileage) to create this overview.

YN 85 / 1.8R is a very worthy solution. If the price for this lens is around $ 300, I will boldly recommend it for purchase. But the version for cameras with a Sony E mount costs about the same.

I shot about 85-1.8 thousand frames on the YN 3 / 4R and was completely satisfied with the capabilities of the lens.

Important: YN 85 / 1.8R has several times fewer minor and not particularly minor problems than Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 for Nikon F mount SLR cameras и Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 for Canon EF mount SLR cameras... In this case, everything is much better with the YN 85 / 1.8R, and the YN 85 / 1.8R itself has nothing to do with similar lenses from Yongnuo for SLR cameras. Once again, since this really matters: this YN 85 / 1.8R lens and the YN DSLR lenses are completely different lenses.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

An accurate and complete list of all Canon RF lenses:

Fixes:

  1. Canon Lens RF 5.2 mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE
  2. Canon Lens RF 16 mm F2.8 STM
  3. Canon Lens RF 35 mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM
  4. Canon Lens RF 50 mm F1.8 STM
  5. Canon Lens RF 50 mm F1.2 L USM
  6. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F1.2 L USM
  7. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F1.2 L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING)
  8. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F2 MACRO IS STM
  9. Canon Lens RF 100 mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM SA CONTROL
  10. Canon Lens RF 400 mm F2.8 L IS USM
  11. Canon Lens RF 600 mm F11 IS STM
  12. Canon Lens RF 600 mm F4 L IS USM
  13. Canon Lens RF 800 mm F11 IS STM

Zuma:

  1. Canon Lens RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM
  2. Canon Lens RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  3. Canon Lens RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  4. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM
  5. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM
  6. Canon Lens RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
  7. Canon Lens RF 28-70mm F2 L USM
  8. Canon Lens RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM
  9. Canon Lens RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  10. Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
  11. Canon Lens RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

The easiest way to find these lenses is at E-Catalog or Socket.

For Canon RF mount, there are also autofocus lenses from Samyang: 14/2.8, 85/1.4, Yongnuo: 35/2, 85/1.8, TTArtisan: 32/2.8

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

List of all mirrorless cameras with Canon RF mount

  1. Canon EOS R
  2. Canon EOS Ra
  3. Canon EOS RP
  4. Canon EOS R3
  5. Canon EOS R5
  6. Canon EOS R6

The easiest way to find these cameras in official Canon storeOn E-Catalog or Socket.

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)


All autofocus 85s

Choosing a good portrait lens with a focal length of 85 mm is very important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all such autofocus lenses for full-frame cameras:

Nikon (F, Z mounts)

  1. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor
  2. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (Thailand or Japan)
  3. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8G AF-S IF SWM Nikkor
  4. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor
  5. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4GN AF-S Nikkor SWM IF Nano Crystal Coat
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm 1: 1.8 S

Canon (EF, RF mounts)

  1. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM
  2. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L USM
  3. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L II USM
  4. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.4 L IS USM
  5. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  6. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING)

Yongnuo (different mounts)

  1. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8) [Canon EF, February 2017]
  2. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8N) [Nikon F, May 2019]
  3. Yongnuo Ynlens YN85mm F1.8S DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8S) [Sony E, Aug 2020]
  4. Yongnuo Ynlens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8R) [Canon RF, May 2021]

Meike (Canon EF, Nikon F)

  1. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 [review] (Canon EF / Canon EF-S, April 2018)
  2. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 [review] (Nikon F, Aug 2020)

Samyang / Rokinon (different mounts)

  1. Samyang AF 75 / 1.8 FE (for Sony E)
  2. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 [EF or F] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, diagram 9/7)
  3. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE (for Sony E, Canon RF, diagram 11/8)

Tamron (different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP 85mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A [no VC function])

Tokina (Sony E / FE mount)

  1. Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE (for Sony E)

Sigma (different mounts)

  1. Sigma EX 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM (two sub-versions with different body coatings, for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K), 2010
  2. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG | A [Art] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony E, Leica L)
  3. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A [Art] (for Sony E, Leica L)

Sony / Sony Zeiss ZA (E / FE, A mount)

  1. Sony FE 1.4 / 85 GM (SEL-85Z)
  2. Sony FE 1.8 / 85 (SEL-85F18)
  3. Sony SAL85F14Z / Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 ZA T*

Minolta (A mount)

  1. Minolta AF 85mm 1: 1.4 (22) (AF lens 85) / Minolta Maxxum / Dynax / G / G + RS and other versions of the same lens

Zeiss (Sony E / FE mount)

  1. Zeiss Sonnar 1.8 / 85 T * (Batis 1.8 / 85)

Pentax (K mount)

  1. SMC PENTAX FA 1: 1.8 77mm Limited 1997
  2. HD Pentax-FA 1: 1.8 77mm Limited 2021
  3. SMC Pentax-FA * 1: 1.4 85mm IF AUTO FOCUS PENTAX 85 1992
  4. HD PENTAX-D FA * 85mm 1: 1.4 ED SDM AW 2020

Contax (Contax N mount)

  1. Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 T * (Contax)

Viltrox (different mounts)

  1. Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM (Fujifilm X, Sony E / FE)
  2. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 II XF STM ED IF (Fujifilm X, Sony E / FE, July 2020)
  3. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 Z STM ED IF (Nikon Z, Dec 2020), all versions on the same optical design

Leica (L-mount)

  1. LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1: 2/90 ASPH.

Panasonic (L mount)

  1. Panasonic LUMIX S 1: 1.8 / 85mm

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Price

The price for the YN 85 / 1.8R is around $ 400. See current real prices for YN 85 / 1.8R at Aliexpress official dealer Yongnuo you can follow this link: http://alii.pub/5yde4f (with free shipping to the countries of the former CIS).

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

Video

You can watch the video on my channel by this linkor below:


Results

YN 85 / 1.8R - great for portraits, it can serve as a good alternative to other similar solutions. The image quality is generally good and even good. So far, the price is holding at the level 400 dollars, which forces a balanced decision before buying the YN 85 / 1.8R.

10 main advantages:

  1. compact size (lens with a short flange for mirrorless cameras)
  2. good build, metal bayonet, bayonet hood included
  3. rubber mount seal
  4. focusing stepping motor, fast and quiet
  5. internal focusing, fixed focus ring during auto focus
  6. electronic focusing ring, continuous manual focus control, AF / MF switch
  7. FOCUS / CONTROL / CLICK switch for programming the functions of the control / focus ring
  8. USB port for firmware upgrade
  9. one low-dispersion element in the optical scheme and 1 element with an ultra-high refractive index
  10. good sharpness in the center of the frame already from F / 1.8 (really not causing any questions), pleasant bokeh, weak drop in sharpness in the corners and edges of the frame in the range of F / 1.8-F / 8

10 main disadvantages:

  1. on heavily covered apertures, the aperture has the shape of an irregular heptagon
  2. there are no additional tags (depth of field, focusing distance, etc.)
  3. no built-in image stabilizer (for example, it has Canon Lens RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM)
  4. software options for working with the lens via the USB port are very limited
  5. version Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 DF DSM S under the Sony E / FE had an additional programmable button, which was removed from the version for Canon RF
  6. lack of data about the lens in modern cameras and converters, which makes it difficult to automatically correct some types of distortion
  7. in rare cases, the lens loses contact with the camera
  8. very strong Focus Breathing effect
  9. tangible chromatic aberration
  10. moderate pincushion distortion and vignetting

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Material prepared Arkady Shapoval... Look for me on Youtube | Facebook | VK | Instagram | Twitter.

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Comments: 4, on the topic: Review of Yongnuo YnLens YN85mm F1.8R DF DSM (for Canon RF)

  • B. R. P.

    Thanks for the review, interesting bokeh in some of the photos. The portraits look pretty decent, the Chinese are increasing the quality.

  • Igor

    Thanks for the review!

  • Human

    It would be interesting to see a comparison with the old Yongnuo 85mm on the EF. In terms of cost, it still comes out almost 4-5 times less, provided that you already have an adapter ..

    • Arkady Shapoval

      As I pointed out in the review - the old one under EF and the new one under RF is heaven and earth

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