The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro and the Samsung 85mm F1.4 ED SSA for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro is the longer of the two lenses at 123mm. The Samsung 85mm F1.4 ED SSA with a length of 92mm, is 31mm shorter. On the other hand, the Samsung 85mm F1.4 ED SSA has a larger diameter of 79mm compared to the Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro's 73mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Samsung 85mm F1.4 ED SSA weighs 714g, 0% (6g) lighter than the Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro's weight of 720g.
Both the Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro and the Samsung 85mm F1.4 ED SSA has the same Samsung NX lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Samsung NX lenses are Samsung NX500, Samsung NX1 and Samsung NX3000.
Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro is also available in Canon EF , Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha and Sony E mounts.
Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 100mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 150mm.
Samsung 85mm F1.4 ED SSA is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 85mm which has an effective (full-frame 35mm equivalent) focal range of 127.5mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.