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Yasuhara Anthy 35mm F1.8 RF Review

Dustin Abbot completed his review of the Yasuhara Anthy 35mm F1.8 RF lens.  While the list of native RF lenses is growing, it's a slow growth.  Yasuhara Anthy 35mm F1.8 is one of the ones currently available for the RF mount.  It's manual focus and manual aperture.


  • Beautiful classic build – much like classic Zeiss
  • Rich color in certain environments
  • Nice, well damped manual focus ring
  • Aperture ring is precise
  • Nice bokeh and rendering
  • Skin tones are nice
  • Good center sharpness at wide apertures
  • Excellent sharpness across the frame at smaller apertures
  • Reasonably priced


  • Odd vignette discoloration effect on Canon RF
  • Colors tend to be warm – works well in some settings, not in others
  • Very poor flare resistance
  • Some longitudinal chromatic aberrations
  • No EXIF data or electronic communication

Dustin's conclusions;

For years I have chosen to pull out vintage lenses occasionally despite the fact that they have far more optical flaws than more corrected modern lenses.  Why?  Because often there is a unique character to them that I enjoy despite their flaws.  Images have a certain quality to them that I like.  I also sometimes enjoy the “analog” approach of manual focus and a more deliberate style of photography.  It is that part of my inner photographer that can appreciate the Yasuhara Anthy 35mm F1.8 despite some glaring flaws like poor flare resistance, warm color rendering, and the odd vignette effect.  Used in the right settings, the Anthy35 produces images with a rich color palette and nice bokeh falloff.  It has an artistic, retrograde feel that some photographers will love and others will hate.  I hope that this review and the images contained in it have helped you decide which you are.

Read his full review here

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