Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 19   
reviewer#39924 date: Aug-18-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:samyang 8mm & 24mm T1.5. Minolta 11-18, Minolta 16mm fisheye, sigma 18mm zen
price paid:180
positive:Great ultra wide lens, sharp +++, great for night sky photography, well built
negative:No AF, No exif data,distortion
comment:My go to lens. I love this lens.
reviewer#38891 date: Jul-1-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:US$279 (new)
positive:Very sharp right across an APS-C frame from closest focus to infinity even at f/2.8, f/2.8 allows plenty of light for astro, very affordable, acceptably wide for work on APS-C, nice colours on my SLT-A57.
negative:Significant barrel/moustache distortion (correctable), the focus scale is way out - actual infinity focus is achieved at 0.7m on the focus scale with mine, no EXIF to camera, manual focus. Slightly soft corners on SLT-A99, but only if you pixel peep
comment:Not without its quirks - work around those however and this lens can reward you with some stunning imagery. Some people report elsewhere they got bad copies (bad coatings and softer on one side) - thankfully mine is a good one, YMMV. I can correct distortion using The Gimp and GimpLensfun, but only 1 at a time - am still searching for a free method to batch correct the distortion so I can do corrected timelapses of city/cloudscapes. For the money its a winner! Mine is Rokinon brand.
reviewer#37856 date: May-7-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Voightlander 15mm f4.5 iii. Minolta 20mm f2.8. Konica Minolta 17-35mm f2.8-4. Zeiss 16-35 f2.8
price paid:200 GBP
positive:Beautifully smooth manual focusing. Much sharper than reviews here would have you believe when shooting close for affect.
negative:About as sharp as the reviews here would have you believe if you try shooting interiors. Plasticy.
comment:A little to soft for photographing interiors but really rather sharp when used close up. A great lens for playing with creatively.
I paid 4x the price for the voigtlander 15mm and it is an FE lens so there really isn't a comparison but the Samy 14mm does things that it can't and therefore I'm going to keep it.

UPDATE. Don't stop down to much "f5.6" and it is sharper than I thought and usable for shooting interiors.
reviewer#12117 date: Feb-2-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:7-14 Panasonic Lumix micro 4/3, fantastic small lens but for tiny sensors.
12 and 15mm Voigtlander on Leica.
price paid:€200 2nd hand
positive:very, very wide, just what I need. And being able to see that wide view through the a850 viewfinder is absolute bliss.
Build quality is fine for the price. All is nice and firm. Yes, the front element is huge, but so is the view!
negative:Mine has correct distance markings, but it's called 'Falcon'. Maybe a superior series?
I glued a focus confirm chip, mainly to indicate for close focusing. Without that it's really very hard to do.
comment:I really like this lens. I got an a850 recently and it shines in ff. On apsc the lens is too bulky for the resulting wide frame. It's still bulky and heavy on ff, but what a view!
After some searching I found RAWtherapee, to correct the crazy distortion. Then it's a breeze, so no negative comment on that.
reviewer#12112 date: Jan-26-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 11-18mmm
price paid:30,000 yen (new)
positive:This lens offers a great solution to the UWA problem at an affordable price.
negative:No different from any other UWA... distortion is the main issue.. lack of critical sharpness in the corners...
comment:I moved from APS-C to FF and needed something for UWA. I used the APS-C Tamron 11-18 for a while since it doesn't vignette on FF between 15mm and 18mm but the IQ in the corners is really bad. In comparison this lens is much better (but still far from perfect). My ratings are generally in comparison to other UWA lenses. Others have reported the markings on the focus ring to be way off, but on my copy they are pretty close!
reviewer#11700 date: Feb-17-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nikon 14-24, Canon 14mm f/2.8L II,
price paid:$325
positive:The Samyang glass is all very good and the 14mm is no exception. The color rendering is closer to Canon (warmer) than Nikon (cooler). I love the 14mm because you just cannot beat the price. It is such a good value overall for the money... You can find lenses that are better but they are usually over 5x the cost. Wide open, it's decent and always predictable. I especially like shooting this one close to people. As long as you keep with level and the person out of the extreme edges, it's a gray lens. When you want to do an interior, just use stix and close down to f/5.6 or 8 and you will be more than pleased. With software like LR and Aperture available, you can fix just about anything that is not perfect on this lens.
negative:Build quality is right there in the 1970's with great focus feel perfect for video. NO AF, obviously.
comment:I've shot this same optic on the D800E and it really is a performer. If you want a super wide but don't want to part with $2K, it's tough to find a better option. The Samyang glass would be a great deal at twice or even three times the price.
reviewer#11664 date: Feb-2-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-35 f2.8 ZA, 20/2.8 prime
price paid:319.99
positive:Great price, great
negative:If there is an AF system
comment:Will be sinful not to have one
reviewer#11488 date: Nov-18-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-Tokina 17/3.5
-Sony SEL16F28
-Voigtländer 15/4.5
-Samyang 8/2.8 and 8/3.5
price paid:180€ (used)
positive:-Very sharp
-FF coverage
-Price
-Low CAs, vignetting, distortion correctable,...
-F2.8 is very fast for an 14mm lens with FF coverage!
negative:-No filter screwmount :(
-Vignetting on FF at wide apertures
-Build could be better
-Size
-Heavy Distortion (partially correctable in Lightroom)
comment:Very good lens. It soooo wide on FF that you wouldn't believe it ;)
I prefer it over Voigtländer 15/4.5 but not over Voigtländer 12mm. For APS-C I prefer the 8/3.5 or 8/2.8 by Samyang.
reviewer#11486 date: Nov-16-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 17mm f 3.5 (full-frame)
Tokina 11-16 f 2.8 (APS-C)
price paid:339 USD (new)
positive:Unbelievably sharp --and flat plane
Great build (for the price, especially)
Almost no chromatic aberrations or other need to defringe
While there is a lot of moustache distortion, it can be corrected post-processing
negative:Lousy focusing scale in terms of accuracy
Need to be careful with rear lens element (protrudes beyond mount) as well as front lens element
comment:What an amazing lens! On a full-frame, it is really wide. And it is sharp, almost corner to corner, from f 2.8 onward. (It just destroys my film-era Tokina 17 mm f 3.5, as well as—on an APS-C body—the digital-era Tokina 11-16mm f 2.8 at 14 mm.) While mine might have a very slight amount of decentering, it is simply amazing to me how flat the field of focus is, meaning the edges don’t decline a whole lot from the center, even wide open.
With any lens this wide, there will be “issues.” First, distortion. There is a lot of “moustache”-like distortion. It can be removed post-processing (using Lightroom, most successfully for now with a Nikon Adobe Lens Profile Download—I’m working on my own, but so far it isn’t as successful as the existing Nikon), so I can live with that. [My rating for distortion is relative to the "class" of 14mm lenses and the ability to fix it.] There is also vignetting—as with all really wide-angle lenses—which I generally think needs to be removed manually (as attempting to do it through Adobe runs into the obstacle that the EXIF information doesn’t know if you are shooting at f 2.8 or at f 8). [But there is remarkably little chromatic aberrations, so that really isn’t a problem—my Tokina 17mm f 3.5 has a large amount of chromatic aberrations and even more “purple defringing”; compared to the Tokina, this Samyang is a gem in that respect.]
Anyone buying one of these should also be aware of a couple of other issues. First, the focusing scale sucks. Even going past the infinity “mark”—and even the infinity “symbol”—was necessary to get the lens to focus accurately at infinity. (Others have had the exact opposite problem, so I assume there is a fair amount of “tolerance” in the initial set-up in this respect.) Even at 14 mm—with its huge depth-of-field--this makes a difference (at least if you are pixel-peeping). Second, that matters, because on my a850, it is very hard to figure out the right focus (I have not “chipped” the lens, as I have done with my 85 mm f 1.4 Samyang, which brings into play the focus confirmation). I’ve learned the adjustment I need to make from the scale, so I can live with that. [Figuring out whether focus is OK is easier on my a77, with focus peaking and magnification.] Still, with this wide of an angle lens, it would almost be easiest to set the focus manually, and the mis-match of the scale with the actual focus makes this something you need to learn, rather than just do.
Second—and I’ve seen little reference to this. The rear lens element sticks out beyond the mount. That means, don’t stick the lens facing “upwards” on a surface without the rear cap! And beware of stray fingers.... (It isn’t only the front element that is exposed.)
All that said, for the price it is one amazing lens. Sure, it doesn’t auto-focus (but I’m not sure how accurate auto-focus is with such a wide-angle lens—and thus, why one really would want it). And, yes, it doesn’t give you EXIF read-out data, but you can use it in “A” mode, because the exposure meter in the camera reads out the amount of light coming in, which you adjust on the lens’s aperture ring. W/o a chip, it won’t do IBIS perfectly, either, but I’m not really sure that makes a huge difference with a 14mm lens (I rather like the chip I put in my 85mm lens, for that reason). And the front element—and lens cap—makes using filters all but impossible.
But the amazing wide-angle perspective, the detail, and the general feel of the lens make all of these “learning experiences” more than complaints about things that could be fixed—without vastly increasing the cost of the lens.
reviewer#10649 date: Nov-4-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 19-35
Sony 18-55
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Contrasy
Very good image quality
negative:Distortion
Mf
No filters usable
comment:A very nice lens
I don't like distortion, but there's a photoshop CS5 plugin for nikon 700 Samyang 14/2.8f11 which fixes that problem.
A polarizer would be useful for rainforest and creek/waterfall scenes
reviewer#10483 date: Sep-3-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina DX 11-16 F2.8
Sony 16-80ZA
Minolta 28f2.0
Samyang 8mm f3.5
price paid:260€
positive:sharpness
2.8
bokeh
build
value
negative:distortion
comment:I enjoy this lens very much, it is sharp and the focusing is very smooth. The distortion seems to be the only problem but as other reviewers have mentioned it can be corrected with PT Lens.
What needs to be pointed out is that this lens gives a very smooth bokeh which is quite surprising for an ultra wide angle and significantly better than the Tokina 11-16 which can be quite restless in some situation.
As I am comparing already with the Tokina, from my copies the Samyang is sharper at 14mm.
reviewer#10447 date: Aug-11-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-55 kit
Minolta 28 2.8
price paid:390 USD(new)
positive:center sharpness
coverage (FF and APS-C)
value
build
negative:Incorrect focus ring marking
focuses way beyond infinite
comment:This review is for the updated Samyang/Rokinon 14mm 2.8
I bought this lens for shooting landscape and in certain indoor architectural situations.
This is great value considering it has FF coverage.
This lens has great sharpness in the center. The edges are certainly not bad considering the price. This is a full mechanical lens, so no metadata.
The build is solid, smooth focus ring, but one glaring problem - focus markings are labelled WAY off. On my copy, infinity is between the 1-2m markings. If you are new to this lens, you need to do some testing to find your sweet spot. Going beyond focus gives terrible results wide open(obviously). Stopping down to f11 widens the in-focus range, but still, infinity marking is beyond infinity and never comes in-focus, except if you shoot at f22.
Other than this, the lens is a staple for my shooting.
reviewer#9197 date: Jul-1-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:345 USD New
positive:Great Build
Smooth Focus Action
Sharp
Decent Micro Contrast
negative:Distortion
Bulging Front Element
No Electronics
comment:This lens has been a nice surprise. I needed a decent wide angle to use on both my A850 and A55. I have been waiting for the new Sigma 12-24, but became impatient. I grabbed the Rokinon version of this lens and have recently put it through its paces. In my opinion, there are only two negatives with this lens. 1.Distortion requires processing to fix (PT Lens) and 2.no electronics. I ordered a chip for this lens, so perhaps that will address #2.

I find the sharpness to be above average across 90% of the frame on my A850. Extreme corners have some smearing of details, but compared to my Tokina 19-35, this is minimal. I find it an useful 21mm on the A55 and the zoom during focus to check for optimal accuracy is great. Started using this for interior shots. In camera HDR and a quick pass through with PT Lens = good to go.

I need to spend more time with this lens on my A850, but initial impressions are high for this lens. Excellent value all around.
reviewer#9191 date: Jun-29-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:269 EUR (new)
positive:Sharpness
Speed
Price
Build quality
negative:Quality Hood and Cap
Rather stiff focus ring
Flare control
comment:I was pleasantly supprised about this lens' performance. With f2.8 it's reasonably fast, stopped down it's sharp and the build quality is very good for use in the field. Although, for a manual lens, the focus ring is a bit stiff for my taste.

Although reading several reviews about the complex barrel distortion, I find it fairly easy to correct in post production. Also, because I use it mainly for landscape overviews, most of the time I notice the distortion after correcting it. That's why I didn't note it as a negative point.

The protruding curved front element does make it prone to flare under certain angles. The hood doesn't help in those conditions. This also prevents the use of filters on this lens.

The lens hood and cap are made from a very cheap plastic. You know that even if plastic fantastic feels cheap, it's not good :-) Not a real big issue though, I just need to be more carefull when using it in the field.

Most people feel you don't need to focus to get the best result with these focal lengths. I tend to disagree. Especially when focus is crucial, it pays of focussing more accurately with this lens, especially at extreme apertures.

All in all for the money, you can't beat this lens in my opinion. If you can live with manual focussing, know how to correct the distortion and can live without using filters, this is your lens.
reviewer#9025 date: May-14-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Wide as hell on FF
Cheap
negative:"Funny" distortion
comment:I'm very happy with this lens I must say. On a full frame camera it's astonishingly wide - less so on APS-C but still pretty damn wide. Sharpness is extremely good and it's very hard to get it to flare. I really don't find manual focus a problem with this lens because being so wide, it's very easy to set for hyperfocus using the distance marks on the focus ring.
Two small negatives - 1. there's some "interesting" distortion to the image which is hard to fix by hand and 2. The rear lens cap falls off a lot I find like the fit is too loose.
Otherwise you can't fail to be happy with such a high quality lens at such a low price I don't think.
reviewer#8592 date: Jan-29-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 12-24
Sony ZA 24-70
price paid:280 GBP (new)
positive:Sharp
Good Colours
Good Flare control
Well built
negative:No AF or any electronics
Distortion
comment:This lens is the best value in a lens ever in my opinion. Starting at f2.8 the results are sharp, and very pleasing. The lens uses metal and plastic parts, build quality feels good and the focus ring is smooth (maybe a bit too smooth even).

Especially for such a wide-angle lens the flare control is very good, I've used the lens with the sun clearly in view and then you start noticing flare, but this is at the point were the sun also influenced my view quite a lot. The amount of contrast my a850+Samyang 14mm managed to get from this situation was astonishing.

Now the downside: this lens has no AF, a manual aperture and no electronics to communicate with the body. Since the firmware update it is possible to use this lens in A-mode on the a850/a900. MF is something to learn, especially at this focal length, however at f5.6-f8 nearly everything will be in focus if you ust put the focus at about 2m. The distortion is a bigger problem. With objects in close you'll see strange effects in the corners, I think simply because of the huge fov. Also the lens shows a strange "mustache" shape distortion which is disturbing in some shots, however PTLens can correct most of it with ease. Also quite often the distortion is there, but not disturbing, this of course depends on subject and composition. Also the results are sharp at f2.8 but vignetting is visible then.

It's not a perfect lens and it definitely has flaws (distortion mostly), but especially considering price this lens is simply stunning even with it's flaws (vignetting at 2.8 and distortion).


Edit: I'm referring to a850 several times, I've tested this lens on my A100 as well but for me this lens is really for FF, this lens just shines with the large fov.
reviewer#8380 date: Dec-9-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:17-35D
16-35ZA
20mm 2.8
price paid:400 CDN (new)
positive:very sharp even wide open
neutral color
low price
negative:distortion
no AF confirm
comment:This lens is hard to master but really rewards you with sharp and detailed images once you learn how to use it. Full manual control really makes you think before each shots are taken. I correct distortion with PTLens in CS5 but still there are trace of diagonal distortion if you are not careful about composition. Let's talk about sharpness.. this lens is one amazing pixel resolving machine! At f/2.8, 80% of image field is already sharp! around f/5.6 almost 95% coverage becomes sharp - truly outstanding. negatives - mounting filters can be challenging. flare control is bad, and as I said earlier.. barrel distortion with a mustache-style sub-frequency.
reviewer#8374 date: Dec-8-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16/2.8, Sony 20/2.8, Sony 16-35/2.8, Tokina 20-35/2.8.
price paid:430 USD(new)
positive:- 14mm, f2.8 on FF
- Very sharp and contrast
- Minimum CA
- Build quality
- Low price
negative:- Distortion
- Vignette in open
comment:I like this lens. This lens very sharp in the center and on corners in A900.
reviewer#8307 date: Nov-26-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:17-35 mm Konica Minolta
20 mm Sony
price paid:£290.00
positive:Great fun and value. Super resolution. A manual focus and aperture lens that makes you think when you are using it
negative:Nothing considering price. Distortion can be corrected and my main use is for landscapes where it is not so much of a problem anyway. Difficult to use filters or grads with this kind of lens design
comment:Very pleased with this inexpensive lens on my a900. The resolution is excellent and can produce some really creative images. Being fully manual it slows you down and makes you think when composing shots, no bad thing.
Update: I did not find this very good on Sony NEX7 or A7R, might be an adapter fault but parts of the image were soft
reviews found: 19   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.74
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.47
  • distortion: 3.63
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.32

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