Samyang 24mm F2.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by minolta_mutley

reviewer#44144 date: Oct-8-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24 f2.8 (A-mount)
price paid:250€ (2nd)
positive:small lightweight lens
49mm filter thread
affordable
box to protect the lens is included
good AF in normal light
uses a normal lens cap
firmware updates possible (with the specific usb adapter)
the inclusion of a handy lens-case.
negative:tiny hood (it's easy to use though)
no Image stabilization
it's a full frame lens.
sharpness is ok - you have to stop down for the edges.
Flares may occur - it's not as bad as with the old manual focus-lenses, but not on par with comparable 24mm primes that are now sold by the competition.
Only f2.8 - and to get sharp corners you may need to stop down.
comment:It's a nice travel companion due to it's very low weight.
The sharpness and colors are good enough for my use.
The build isn't bad at all - i didn't have a plastic feeling.
If you're looking for low-weight travel primes, this is very low-weight. The better alternatives run at minimum 2x the price. It's a compromise lens for photographers on a budget.
The sharpness is fine - the competition may be a little bit sharper - but the weight/Size of the lens is there.
I'm going to test it soon on the A6000 - and we'll add to the review. This is a first look at this lens - i'll update it soon. Also read other reviews... And try it out yourself.
flare control - first tests indicate that in normal use there are no problems - you have to be careful with direct light into the lens than it flares easier than the 35mm f2.8 Samyang.
distortion - the lens is not without distortion - in certain scenario's it'll be visible as a complex moustache-distortion - the distortion is rather small, but when correcting images taken from paintings high above the head (e.g. churches) it may become visible during perspective correction.
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2nd review after more thorough testing on the A7II - it's small, had no AF-problems (latest firmware on the A7II - still 1st firmware on the samyang - now i have the usb-dock and i did the firmware-update to the latest version).
More than reasonable images full open, at f5.6 it's sharp as a knife. I'm not going to say it's a sharp as a >3x more expensive Zeiss - it's good enough for my needs. And it fits my pocket.
Even in darker circumstances like a thomb without much light the AF was still ok (not fast but working). I normal conditions where you take images at f4 - 1600ISO - the AF was accurate - not many misses as some report.
In a few cases (2 out of > 200) i found a little bit of moustache distortion - but it's not that bad it bothered me.
The flare restance is not perfect - if you avoid direct sunlight into the lens - it's not a big problem.
Next review will be on the latest firmware of this lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.25
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