Samyang 12mm F2 NCS CS E-mount lens review by Miranda F

reviewer#44540 date: Jun-30-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6
Sony 30mm and 50mm macro lenses
Lots of primes from 28mm upwards.
price paid:£149
positive:Small size
fast aperture f2.
Good MFD.
does almost everything well
Nice handling and controls

negative:Filter size is a bit large at 67mm
My copy is a little soft down the rhs at full aperture and infinity focus.
Some CA and PF visible under 100% crops at full aperture.
No AF, so don't forget to focus!
comment:What a brilliant lens! Pretty compact - the 67mm filter thread makes it a bit wider than necessary at the end but otherwise its fairly dinky.
Fast aperture makes it an excellent choice for caves and interiors.
Does a good job with wide-angle macro, and the f2 aperture allows you to push the background out of focus.
On APS-C is a pretty good FL for single-shot panoramas, wide views, and sky scenes. F2 is good for astro and very little coma. softness on rhs isn't usually a problem but when using it in portrait orientation I turn the camera clockwise.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.79
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.43
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.54 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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