Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye A-mount lens review by brad

reviewer#44202 date: Dec-20-2018
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-35 zeiss is much heavier and narrower view than the 12mm ultra wide fisheye. These are apples to oranges anyway.
price paid:350usd
positive:This is a non circular fisheye. It is Very very wide. 12mm Has huge depth of field even wide open. Great for night scape work and Arches National Park. It is a true F2.8 so I can focus on a star with digital zoom using the view finder.
negative:My copy would not focus past 5 feet when I got it. I removed a few adjustment shims and now the manual focus scale is spot on. Poor quality control I guess. Now its a keeper. It is entirely plastic except for the mounting plate. I guess distortion is a negative? it is a fisheye so not sure what number to give it maybe a 5 for appropriate distortion.
comment:I really enjoy my full manual non circular fisheye (ultra wide angle with moderate barrel distortion). This can be "unfished" in PS to be just a Ultra wide angle lens. Look up the hyper-focal distance of a 12mm FF at F2.8, its 8 feet. 16mm Zeiss is 15 feet twice as far. 12mm 2.8 is a great combination for near/far night photography and getting most of the Milky Way in one shot. This is an artful/artistic lens that has a learning curve to master its full potential.
There is nothing else like this lens really. If mine had been properly assembled, I would have no complaints at all. Be careful of your tripod and feet being in the pictures! I do not use it all time but always have it in my pack. Its not heavy/its plastic and glass.
Note: this lens being a fixed manual focus type has very few parts and was the easiest lens I have ever worked on.

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.30 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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