Samyang 135mm F2 ED UMC A-mount lens review by Vitruvius
|Vitruvius#29651 date: Aug-9-2016|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 16-50mm f2.8 SSM|
Sony 11-18mm DT
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 APO DG EX HSM
Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 APO HS
|price paid:||635 CDN (new)|
|positive:||S H A R P !!!! NO FLARE! NO CA! NO distortion!|
Works well with focus peaking.
Needs a chip for IBIS on A77ii or Sony needs to update firmware for A77ii so you can enter lens manually.
|comment:||Have only had it a few days and took out for some test shots last night. Absolutely amazing IQ! I hate saying this because it will just make the price go up. Would be even better with a Minolta screw drive AF built in. Only reason I gave the build rating a 4 is because for the size and cost of the lens there is no reason they couldn't add a basic AF. |
Update - 2017-10-01
I lost my A77ii and bought an A7R. This lens is even more spectacular on the A7R. Absolutely blows my mind. Sorry, I have never owned exotic $2000+ glass to compare but it out-resolves the 36MP full frame sensor with ease which is more than I need. I shoot mostly dusk and night architectural shots on a tripod. Which is why the A7R is also a good match. I would not recommend using this lens or camera for hand held shooting. I have tried and it is a disappointment from what I know it can do on a tripod. That goes for both the lens and camera.
I would love to give it all 5 points to represent how much I LOVE this lens but the lens hood and aperture clicks are pretty poor. Everything else is great including smooth focus.
The most frustrating aspect of this lens is that after I have seen the results from this lens, every other lens I own is a disappointment and a waste of space in my bag (except the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ED-AS-IF-USD and Bower 85mm f1.4 which are almost as good). So I am constantly trying to figure out how to position myself to get the shot with this lens instead of using a different lens.