Samyang 135mm F2 ED UMC E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 3   
reviewer#47015 date: Jun-26-2024
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 135mm f/2.8 (t/4.5) STF
Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO HS G
Definitely a step up over both those lenses for aberration control, CA etc, but the STF still has the best bokeh (in the world!)
price paid:$350 NZD
positive:Tack sharp at f/2 with only tiny hint of softness and aberrations in the corners, but at f/2.8-4 the corners clean up to reveal stunning sharp night sky images. Also does a very fine job of portraits, flowers, bigger bugs etc, with nice bokeh
negative:Not much to complain about other than it should probably come with a collar for mounting near the COG as it is very front heavy - I had to buy a lens collar from a bits bin at the local camera store, and carefully shim the inside of the collar until it would fit and attach firmly on a bit of free real estate between the aperture ring and FE mount extension
comment:I scored this for a bargain price, about 1/3rd what was being asked of new ones. It's a wonderful lens for my tracked astrophotography, a good focal length and with the excellent control over aberrations, super sharpness across the frame, and fairly lightweight, it pairs extremely well with my Sony A7Rii on a Skywatcher tracking mount to produce great light frames for stacked deep sky object photos. Bravo Samyang!
reviewer#44348 date: Aug-15-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 135 STF
Minolta 135 2.8 pocket rocket
Miolta 80-200 2.8 HS
price paid:400 Eur
positive:Sharp
Good bokeh
CAs very well controlled
negative:Nothing really, but I don't like the mount converter piece they used for e-mount
comment:An excellent lens for the price. In all aspects (except obviously AF and size) better than the Minolta pocket rocket, especially CAs. However, the STF is slightly sharper and while the Samyangs bokeh is good it can't compete with the STF.
reviewer#39936 date: Sep-20-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:This lens is unique. It cant be compared to any other lens at the same focal because it is a manual one.
price paid:500 USD (New)
positive:Excellent sharpness even wide open.
Excellent bokeh at f/2.
Great focus ring.
negative:None.
comment:I have used this lens on a Sony A65, on A7r and now I use it on A7r II. It is a great manual lens.

Bonus: work very well with Sony TC FE 1.4x et 2x, manually, of course.
reviews found: 3   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.80

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