Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC A-mount lens review by tekwizard

reviewer#10483 date: Sep-3-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Tokina DX 11-16 F2.8
Sony 16-80ZA
Minolta 28f2.0
Samyang 8mm f3.5
price paid:260€
comment:I enjoy this lens very much, it is sharp and the focusing is very smooth. The distortion seems to be the only problem but as other reviewers have mentioned it can be corrected with PT Lens.
What needs to be pointed out is that this lens gives a very smooth bokeh which is quite surprising for an ultra wide angle and significantly better than the Tokina 11-16 which can be quite restless in some situation.
As I am comparing already with the Tokina, from my copies the Samyang is sharper at 14mm.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.74
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.47
  • distortion: 3.63
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.32 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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