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

reviewer#12112 date: Jan-26-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Tamron 11-18mmm
price paid:30,000 yen (new)
positive:This lens offers a great solution to the UWA problem at an affordable price.
negative:No different from any other UWA... distortion is the main issue.. lack of critical sharpness in the corners...
comment:I moved from APS-C to FF and needed something for UWA. I used the APS-C Tamron 11-18 for a while since it doesn't vignette on FF between 15mm and 18mm but the IQ in the corners is really bad. In comparison this lens is much better (but still far from perfect). My ratings are generally in comparison to other UWA lenses. Others have reported the markings on the focus ring to be way off, but on my copy they are pretty close!

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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