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

reviewer#12117 date: Feb-2-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:7-14 Panasonic Lumix micro 4/3, fantastic small lens but for tiny sensors.
12 and 15mm Voigtlander on Leica.
price paid:€200 2nd hand
positive:very, very wide, just what I need. And being able to see that wide view through the a850 viewfinder is absolute bliss.
Build quality is fine for the price. All is nice and firm. Yes, the front element is huge, but so is the view!
negative:Mine has correct distance markings, but it's called 'Falcon'. Maybe a superior series?
I glued a focus confirm chip, mainly to indicate for close focusing. Without that it's really very hard to do.
comment:I really like this lens. I got an a850 recently and it shines in ff. On apsc the lens is too bulky for the resulting wide frame. It's still bulky and heavy on ff, but what a view!
After some searching I found RAWtherapee, to correct the crazy distortion. Then it's a breeze, so no negative comment on that.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania