Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC E-mount lens review by Komo

reviewer#23464 date: Jan-1-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Sigma 8-16
price paid:A$469
positive:Very wide field of view
Modest distortion
Built like a tank
No filters possible
No depth of field indicators
Full manual
comment:When moving to full frame I wanted something that could match my Sigma 8-16 for a reasonable price. The Samyang seems heavy on my A7II and I use it less than I used to use the APS-C Sigma. I'm not a pixel peeper, but it seems quite sharp and the distortion is usually not noticeable, but can become apparent in architectural images with strong lines. I rarely use the f2.8, rather staying around 5.6 or 8 where depth of field is impressive. In the light of this, the recently announced Voigtländer 10, 12 & 15mm lenses for FE mount sound interesting.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 2.50
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 3.70 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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