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

reviewer#37856 date: May-7-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Voightlander 15mm f4.5 iii. Minolta 20mm f2.8. Konica Minolta 17-35mm f2.8-4. Zeiss 16-35 f2.8
price paid:200 GBP
positive:Beautifully smooth manual focusing. Much sharper than reviews here would have you believe when shooting close for affect.
negative:About as sharp as the reviews here would have you believe if you try shooting interiors. Plasticy.
comment:A little to soft for photographing interiors but really rather sharp when used close up. A great lens for playing with creatively.
I paid 4x the price for the voigtlander 15mm and it is an FE lens so there really isn't a comparison but the Samy 14mm does things that it can't and therefore I'm going to keep it.

UPDATE. Don't stop down to much "f5.6" and it is sharper than I thought and usable for shooting interiors.

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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