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

reviewer#38891 date: Jul-1-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:
price paid:US$279 (new)
positive:Very sharp right across an APS-C frame from closest focus to infinity even at f/2.8, f/2.8 allows plenty of light for astro, very affordable, acceptably wide for work on APS-C, nice colours on my SLT-A57.
negative:Significant barrel/moustache distortion (correctable), the focus scale is way out - actual infinity focus is achieved at 0.7m on the focus scale with mine, no EXIF to camera, manual focus. Slightly soft corners on SLT-A99, but only if you pixel peep
comment:Not without its quirks - work around those however and this lens can reward you with some stunning imagery. Some people report elsewhere they got bad copies (bad coatings and softer on one side) - thankfully mine is a good one, YMMV. I can correct distortion using The Gimp and GimpLensfun, but only 1 at a time - am still searching for a free method to batch correct the distortion so I can do corrected timelapses of city/cloudscapes. For the money its a winner! Mine is Rokinon brand.

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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