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

reviewer#39921 date: Aug-14-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 1
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:SONY ZEISS 16-35mm F4
Minolta 17-35mm F2.8-4
Sigma DG 15-30mm F3.5-4.5
price paid:240
positive:Sharp, very sharp from F4 Edge to Edge even compare to SONY ZEISS 16-35mm F4
no comma, best for astronomy
F2.8 usable
Color is warmer than the Zeiss
negative:Semi-fisheye distortion, although it can be correct by PS
Large & Heavy
cannot add filter easily
comment:For ultrawide lens, It is always a trade-off between distortion control and edge sharpness. the Samyang 14mm F2.8 give-up the distortion control. Still, It is good at landscape and astronomy. For this range, Auto focus is not a must.

the Sigma 15-30mm is the first I got, its EXP become lighter when taking real shot, and its color is horrible. It large and heavy

the Minolta 17-35mm is the best minolta color (the ZEISS is a little blue tone & Samyang is a bit yellow) but the edge resolution is so poor and even F11 didn't improve too much.

Samyang 14mm give me end to end sharpness, but when use in architect or city you must correct every photo. It large and heavy, its a prime, sometime you have to crop the photo to get what you want

Zeiss is best for walk arround snapshot, It got OSS as well. but it got comma at night and I cost more

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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