Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC A-mount lens review by tgx78

reviewer#8380 date: Dec-9-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:17-35D
20mm 2.8
price paid:400 CDN (new)
positive:very sharp even wide open
neutral color
low price
no AF confirm
comment:This lens is hard to master but really rewards you with sharp and detailed images once you learn how to use it. Full manual control really makes you think before each shots are taken. I correct distortion with PTLens in CS5 but still there are trace of diagonal distortion if you are not careful about composition. Let's talk about sharpness.. this lens is one amazing pixel resolving machine! At f/2.8, 80% of image field is already sharp! around f/5.6 almost 95% coverage becomes sharp - truly outstanding. negatives - mounting filters can be challenging. flare control is bad, and as I said earlier.. barrel distortion with a mustache-style sub-frequency.

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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