Samyang 24mm F2.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44182 date: Nov-27-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
price paid:242 USD (new)
positive:Compact and light
negative:Sample variation
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comment:I ordered this lens after being impressed with their smaller 35mm F2.8. This lens is slightly larger and more expensive than the 35 mm. The first Rokinon copy had an obvious alignment problem wide-open. The second and third copies were slightly better. I kept the sharpest copy of the three. This copy also had a somewhat wider angle-of-view. I later tried a fourth Samyang branded copy. This one was even better aligned and slightly wider again. "MADE IN KOREA"

The alignment issues are mainly noticeable wide-open on the A6000. The image quality across the frame is more consistent than the old 24 mm primes. It also has much better image quality outside the center of the frame on the A7II than the Sony E 16 F2.8 on the A6000. The Distagon is definitely sharper over much of the frame.

It seems most wide-angle lenses suffer some amount of misalignment which is noticeable wide-open especially with small pixels--even relatively slow primes like this one.

I'd much rather carry around this little lens, than the enormous Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C or Rokinon 16mm F2 APS-C lenses. I would like to see more small FE offerings like this and the 35mm F2.8.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.30 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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