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

reviewer#44182 date: Nov-27-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony 24 F2 SSM Distagon
Sony FE 24 F2.8 G
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
price paid:242 USD (new)
positive:Compact and light
Fast, quiet motor
Minimal distortion
Very little breathing
Lens Compensation
negative:Sample variation/alignment
low contrast
Chromatic aberrations
Focus accuracy
Firmware updates require dock
comment:I ordered this lens after being impressed with their little AF 35mm F2.8. This lens is a bit larger and more expensive. 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. The misalignment is mostly noticeable when pixel peeping with small pixels. "MADE IN KOREA"

The sharpness across the frame is much more consistent than old retrofocus wide primes including the Sony ZA SSM Distagon. The larger Tamron is a bit sharper mid frame. The Tamron and Sony G have wider angle-of-view and much more barrel distortion.

It has just a bit more breathing than the Sony FE 35mm F1.8 or the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G. The servo motor is also quiet, smooth and consistent.

For unknown reason several reviewers falsely claim the mount is painted plastic, but it is definitely metal alloy. The alloy may not be as good a mount material choice as the polycarbonate used in the rest of the lens. The fit and finish is better than Sony or Zeiss branded lenses.

I'd much rather carry around this little lens than the large Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C or Samyang 16mm F2 APS-C lenses.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.53 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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