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

reviewer#45814 date: Jan-14-2022
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Samyang 12mm f2 MF
Samyang 18mm & 35mm f2.8 AF primes
Sony 28-70mm FE OSS (the kit one)
Sony 16mm f2.8
Sony 16-50PZ
Sony 18-55mm & 55-210mm E lenses.
Meike 35mm f1.7 MF
Newer 32mm f1.6 MF
MF lenses in 28, 35, 50mm
All the A-mount SAM DT lenses
Lots of other A-mount lenses.
price paid:£180 UKP new
positive:Compact lens
sharp at full aperture
Very little distortion & CA (corrections on)
Useful UW lens on FF and W on APS-C
Useful case
negative:Not much
Some flickering during AF.
Samyang lens station PC interface is very poor.
comment:Another of the compact f2.8 AF primes from Samyang. A useful wide angle on FF which gets plenty of sky in without making the scene too tiny. It works well the A7Rii though AF speed depends on the AF setting (AF-S is contrast detect only) which is not the lens's fault.
On APS-C (Nex-6) it makes a very nice wide-standard lens (~35mm equivalent) and is both fast enough and compact enough to be a good choice.

I do notice a little flickering during AF with all the Samyang lenses which doesn't appear on the Sony ones, which may be a firmware issue.
Tried updating the firmware which was a huge mistake. The Samyang lens station PC interface is very poor and managed to kill the lens completely (unrecognisable on camera or lens station). Fortunately still in warrantee from shop, but unless you absolutely need a firmware update, my advice is don't.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.55 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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