Samyang 24mm F2.8 AF FE E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
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.
reviewer#44498 date: Apr-21-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:SAL24f2Z, SAL2470Z, Sigma35mm f1.4 Art, Minolta 28mmf2.8
price paid:$190 USD
positive:Tiny lens, light, easy to carry, adequate for the purpose, excellent value for money
negative:No weather sealing, could be sharper
comment:A wonderful addition to my E-mount collection. the lens is a perfect compromise between size and performance. I have no reason to complain.
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.
reviewer#44144 date: Oct-8-2018
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24 f2.8 (A-mount)
price paid:250€ (2nd)
positive:small lightweight lens
49mm filter thread
affordable
box to protect the lens is included
good AF in normal light
uses a normal lens cap
firmware updates possible (with the specific usb adapter)
the inclusion of a handy lens-case.
negative:tiny hood (it's easy to use though)
no Image stabilization
it's a full frame lens.
sharpness is ok - you have to stop down for the edges.
Flares may occur - it's not as bad as with the old manual focus-lenses, but not on par with comparable 24mm primes that are now sold by the competition.
Only f2.8 - and to get sharp corners you may need to stop down.
comment:It's a nice travel companion due to it's very low weight.
The sharpness and colors are good enough for my use.
The build isn't bad at all - i didn't have a plastic feeling.
If you're looking for low-weight travel primes, this is very low-weight. The better alternatives run at minimum 2x the price. It's a compromise lens for photographers on a budget.
The sharpness is fine - the competition may be a little bit sharper - but the weight/Size of the lens is there.
I'm going to test it soon on the A6000 - and we'll add to the review. This is a first look at this lens - i'll update it soon. Also read other reviews... And try it out yourself.
flare control - first tests indicate that in normal use there are no problems - you have to be careful with direct light into the lens than it flares easier than the 35mm f2.8 Samyang.
distortion - the lens is not without distortion - in certain scenario's it'll be visible as a complex moustache-distortion - the distortion is rather small, but when correcting images taken from paintings high above the head (e.g. churches) it may become visible during perspective correction.
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2nd review after more thorough testing on the A7II - it's small, had no AF-problems (latest firmware on the A7II - still 1st firmware on the samyang - now i have the usb-dock and i did the firmware-update to the latest version).
More than reasonable images full open, at f5.6 it's sharp as a knife. I'm not going to say it's a sharp as a >3x more expensive Zeiss - it's good enough for my needs. And it fits my pocket.
Even in darker circumstances like a thomb without much light the AF was still ok (not fast but working). I normal conditions where you take images at f4 - 1600ISO - the AF was accurate - not many misses as some report.
In a few cases (2 out of > 200) i found a little bit of moustache distortion - but it's not that bad it bothered me.
The flare restance is not perfect - if you avoid direct sunlight into the lens - it's not a big problem.
Next review will be on the latest firmware of this lens.
reviews found: 4   

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

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