Samyang 35mm F1.4 AF FE E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45794 date: Nov-30-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss 32 F1.8 Touit
Rokinon 35 F1.2
Neewer 35 F1.2
Sony FE 35 F1.4 Distagon
Sony A 35 F1.4 G
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony FE 35 F1.8
Rokinon 35 F1.8
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Yongnuo EF 35 F2
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF 35 F2.8
Sony FE 35 F2.8 Sonnar
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Sony FE 40 F2.5 G
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
price paid:424 USD (used)
67 mm filter size
negative:Size and weight
Lack of sealing
Alloy exterior
comment:This was a nice looking used copy with original hood and front lens cap from a large eBay store. The lens had a minor misalignment problem, but that is typical of 35mm primes. It was much better aligned than the Sony A 35mm F1.4 G that I had just returned or the FE 35mm F1.4 Distagon I had tried previously and even a bit better than any of the F1.8's I've tried so far. A much cheaper used copy had worse alignment and inaccuracy in AF-S.

This lens is larger and heavier than their 50mm and 85mm F1.4 AF primes or the 35mm F1.4 GM. It has a similar amount of distortion as the Minolta/Sony 35mmm F1.4 G. Overall image quality is much better than the old SLR lens. The Sony FE 35mm F1.8 is sharper outside the center of the frame.

It has a much warmer color cast than the more recent F1.8 lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 3.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.25 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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