Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC E-mount lens review by onsplekkie

reviewer#44512 date: May-6-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:Voigtlander 1.7/35 Ultron
Carl Zeiss Loxia 2/35
Konica Hexanon 1.4/35
Nikon 1.4/35 Ais
price paid:175 euro secondhand
positive:Sharp wide open where it matters most.
Smooth focusring
High image quality for low price
negative:Heavy & large size for a 35mm lens. But compaired to smilair 1.4 lenses of other brands sort of the same so a neutral negative?
Need to stop down quite a bit to get that corners sharp.
Flare give smears through the whole image.
comment:If you you don't mind it's weight & size surely a lens that will give you the rendering & sharpness you're looking for in a 35mm 1.4 lens. Obviously it's manual focus only. It's colours & contrast not up to the quality of my Zeiss or Voigtlander 35mm. Best bang for buck for a 1.4 lens.

rating summary

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