Samyang 35mm F1.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45614 date: Nov-25-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony FE 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
Pentax-FA 43 F1.8 Limited
price paid:359 USD (new)
positive:Size and weight
Sharp wide-open
Low distortion
Little mechanical vignette
Focus speed and accuracy
Chromatic aberration
Some coma in corners
Corner shading
Minor breathing
Dock required for firmware updates
comment:I had been waiting for months for this lens to become "available soon" as it continued to be promised. I ordered it direct from with another Lens Station thrown in for free. "MADE IN KOREA"

Initial testing is very good--comparable to the large Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 with somewhat more vignette. It is sharper at F2.8 than their little 35 F2.8. AF-S accuracy is good. It has more CA than the F2.8 primes.

The Sony FE 35 F1.8 is sharper in the corners wide-open, but the corners on this lens improve more stopped down. There seems to be a minor misalignment which causes the left side to be not as sharp as the right side. The Sony is more even. It shows less chromatic aberration than the Sony, especially less purple fringing. The background rendering tend to be smoother.

Overall a very nice small 35mm. It is better a lens than their 45mm, but not quite as good as their later 24 F1.8. I may replace it with the Sigma 35mm F2.

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 3.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 3.95 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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