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

reviewer#45628 date: Dec-25-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.2
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:Sony FE 35mm F1.8
price paid:289 GBP
negative:Poor quality control
Purple fringing
comment:Purchased this on offer in the UK. Very disappointed after the positive reviews - my first Samyang lens. Although sharp across the frame, with good colour rendition, the levels of purple fringing in shots with contrast was shocking. And to cap it all, the front ring where the lens hood attached was fitted incorrectly so the hood locked at 45 degrees off to where it should be! I'm amazed it got past QC!

rating summary

lens image
  • 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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