Samyang 35mm F2.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44174 date: Nov-17-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 AF FE 24 F2.8
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
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
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Sony FE 35 F2.8 Sonnar
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
Pentax-FA 43 F1.9 Limited
Samyang AF 45 F1.8 FE
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 45 F2
Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN C
price paid:212 USD (used)
positive:Sharp wide-open
Tiny and light
Full hybrid AF support
Very little distortion
Hard clamshell case
negative:Minor alignment problem
Minor focusing noise
comment:New looking copy with original retail packaging. Nearly as sharp as the slightly larger Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art. It has even less distortion than the Art lens. It seems to have slightly better CA control than the Sigma. This copy has an alignment issue with a directional glow to high contrast edges when used wide-open (coma). This causes some lost in sharpness only really noticeable by magnifying the smaller APS-C pixels.

Autofocus works quite well, very similar to the Sigma Art but without the phase-detect being limited to just the center. This little lens performed so well that I decided to pick up an A7II to use it on. The image quality of this lens on the A7II is much better than any of the 24-25 mm primes on the A6000/A68.

This little plastic lens is better aligned than either of the Sony Zeiss 35's I've tried.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.58
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