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

reviewer#44174 date: Nov-17-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Rokinon AF FE 24 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
Yongnuo EF 35 F2
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2 & RS
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
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:212 USD (used)
positive:Tiny, light, and inexpensive
Full hybrid AF support
Clamshell case and hood included
Lens Compensation
negative:Misalignment/variation
Some focusing noise
Dock required for firmware updates
comment:A new looking copy with original retail packaging but with an aftermarket rear lens cap. It has been steadily discounted as low as $175 recently at one of the major New York retailers. The Tamron has also been discounted to $200 recently.

It is actually smaller than the APS-C Sigma 30 F2.8 DN primes with less distortion and slightly better CA control. The larger Tamron has even better CA control and is even sharper at the edges. The older slightly larger and heavier Sony ZA performs worse in the corners.

Autofocus works well, similar to the APS-C Sigma but without the phase-detect being limited to just the center. It performed so well that I decided to pick up an A7II to use it on instead of trying the expensive Sony 24 F1.8 ZA Sonnar.

It has a small amount of barrel distortion. There is a minor alignment issue that becomes more noticeable stopped down that causes the right side of the image not to sharpen as much as the left side.

For being the smallest full-frame AF lens it works well overall. I might try another copy, but I don't so much mind the bulk and worse AF of the sealed Tamron.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.83
  • flare control: 4.17
  • overall: 4.57
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