Samyang 35mm F2.8 AF FE E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 2   
reviewer#44174 date: Nov-17-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Discover 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
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
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 32 F1.6
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
price paid:212 USD (used)
positive:Sharp wide-open corner-to-corner
Tiny and light
Full hybrid AF support
Very little distortion
Hard clamshell case
negative:Minor alignment problem
Minor focusing noise
Tiny hood/cap
40.5 mm cap on hood
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.
reviewer#44143 date: Oct-8-2018
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35mm F2 RS (a-mount)
kitlens 28-70 f4-5.6 (fe-mount)
price paid:250 (2nd)
positive:Small
good AF in normal light conditions (i didn't use it inside dark rooms yet).
good overall sharpness
very low weight
full frame
very affordable
49mm thread
doesn't feel cheap
there's a box included to keep the lenses clean at transport
firmware updates are possible (with the specific usb-adapter)
a handy lens-case is included
negative:only f2.8
tiny hood - not to say the first time it looks a bit weird.
no built in Stabilisation
don't loose the lens cap - it's very small 42mm)
less vulnerable than the 24mm for flare but still something too look out for.
comment:It's a tiny well made lens that's affordable - this one may be what you're looking for.
These lenses fit into your pocket - ideal companion on an a7.
Ideal for traveling/hiking and in-city-use.
I'm thinking of searching a better lens hood. It's too tiny to my taste and a better hood may be better to protect against flares.
I just got this lens - so i'll try to update this review (e.g. tests with the a6000)- these are first impressions.
flare is ok, but there is better available (more expensive 35mm)
compared to the 24mmf2.8 Samyang brother/sister-lens this one is overall sharper.
Distortion seems to be ok - lineair at least (i've got some extra tests to do).
2nd update of this review: after some usage in real photographical conditions (not test shots).
The flare resistance is better than the 24mm f2.8 Samyang AF (it deserves more than 4, but no 5).
The sharpness isn't bad at all - not to say sharp on the 24mpix-sensor A7II. The 35mm f2 Minolta may be a little bit sharper but it won't be so much.
I'm happy with the colors too.
Flare resistance is not perfect - but not as bad as the older lenses. More or less comparable with previous generation lenses from other manufacturers. So when avoiding direct sunlight into the glass - it'll work well.
AF in Low light (focus on A77 f2.8 @ 1600 iso) is fine.
We did an upgrade to firmware v3 after this real life shooting event - and next post will be about the results (it's also needed to tune the opening of the diafragm and if needed you can adapte the AF - only in 8 steps (-4 to +4).
reviews found: 2   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.55

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