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

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#44503 date: Apr-29-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Many Minolta lenses via adapter.
price paid:£150
positive:Size, very small and light.
negative:Focus by wire.
comment:Unlike the data provided mine focuses down to 30cm, so max. magnification slightly greater.
Sharp in centre and over most of frame when closed up a bit.
reviewer#44499 date: Apr-21-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Sigma A mount 35mm f1.4 Art, SAL24f2Z, SAL50f14Z, SAL50f1.4, Minolta 50mm f1.7, Minolta28mm f2.8
price paid:$170 USD
positive:Everything about this lens has been wonderful when the price paid, size and performance are compared.
negative:Very pasticky, the hood is a gimmick
comment:Others have reported centering issues with this lens; no me. I am happy with the price paid. A good cure for GAS for not much money. The images obtained are close to my Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art in the centre......so no complaints here.
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 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
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
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
Requires dock for firmware updates
comment:A new looking copy with original retail packaging but with a aftermarket rear lens cap. It has been steadily discounted down to $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 is sharper at the edges. The Sony ZA performs worse in the corners.

Autofocus works quite well, similar to the Sigma Art 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. It beats the 24-25 mm primes on the A6000/A68.

It has a small amount of barrel distortion. There is some 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. The bulkier Tamron has less CA.

For being the smallest full-frame AF lens it works well overall. I might try another copy.
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; 61MP61 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: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.50

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