Samyang 45mm F1.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by Collingsandheal

reviewer#44343 date: Aug-11-2019
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Sony FE 35mm f1.8. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:£350.00
positive:Weight, size, sharpness, colours rendition, silent fast autofocus.
Images are indistinguishable from those made with the latest Sony FE 35mm f1.8 except for the difference in focal length.
negative:The hood. Some will describe the build as plasticy which is disingenuous for a truly brilliant bit of lightweight design.
comment:My build rating is based on the fact that this is an ultra light lens, brilliant to travel with and have on your camera all day long. The hood serves only to protect the front of the lens so my flare rating is based on use with an aftermarket lens hood.

This is one awesome lens, tack sharp, fantastic colours, very little if any distortion and as light as a feather. I love 45mm as a focal length but you will need to try that for yourself. I just find it really natural to use.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.67 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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