Samyang 50mm F1.4 AF FE II E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#46886 date: Sep-26-2022
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Rokinon 45 F1.8 FE
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD (VC & non VC)
Minolta MD 45 F2
Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN C
Lensbaby Sol 45 F3.5
Rokinon 50 F1.2
Sony FE 50 F1.4 ZA Planar
Sony A 50 F1.4 ZA SSM Planar
Yongnuo YN50 F1.4
Rokinon AF 50 F1.4 FE
Zeiss C/Y 50 F1.4 Planar
Canon EF 50 F1.4 USM
Sigma 50 F1.4 EX DG HSM
Minolta MD 50 F1.4 & AF & Sony (D)
Minolta MD 50 F1.7 & AF & RS
Meike 50 F1.7
Sony FE 50 F1.8
Yongnuo YN50 F1.8S DF DSM
Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM
Konica AR 50 F1.8
Vivitar 50 F1.8
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Sony E 50 F1.8 OSS
Minolta MD 50 F2
Neewer/Meike/Vivitar 50 F2
Konica AR 52 F1.8
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Sony FE 55 F1.8 Sonnar
Minolta SR 55 F2
Lensbaby Velvet 56 F1.6
Konica AR 57 F1.4
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
price paid:531 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Wide-open center sharpness
Minimal breathing
"Weather sealing"
negative:Alignment/spacing issues
Edge mushiness
comment:I've decided that 778 grams is too much for an F1.4 normal prime, and I do not care for the astigmatism of FE ZA Planar. I also have mixed feelings about the older Samyang AF 50mm F1.4.

On paper this looks to be a great compromise for a normal prime. It is a nice size and weight.

This is the sharpest wide-open F1.4 prime I've used so far--a bit sharper than the FE Planar with just a bit of directional fringing. But the edges are not very sharp even stopped down. It might be a spacing issue, as the published MTF chart looks better, but reviews showed similar performance. The corners are similar to the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM.

This seems a good option for centered portraits, but fairly poor choice for other uses.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.20 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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