Samyang 50mm F1.4 AF FE E-mount lens review by jkp1

reviewer#29657 date: Aug-15-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Contax Planar/Zeiss 50mm f1.7T*
Minolta AF28-75f2.8
Minolta AF24, AF28
Sony AF70-200f2.8
price paid:4650 dkr
positive:Nice looking lens, feels well build with no big pitfalls.
Good secure mount, no play.
Ok AF speed with big apertures.
Sharpness seems really good.
negative:The AF speed gets slower and slower as you stop down the lens. At f/8 its not fast.
Manual focus by wire...strange feeling ! Speaking about focus which is not fully silent, but anyhow "noisy" enough to impede sound when shooting video. "Whining" sound. Same goes for the aperture system.
Some noise even when not manipulating the focus or aperture. Something is going clue of what.
This way of focusing/aperture may also drag some power of battery, but i have no clue how much if noticeable at all.
No weather sealing. Maybe not a big deal as lenses in many year haven't been sealed.
The noise is major reason for i do not own the lens anymore. Beware, noise would be of no concern if only shooting photos, sound levelmaybe comparable to SAM or lower.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.38
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.58 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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