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

reviewer#45787 date: Nov-24-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 45 F1.8 FE
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD (VC & non VC)
Minolta MD 45 F2
Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN C
Rokinon 50 F1.2
Yongnuo 50 F1.4
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
Sony FE 50 F1.8
Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM
Meike 50 F1.7
Fotasy 50 F1.8
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 56 F1.6
Konica AR 57 F1.4
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
price paid:288 USD (used)
positive:Overall decent
negative:Chromatic Aberration
Warm color cast
Breathing
comment:Like-new Rokinon branded version in retail box purchased from an individual on fredmiranda.com. I've been using an EF-mount version for Yongnuo 50 F1.4 which is pretty good optically but uses a very basic DC motor. Unlike more recent Samyang lenses, this lens has an alloy outer shell. It is approximately the same size as the Yongnuo on an adapter but 100 g lighter.

It has more chromatic aberration in the extreme corners than the old 6 element planar designs, but it is well controlled within the 1:1 square. The Yongnuo and Sony ZA SSM are somewhat sharper in the center wide open.

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
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