Samyang 8mm F3.5 Asph IF MC Fisheye CS A-mount lens review by hokkaidojan

reviewer#10604 date: Oct-19-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:¥20,000 (new)
positive:Great focal length
Sharpness close up and infinity *see comments*
Build quality
Detachable hood
negative:Needs adjusting from the store
Lens cap while works, is a bit crap
comment:Bought this lens online for a bargain (¥20.000).
When it arrived, immediatly I was impressed with the look and the build quality.
Read about focusing issues online, and sure enough mine was waaay out.
To get a relatively sharp focus on an object 2ft away, had to set the lens to infinity.
So as per internet tutorials, I measured a subject at 2ft away, focused it (at infinity) loosened the 3 smalle scews under the focus ring, and moved the focus ring to 2ft.
Boom, I now have an incredibly sharp lens! Focus at 1ft is tack sharp, as is infinity.

Love this lens now, don't want to take it off! The colours, contrast is all very decent, easily comparing to high end lenses!

Mine is the "CSII" version that supposedly has updated optics and a removable hood.

At 3.5, the shots are very usable, sometimes appear quite sharp (not what i read elsewhere?) but from 5.6, this lens shines.

Beautiful lens once adjusted, I think it should be in everyones camera bag!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 38
  • sharpness: 4.53
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 4.63
  • flare control: 4.34
  • overall: 4.54 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania