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

reviewer#11287 date: Aug-3-2013
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Minolta 20mm f2.8
price paid:250 USD (new)
Solid build
negative:Low light
Front element exposed
comment:This is a very fun lens with all manual controls. I fiddled with my infinity focus adjustment, but was never totally satisfied with results in viewfinder or LCD. On computer IQ is good, just looked soft in camera. Don't know how to explain better.

In low light found better luck with wider aperture lenses but that only makes sense. This lens is a bargain and hard to beat for occasional use. Wish it was full frame.

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
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