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

reviewer#11331 date: Sep-6-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Sony 16mm
Minolta 20mm
Sigma 10mm Fish
price paid:189GBP
Easy of Use
Sharp (5.6 Up)
Very Light
negative:Focus needed sorting out of box
Soft(ish) at 3.5
Lens hood
comment:I bought this lens for a wedding after using a Sigma 10mm Fish a few months earlier at another wedding.

First off, out of the box I was disappointed with the focus and sharpness. However after reading some posts online and adjusting the focus, I love this lens.

The build is very good and I have been caught in a heavy rain shower with it attached with no issues. The only negative about the build is the lens hood, it feels cheap and tacky.

The lens is sharp after f/5.6 and easy to use on the A77 but harder to tell whether correct focus has been achieved on the A200 or non focus peaking equipped camera.

I have had allot of use out of the lens, weddings, portraits and landscapes and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap, easy to use, well built fisheye.

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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