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

reviewer#11400 date: Oct-23-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:I have no comparison at this focal length.
price paid:$229 USD new
positive:Well built and a lot of fun. Good distortion control for this type of lens. Almost limitless DoF.
negative:Need to exercise care of front element. No communication with camera, no EXIF.
comment:This is not an everyday lens for me, but it is too good to call a novelty lens. It is well made and seems rock solid. It is not auto focus, but that is not important. I pretty much leave it at 3 feet and everything is sharp. You must manually set the aperture, but with EVF, that is not a problem. Of course, there is massive distortion with a lens of this focal length, but the design gives some control when I am careful to keep things level. Metering is tricky due to the wide view. I generally use Manual.

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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