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

reviewer#12176 date: Mar-10-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zenitar 16, Samyang e-mount 8
price paid:£220
positive:The full-fishy experience on APS-C. Affordable.
negative:Fixed hood (some models don't have this). Size.
comment:Wide and bulbous. I tend to use this on my NEX-7 with an LA-EA1 adapter, where it works very well, but I do feel rather envious of those who bought the faster e-mount version of this lens - not for the extra stop but for the size difference. Mine has the fixed hood, which prevents it being used to full effect as a circular fish-eye on 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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