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

reviewer#20397 date: Oct-28-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:None
price paid:250 USD New
positive:Light, solid build, good sharpness and color.
negative:No filters available. This wide takes practice to avoid getting your feet in the shot :-)
comment:This is the same lens as the Rokinon 8mm which is the one I have. It's quite sharp, and for the price unbeatable.

It would have been nice if it was chipped so it could save the lens info in the meta data, but it's not a deal breaker.

Don't worry that it's manual focus because pretty much everything past 6 ft is infinity and pretty sharp. Focus peaking helps prove this point..

Flare is more than possible if the sun isn't behind you completely. Even when it's off to the side it can catch enough of the front element to cause flaring.

Be careful with the front element, the lens cap is good during storage, but during use you can easily scratch it. There aren't any filters for protection, or for modifying.

Not a lens you'll use every day (unless you shoot landscapes a lot), but it's a lot of fun and gets some great shots.

Best uses: Landscapes, Real-Estate, Artistic.

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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