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

reviewer#8694 date: Feb-24-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 10-20, Sony 18-70
price paid:207 EUR
positive:A ton of fun, built like a tank, colour(!!), small, sharp!!
comment:This is special! I thinks it's pretty difficult to rate the distortion because it IS a fisheye and the distortion is part of the fun. One of the first things I noticed was colours. In many respects it reminds me of Minolta-colours. Popping, clean and vibrant. Stopped down a bit it's a no-brainer to use even though it's manual everything. Only regret is that I hestitated to buy it.

I'm not sure how it rates on flare control yet but I haven't had the chance to shoot in the sun with it yet. Winter is like that around here!:-(

Update: Had a chance to shoot in the sun today and I'm very impressed by the flare control! Very impressed!!

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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