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

reviewer#8970 date: Apr-28-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:
price paid:~285€ (new)
positive:-Angle of view
-Fastest "AF" of the world, when stopped down to F8 ;)
-Very good flare control 8mm
negative:-I don't like the lens cap (and it's hard to get any other that fits)
-No filter attachable (no IR shots possible)
-You can see any dust, dirt or fingerprints on the front-lens if aperture is stopped down more than F5.6
-Lens hood is not easily removable for fullframe or film camera
-Not chipped
-Sometimes strong purple fringing
comment:Strong distortion is not a bug, it's a feature :)

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania