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

reviewer#9061 date: May-29-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:the wide end of a kitlens
price paid:€240 (new)
positive:- price
- versatility
- needs almost no focussing past 5.6; pretty sharp
- pleasantly warm colours in full sunshine
- distortion
- little CA past f5.6/
negative:- very very soft at full aperture
- only 'M' mode
- colours arent really special without sunshine/bright light source
comment:My only grudge with this lens is that you need some good lighting for good colours and contrast, or a very long shutter speed; even so not a very big problem because this lens works very very well with sony's SSS... makes shooting at 1/3s easy!

i called this fixed focal length lens versatile.. which may puzzle you; but composing is a heap of fun, as it is easy to add/omit things from the image (take half a step back/forwards) and it is the only lens i have that can make a good overview-picture of a really small space, where the kitlens is too narrow.

Another thing- i really like the distortion; it is oddly 'harmonious'- making walls on the edges rounded, but not distractingly round. Even people/faces/items in the picture arent overly stretched or rounded- given that you dont take a picture of things closer than 30cm or put a face/body right at the edge of the frame.

Conclusion: the lens isnt a work of art, but it works well for me and damn its fun to use!

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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