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

reviewer#9253 date: Jul-24-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:Konica Minolta 17-35 D
price paid:230 Euro (NEW)
Good optics
Nice colors
Nice MF ring
negative:The lens cap attaching is awful.
No electronic connection with the camera.
comment:(First sorry for my English, that's my first review)

I own the Rokinon variant of this lens about 4-5 days.
I'm really surprised from the optical quality for this type of lens.
I find it very sharp even wide open, the build quality is great, the focus ring is smooth.
The flare control and CA are good too.

On A700 works really good in Aperture priority, the camera sets the correct shutter speed.
When You catch so much in the frame sometimes is really hard to keep some parts from blowing and get the perfect exposure, I use AEL like spot metering on the brightest part of the frame and then re-frame the shot.

I give 4 for build rating only because the lens cap, it's really chunky.
There is not electronics, so You don't have aperture info in the exif, its always f/1.

Here are some full sized shots from me with A700, this lens just amazes me with it's sharpness and good colors:

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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