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

reviewer#9783 date: Jan-13-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tokina 11-16mm
price paid:
positive:Best value fisheye lens
Great build for price
Fun to use
negative:Soft at f3.5 (not ideal in low light)
comment:Rented the lens for a week and tried it with a few of my normal shoots. Being a fully manual lens is not a problem, especially on the A77 where focus peaking confirms your focus. Stopping down it's very much a 'set and forget' lens. Very well suited for outdoor shooting.

I found it was less suited for low light work. I shoot a lot of live music where the distortion can make some interesting shots. The lens is a little soft at f3.5 and sometimes that's not enough to freeze any action. My Tokina 11-16 2.8 is a bit more flexible for that sort of shooting.

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