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Lens review

2009-05-12
 

Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye

11. Summary


Pros:
  • Good build quality
  • The use of difficult in making but good for photos stereographic projection
  • Excellent image quality in the center of the frame
  • Very good side-of-the-frame image quality
  • Relatively well-controlled coma
  • Insignificant astigmatism
  • Little vignetting

Cons:
  • Significant chromatic aberration around maximum aperture
  • It is impossible to use filters


We were very curious about the results of this review. Recently, we have been positively surprised by Samyang 85 mm f/1.4, which, around maximum aperture, could face even the most renowned competitors. Now, Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 finally arrived. Not only does it use difficult-to-implement stereographic projection but it also completes its basic tasks perfectly! First of all, we get very good image quality, both in the center and at the side of the frame. The lens features a great build, it has a little problem with chromatic aberration but all the other off-axis aberrations (distortion omitted) are well-controlled.

It is great news for everyone interested in the purchase of such an instrument and bad news for the dealers of Belarusian Peleng 3.5/8 mm, whose prices have recently reached a level absolutely inappropriate to its optical qualities.

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Sample shots:

Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1600 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 6.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/11, exp. 1/500 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/2000 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/500 sek., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/1500 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/2000 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.5 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 6.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/500 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 6.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/11, exp. 1/60 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 7.0 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/11, exp. 1/2500 sek., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/3.5, exp. 54 sek., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 46 sek., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB

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