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

12 May 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

9. Ghosting and flares

Looking at Samyang’s huge and convex front lens surrounded with a relatively small, built-in hood, I expected big problems in against-the-light performance. Zenitar 2.8/16 caused me a lot of aches and pains in this category and its front element is less convex than Samyang’s. When I took a couple of photos with the Korean lens, placing the Sun in different parts of the frame, I was positively surprised. At first sight, it is difficult to spot any ghosting or flares.

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


If we start to analyze the photos in 100% magnification, the artifacts can be found. Considering the field of view offered and the size of the front element, it is not as big a problem as it initially seemed to.

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

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