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Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC

30 March 2011
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very good, momentarily even splendid image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge, even on full frame,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • splendidly corrected astigmatism,
  • the smallest vignetting in the 1.4/35 class lenses,
  • decent work against bright light,
  • very good price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • visible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • noticeable coma.

In this summary you can write just one thing: aces of the photographical market, it’s high time you got down to work seriously! If Samyang is able to launch a 540$ lens which, when it comes to the image quality, is only slightly worse than the Canon 35L, which can compete on equal terms with the Nikkor 1.4/35G and leaves far behind the Sony 1.4/35G; if such a lens is able to correct the lateral chromatic aberration, coma and vignetting the best of all instruments in this group and it is not worse when it comes to the distortion and astigmatism correction, what else could be said here?

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It is known – the reputable companies will try to tempt us with an ultrasonic autofocus, weather-resistance or a barrel made of magnesium alloys. These features are important and worth being taken into consideration for sure. You should remember, though, that we pay a lot for them because Canon and Nikon lenses can be even four times more expensive than the Samyang, tested here.

I am very curious indeed how the situation on the market will change when Samyang starts to equip its lenses with an autofocus…


Sample shots

Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.44 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.9 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.6, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.56 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.11 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.03 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.2, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.63 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.03 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.19 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.48 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.47 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.61 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.07 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/6400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.27 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.21 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.74 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.28 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.91 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.67 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.08 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.99 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.08 MB
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC  - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.66 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.49 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.13 MB



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