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Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye

4 September 2012
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • small, well-built and very handy casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • excellent image quality on the edge of the frame including the maximum relative aperture,
  • low chromatic aberration,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • decently corrected coma,
  • high transmission,
  • very good price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • noticeable vignetting,
  • no depth of field scale.

The tested lens fares a bit worse than the Samyang 7.5 mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT for mirrorless cameras with a Micro 4/3 sensor, so praised by us. The difference is especially noticeable when you compare the results in vignetting and work against bright light. Still you can defend the Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye quoting two important factors. First of all it is faster and designed to work on a bigger detector. Such features raise the standards significantly and you have to admit the Samyang still didn’t have any problems with meeting them. At a quite moderate price you get a nifty device, able to provide really sharp images across the frame starting already from the maximum relative aperture – it would be foolish to demand more. Mirrorless NX and NEX system cameras have now another very interesting and completely recommendable lens. Every user of a camera of that type, interested in a “fisheye” device, should seriously consider buying the Samyang 2.8/8. I suppose the launch of this lens models with Canon M and Fujifilm XF mounts is only a matter of time.

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Sample shots

Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.37 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.39 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.09 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 4.99 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 4.4 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/15 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 4.92 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 4.39 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.83 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/40 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.38 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.12 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 3.56 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.49 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.23 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.8 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.12 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/750 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.55 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/50 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 4.55 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.23 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 4.49 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.14 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.76 MB
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye - Summary
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.25 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5 MB
Camera: Samsung NX10
Parameters: 8 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4592×3056 pix, 5.06 MB



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