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Samyang 16 mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS

21 August 2013
Szymon Starczewski

10. Focusing


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As we wrote in the third chapter, the Samyang 2/16 is equipped with a big, comfortable manual focus ring which full working range amounts to as much as 160 degrees. Taking the parameters of the tested lens into account it is really a lot, allowing you to set the focus very precisely; a clear depth of field scale, put on the lens, makes it even easier. It is a bit pity, though, that most of the range of the ring covers the range from 0.2 to 0.5 metres so distances less typical for the tested instrument and used less often.

Samyang 16 mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS - Focusing

With such a wide angle of view the lack of an autofocus is hardly bothersome. For example by f/2.8 it’s enough you set the focusing scale at 4.6 meters to enjoy sharp images from 2.3 meters to infinity. By f/5.6 you can practically forget about setting the focus at all. Moving the ring to 2.3 meters results in sharp images from 1.15 meters to infinity.