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Samyang 12 mm f/2.0 NCS CS

28 May 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

10. Focusing

The Samyang 2/12 is a manual lens so without autofocus. Usually such devices come with a depth of field scale, etched or painted on their bodies, which makes your work a bit easier. It’s a pity the Samyang company decided not to do it this time, especially that the lens doesn’t have any contacts either so mirrorless lenses like the Fujifilm X-E1, used in the test, simply don’t recognize it and can’t communicate with it at all. The electronic distance scale, displayed by the camera is inactive.

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Fortunately the parameters of the tested lens offer you a significantly long depth of field which, combined with the „focus peaking” mode ensures you comfortable focusing. It’s worth mentioning here that even at the maximum relative aperture the focus setting at less than 4 meters can provide a sharp image from less than two meters to infinity. If you close down the aperture to f/4.0 the problem of focusing practically disappears because setting the focus at less than 2 meters gives you a sharp image from almost 1 meter to infinity.