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Samyang 10 mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS

16 June 2014
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • sensibly corrected chromatic aberration,
  • good correction of spherical aberration,
  • not especially high coma,
  • moderate astigmatism,
  • interesting parameters.

Cons:

  • weak image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • too high distortion,
  • work against bright light should have been better,
  • distinct vignetting.

Such lenses as the Tokina 11–16 mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 10–20 mm f/3.5 raised the standards very high because both are very good instruments. Still we thought that the Samyang 2.8/10, being a fixed-focal lens with parameters not so far removed from those of the zooms, would be able to defeat the Sigma and the Tokina in most categories. It managed to do so only when it came to the resolution in the centre and the chromatic aberration correction. Unfortunately in other important categories it lost, including the resolution on the edge of the frame and the distortion. It has one more serious flaw – you can’t attach any filters to it.

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The price might be the Samyang’s one saving grace. Right after the launch you have to pay for it less than 1500 PLN while the Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 costs about 2000 PLN and the slower Sigma 10–20 mm – about 1800 PLN on special offer. If the Samyang’s price goes down even a bit it might become a really attractive option. However currently the rivals offer too much to make the Samyang really popular on the market.