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Samyang 50 mm f/1.4 AS UMC

3 December 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

10. Focusing

The tested lens is a manual device so the focus can only be set by using a wide and comfortable ring you can find on its barrel; the ring’s work, however, is beyond reproach. It is a bit of a pity that Samyang didn’t fit the lens with even the simplest “screwdriver” which would allow an automatic focusing on more advanced Nikon reflex cameras or Pentax and Sony bodies. The lack of autofocus is not keenly felt in case of wide angle instruments which constitute the majority of Samyang’s line-up, but in a case of a fast prime the autofocus can often improve the shooting significantly. Additionally, the Canon mount version of the lens doesn’t have any contacts so there’s no focus confirmation option available.

Still a very clear depth of field scale the producer put on the lens body right under the ring makes the manual focusing a lot easier.

Samyang 50 mm f/1.4 AS UMC - Focusing


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