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Samyang 135 mm f/2.0 ED UMC

5 July 2015
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • sensational resolution in the frame centre,
  • excellent image quality on the edge of APS-C/DX,
  • very good image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • negligible lateral chromatic aberration,
  • no problems with spherical aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • invisible coma,
  • low astigmatism,
  • nice background blur,
  • excellent price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • too high vignetting on full frame.

When Samyang raised the prices of their newest lenses plenty of people said that they’ve become too big for their boots. Still the performance of the Samyang 135 mm f/2.0 ED UMC proves the move wasn’t so completely pointless. The new lens is better than the much-acclaimed Canon 135L and doesn’t have any particular problems to compete on equal terms with the Zeiss Apo Sonnar 2/135. Yes, the same Zeiss which costs over 7,000 PLN, a device recognized by us as one of the best out of almost four hundred instruments tested so far.

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That’s why we don’t have the slightest doubts that the Samyang 135 mm f/2.0 ED UMC deserves the Lenstip ‘Editor’s Choice’ award. Let’s hope there are more and more such constructions on the market!

Samyang 135 mm f/2.0 ED UMC - Summary