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Samyang AF 35 mm f/2.8 FE

6 December 2017
Maciej Latałło

10. Autofocus

The autofocus of the tested lens is quiet and reasonably fast. Running through the whole distance scale and finding the focus takes about 0.5-0.6 of a second.

When it comes to its accuracy, we noticed first symptoms of problems while taking sample shots outside. For every frame and aperture value I usually take 3-4 shots, to check the repetitiveness of settings among other things. In such situations, in spite of lack of over-sharpening, the Samyang had misses once in a dozen photos or so. As a result, after a whole series consisting of more than a dozen to twenty shots one usually was very blurry.

That effect was less pronounced in the studio but still noticeable. Fortunately, after deleting the worst shots, the dispersion between the rest was very low. It also should be noticed that at the time we tested the lens there was no new version of software which was released in November 2017.

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The lens didn’t have any front or back focus tendencies. In the photo below you can notice the depth is a bit shifted toward the photographer but still it encompasses the photographed object; mind you the photo was taken at the most demanding combination of the minimum focusing distance and the maximum relative aperture.

A7R II, f/2.8
Samyang AF 35 mm f/2.8 FE - Autofocus