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Samyang AF 35 mm f/2.8 FE

6 December 2017
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary


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Pros:

  • Very good image quality in the frame centre,
  • Good image quality on the edge of APS-C/DX,
  • Sensible image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • Low longitudinal chromatic aberration
  • Very low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • Lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • Moderate astigmatism,
  • Sensible autofocus.

Cons:

  • Not especially sturdy barrel,
  • Noticeable coma,
  • Huge vignetting.

During our test we were comparing the Samyang to its noticeably more expensive and more solidly built rival, the Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35 mm f/2.8 ZA. In most of categories the Samyang prevailed and I think it’s enough to recommend that lens to any potential buyer. The casing, though, worries us a bit as it seems to be very delicate. Still, we had an opportunity to test it just for two weeks, it’s very difficult to say how it would behave after several years of intensive wear and tear. As for now we can say just that you deal here with a very small and lightweight lens which fits the idea of a handy, mirrorless system very well, no matter whether you are going to attach it to a full frame camera or a camera with an APS-C sensor.

If I had to choose between the tested Samyang and the more expensive Sonnar I think I would take the risk and buy the Korean lens. I suppose many Sony FE system users might make the same decision.