Lens review

Samyang 35 mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS

Samyang 35 mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS
26 November 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

When first mirrorless devices with Micro 4/3 and APS-C sensors were launched on the market many people expected small, handy cameras and similar, dedicated lenses, more often than not faster than their full frame equivalents. It is an interesting fact that third-part producers were actually the first to profit from assets of the smaller detectors; companies which launched such cameras usually added lenses with typical aperture fastness. It’s enough you mention here Olympus; after the launch of their system the line-up of dedicated lenses for many years featured just f/1.8 devices and f/1.2 instruments were shown only not so long ago. Meanwhile the Voigtlanders f/0.95 have been available since 2010.

A similar situation can be observed in the Fujifilm X system. You get many fixed-focal f/1.4–2.0 lenses but if you want to find something faster there is just one: the Fujinon XF 56 mm f/1.2 (offered in two versions). Once again that gap has been filled by independent producers which can offer you many interesting f/1.2 models. One of them is the Samyang 35 mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS offered in Sony, Canon EOS-M and Micro 4/3 mount versions. How did it fare in our test? Read the following chapters and find out!

We would like to thank the Fototechnika company, the sole distributor for Samyang devices in Poland, for lending us one specimen of the lens which we used in our test.

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Samyang 35 mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS - Introduction

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