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Samyang AF 45 mm f/1.8 FE

Samyang AF 45 mm f/1.8 FE
12 September 2020
Maciej Latałło

1. Introduction

Samyang have been very consistent when it comes to their Sony FE autofocus lenses. Launches in that segment include devices with very different focal lengths and maximum apertures. What's more, you can also notice a tendency to include instruments with different physical dimensions. A pair of standard lenses is an excellent example of that policy. In 2016 the AF 50 mm f/1.4 FE, a big and heavy lens weighing over 0.5 kg, was shown to the public and in 2019 the line-up was complemented by a handy, lightweight AF 45 mm f/1.8 FE.

A similar tactics was used when it comes to portrait lenses. At the beginning of 2019 we were shown the big and relatively heavy Samyang AF 85 mm f/1.4 FE and in April 2020 they released the smaller and lighter AF 75 mm f/1.8 FE.

The bigger 1.4/50 and 1.4/85 models, with faster apertures, have already been tested by us and you want to find out how they performed it's enough you follow these links: Samyang AF 85 mm f/1.4 FE/RFSamyang AF 50 mm f/1.4 FE. Now the time has come for their smaller, slower equivalents. We would like to start from the Samyang AF 45 mm f/1.8 FE – enjoy your reading!


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

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.

Samyang AF 45 mm f/1.8 FE - Introduction

Samyang AF 45 mm f/1.8 FE - Introduction



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