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Review of the Samyang 35mm f2.8 AF e-mount

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I recently purchased the Sony a7RII for its size and high performance. I’ve been watching the A7 series cameras for a while and really wanted to jump in and get one of their latest.

I’ve been a nikon user, so firstly, i used my Nikon lenses on my brand new A7RII, the result was good but having a very small and light camera with a big and heavy lens dosen’t match for me, and as urban/portrait photographer, if i decided to move to sony, it’s for the high performance and the weight.

I was absolutely stoked when Samyang Optics sent me the 14mm F2.8 AF e mount, very light, sharp and the autofocus is great.

After the 50mm af and the 14mm af, another af lens will be available this summer, it’s the brand new 35mm f2.8 af e mount

The following is from the Samyang Global website :

A tiny lens with a mighty performance, Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE is ideal for daily photography as well as travel photography. This new compact and lightweight lens, together with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses, now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to three. The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length, without the hood and rear cap. Thanks to Samyang’s exceptional optical technology, its compact size is packed with features for outstanding image quality. Featuring seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses and one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, the lens delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. This new lens is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C types for Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm, which is also one of the most popular focal lengths among photographers. Portability with mighty performance and a 35mm focal length makes this lens the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture every memory as a high quality image. The autofocus is fast and accurate and is ideal for the capture of outdoor events such as hiking, sports events and landscape photography. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 0.35m and is ideal for street, portrait and close focus photography.

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• The lens is usable on Sony FE and E mount cameras only (full frame and aps-c)

• The lens is usable on Sony FE and E mount cameras only (full frame and aps-c)

• It is an Auto focus lens

• It has a f2.8 maximum aperture with an aperture range between f2.8 and f22

• It is constructed of 7 elements in 6 groups

• It has 7 aperture blades for pleasing out of focus areas, nice bokeh.

• Front filter size of 49mm

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The Samyang AF 35mm f2.8 FE is very light, well made, minimalistic modern and looks fantastic match with the alpha Sony Cameras.

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The lens body is made of a metal alloy including the focus ring, I really love the build and look of this lens and think it’s a great step forward for Samyang to build lenses of this quality.

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The Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens has a nice focus ring.

When it comes to auto-focusing, the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE is a fairly quick performer, taking about 0.2 seconds to lock onto the subject when mounted on the Sony A7R II that we tested it with.

I didn’t experience too much “hunting”, either in good or bad light, with the lens accurately focusing almost all of the time. Also when it comes to video, the continus AF is performing very well.

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With in-camera CA adjustments enabled, the lens-camera combination does well to keep CA in check; it’s prominent when used at wider apertures, but stopping down reduces it significantly. With the in-camera adjustments disabled, CA is quite prominent, appearing as magenta-cyan fringing in areas of high contrast.

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Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc. In the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE  lens, Samyang employed an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, which has resulted in quite nice bokeh.

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he Samyang FE 35mm ƒ/2.8 offers decent results for sharpness when used wide open, but there’s a great deal of improvement to be gained by stopping down. At ƒ/2.8, the picture is very sharp in the center. The lens does is better at ƒ/4 and reaches its peak sharpness at ƒ/5.6 – almost but not quite tack-sharp – where it remains until diffraction limiting starts to become a factor at ƒ/11. Sharpness is still good at ƒ/16, but degrades noticeably at the maximum aperture of ƒ/22.

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The new Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE is an affordable, yet high-quality, wide-angle lens/standard for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. It’s also the third ever auto-focus lens from Samyang, who have always specialized in producing manual-focus only lenses.

In terms of image quality, sharpness is good when shooting wide-open at f/2.8, becoming even better from f/4 onwards.

As with the AF 50mm and 14mm lens, the build quality is again excellent, with the metal lens mount and housing adding to the high-quality feel.

Auto-focusing was acceptably quick on the A7R II that we tested the lens with, it performed very well also with continues focus on video mode

The price of the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE is very attractive given the fast f/2.8 aperture, complex construction, and the quick and quiet auto-focusing, which makes this lens worthy of our Highly Recommended award. This lens is one of my best e mount lenses, i will take it with me everywhere i go for the size and of course the quality, i hope that samyang will make another lenses like that and maybe with faster apertrure.

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  1. oh my god these photos are amazing! Do you have tutorials/tips on how to edit those photos? Also where were these photos taken? Absolutely stunning! Good job!

    1. Thank you ! The tutos and tips will be available soon here 🙂
      The pictures were taken in Paris

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