Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MFT Lens Review - Verdict

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Samyang 12mm F2 0 NCS CS MFT Lens (1)
 

Value For Money

Priced at around £330, this lens is very reasonably priced for a wide angle with a fast f/2 maximum aperture.

The closest equivalent in Micro Four Thirds fit is the Olympus 12mm f/2 lens, which costs around £500. This lens does sport autofocus though, so may be worth the extra £170 to some.

 

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Verdict

Overall, this is an excellent optic that produces images with excellent sharpness, low distortion and low CA. Also, what makes this lens especially interesting is the low price of around £330, which is £170 less than the closest equivalent.

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Pros

Excellent sharpness in the centre from maximum aperture
Very good build quality
Compact
Low CA
Good value

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Cons

Lack of autofocus may put some people off (although it really shouldn’t)

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VERDICT  

The Samyang 12mm f/2.0 is an excellent optic that produces images with excellent sharpness.

 


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Comments


3 Dec 2014 12:37AM
Thanks for reviewing this lens, have been interested in it for a while and it sounds like a good performer.

Would be interested to see if it performs as well on an APS-C sensor as I would guess that m43 uses the 'best' central part of the image circle?

For me this lens is more interesting on APS-C like Sony or Fuji as it gives an ultra wide fov (18mm equivalent in ff/35mm film terms) whereas the 24mm fov is a more common wide angle and a few m43 zoom lenses offer this already.

Would love to see a m43 prime lens between 7 and 9mm and f.28 or faster for a reasonable price. MF is fine with me especially if it brings cots down(I already own the excellent 7.5mm fisheye) - but the only real advantage of this Samyang 12mm is the f2.0 aperture. I am sure the Panasonic 12-32 is near enough as good at 12mm and offers autofocus too plus it costs slightly less.

Am almost tempted to pick up this lens in Fuji or Sony mount and a cheap used Nex or Fuji XA-1 to mount it on, as the wider fov combined with f2.0 makes it more interesting than the m43 version. Don't really want to buy (yet another) camera though!

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You can watch two video tests with the Samyang Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 MFT.
http://vimeo.com/111931493
http://vimeo.com/111886761
Enjoy,
4 Dec 2014 1:57PM
@mellowmark, check out Jordan Steele's and Ian Norman's review of this lens on the Sony Alpha APS-C sensor cameras. They are equally as impressed! When I add the Panasonic GH4 to my Micro Four Thirds system, I'm definitely going to also add this great wide angle prime lens. Samyang/Rokinon also make a cine version of this lens with clickless aperture and geared focus!

http://admiringlight.com/blog/review-rokinon-samyang-12mm-f2-0-ncs-cs-sony-e-mount/

http://petapixel.com/2014/06/04/review-rokinon-12mm-f2-0-great-option-astrophotogs-budget/
17 Dec 2014 4:01PM
I've got this lens on a Sony NEX6, I posted some examples over at DP review in the summer for people that were interested in the lens there:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3706847

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