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Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE Lens Review - Verdict

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1/4 sec | f/16.0 | 100.0 mm | ISO 100

Value For Money

The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 lens is priced at £359

Some alternatives for Sony FE full-frame might be:

The new lens clearly stands out as being excellent VFM – it's offered at a great price and also delivers excellent quality.

For more options have a look at the Top 39 Best Sony E / FE Mount Lenses or the best 34 Samyang lenses top list


Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE Verdict

Samyang has been consistently producing excellent lenses at excellent prices for a very long time, building an enviable reputation. The manual focus lenses have always been superb VFM, but the new AF range has brought an even higher standard, along with the convenience of reliable AF.

35mm has long been a favoured focal length for documentary/reportage/street photography and it's clear to see why. The lenses are compact and unobtrusive. They allow close approach to the subjects. They have just slightly more angle of view and depth of field than the standard 50mm optics. The price is highly competitive.

With this new 35mm AF f/1.8 FE lens, Samyang has done it yet again and produced a cracking lens, opening up their clear advantages to the Sony mirrorless full-frame cameras. Highly recommended.

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE Pros

  • Excellent sharpness throughout
  • Very low central CA
  • Modest barrel distortion
  • Fast, accurate and silent AF
  • Fast f/1.8 aperture
  • Custom modes
  • Weather sealing
  • Classic focal length
  • No flare
  • Light and compact
  • Excellent price
  • Well made

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE Cons

  • Obvious vignetting (correctable)
  • Obvious edge CA (correctable)

Overall Verdict

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OGee 4
23 Sep 2020 5:47PM
Thanks for the informative review. This Samyang or a used Sony FE 1.8/35mm for a few quid more? Thoughts?!
25 Sep 2020 7:41PM
Thanks for the review, as always one of the first (if not the first) to be published.
How it compares to the Samyang f1.4? Do you think the f1.4 it's worth the extraq size and weight over the f1.8 (and 100 more where I live)?
25 Sep 2020 8:46PM
@OGee - I haven't reviewed the Sony lens so can't really comment on that.

@MarcM - The cost difference is for 1/3 stop and the weight and bulk increase needs to be offset against that. It really depends on whether the individual needs the extra speed and that justifies the extra cost and bulk. I know what I would do, but that's not really saying anything about what your own requirements are. These things are such a personal choice.
25 Sep 2020 10:38PM
Thanks for your reply.
Well, if the image quality is about the same overall (specially bokeh quality), then i would have no doubt, i would go for the f1.8. I don't care for the 1/3 of stop difference. Thing is I don't want to trade too much image quality to go lighter... On the other hand, I'm assuming the autofocus is better in the f1. 8, am I correct?

I recently bought the Samyang 35mm F1.4, and I'm reasonably happy with it, but I still can return it and buy the new f1.8 if it's the better option.
26 Sep 2020 12:34AM
@MarcM - I doubt that you will see much difference in image quality between the two lenses nor do I think there's much difference in AF between the two. They are both generally excellent. Hope that helps you decide!

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