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Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Review - Performance

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Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Performance

Sharpness is of a high order. At the centre, the lens is excellent from open aperture all the way through to f/16. It is still very good at f/22, which makes the inclusion of this small aperture useful. The edges start off fairly sharp at f/2.8, becoming very good at f/4 and then excellent from f/5.6 to f/16. F/22 is again very good. The sharpness is also very even across the frame from f/5.6 onwards.

Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE MTF Charts

How to read our MTF charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Sony Alpha A9 using Imatest.

CA (Chromatic Aberration) is well controlled, some being visible but nothing too excessive. If necessary, further correction can be made using software.

Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE Chromatic Aberration Charts

How to read our CA charts

Chromatic aberration (CA) is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimise the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Sony Alpha A9 using Imatest.


There is a small amount of barrel distortion, which measures at -0.45%. This probably needs no further correction for most subject matter, but again, if needed, software can be used to reduce it further.

Flare is very well suppressed and is not evident in images shot against the light, even in quite challenging conditions. That this is achieved with such a minimalistic lens hood is very impressive.

Bokeh is the quality of the out of focus areas in an image and the lens delivers a very smooth and pleasant result. The balance between sharpness and smoothness of bokeh has been very well judged.

Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE Sample Photos


Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE Aperture range

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20 Mar 2019 10:48PM
The lens has one important flaw, and it's even described in the manual. Which makes it hard to understand, why NO reviewer mentions it: "Use the SteadyShot function after setting it manually. If automatic is set, the product may malfunction." This makes the lens worthless for street photography for me, because I often have to change lenses quickly.

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