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Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Review - Verdict

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Samyang 35mm F2,8 Vertical View With Hood

Value For Money

The Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens is priced at £279.99. Also on offer from Samyang is a full-frame manual focus optic, the 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC costs £427.

The Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 (£979, MF), Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (£1244) and Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* (£1244) are also available.

For more options have a look at the Top 15 Best Samyang Lenses, and Top 15 Best Sony E / FE Mount Lenses


Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Verdict

Some lenses are a real pleasure to use, and the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE falls into this category. The technical quality is excellent, the AF is fast and accurate and the results look punchy with superb colour rendition.

In terms of value, it's hard to argue with such a modestly priced lens when it performs so well. Weather resistance would be nice, as would full-time manual focus in AF mode, but apart from that the lens pretty much hits the spot. It is certainly an excellent match for the Sony mirrorless range for which it has been designed.

Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low CA
  • Low flare
  • Fast and accurate AF
  • Compact and light
  • Pleasant bokeh
  • Well priced

Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Cons

  • No full-time manual focus in AF mode
  • No weather resistance

Overall Verdict

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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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