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Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Review - Verdict

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Samyang Af 45mm F1,8 Fe No Hood On Sony A7RIII Front View

Value For Money

The Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens is priced at a keen £349. Looking at a variety of marques, we can see where this lies in terms of VFM by comparing the price with some lenses with a similar specification.

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2, Sony FE mount, £1129
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, Canon EF mount, £190
Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical, £749
Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II-S Nokton, £479
Sigma 40mm f/1.4 AF DG HSM Art, Sony FE mount, £1099
SMC Pentax-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited, Pentax KAF2 mount, £659

The Samyang offers excellent value for money. For more options have a look at the Top 31 Best Samyang Lenses or the Top 37 Best Sony E / FE Mount Lenses


Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Verdict

With a high level of performance and a pleasing character, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens has plenty of potential to become a favourite. There are some parameters that may need some additional correction in software, not really an issue as the solutions are there. It is light and compact and generally just delivers the goods in a simple, discrete package. When used for street photography, it can be an advantage to use an unobtrusive lens.

There is some flare and there is no weather sealing, so these are a couple of disadvantages, but to be absolutely fair, the price tag is a very attractive one and generally, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens is a delight to use. Highly recommended.

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low distortion
  • Light and compact
  • Excellent price
  • Low central CA
  • Excellent handling

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Cons

  • Flare with strong backlight
  • No weather sealing

Overall Verdict

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LenShepherd 12 4.2k United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 4:40PM
I am intrigued by your summary of "Excellent Sharpness" - have regard to edge performance being a long to long long way behind centre at apertures faster than f8.
Did you mean excellent central sharpness - and good edge sharpness at f8 and smaller apertures?
7 Jun 2019 6:56PM
I mean excellent sharpness virtually throughout the centre of the image and also at some smaller apertures. It's a summary only, but the detail is in the fuller description. On reflection, it might have read more accurately if the wording of the summary was more specific.
9 Jun 2019 1:51PM
Thanks John, I'm definitely going to pick this lens up. Can I ask when distances from the centre are you MTF centre and edge measurements taken at? Thanks
9 Jun 2019 1:52PM
Sorry, "what" are the distances?
9 Jun 2019 5:01PM
I measure at the centre and at various points at the edges. Hope that helps!
e23423 1
9 Jun 2019 9:46PM
Spec page shows data for Chinon 28mm f/2.8 Smile
10 Jun 2019 12:19AM
Thanks for that, I'm sure this will be corrected very soon.
14 Jun 2019 12:57PM
How does it perform in regards to the Samyang 50 1.4 ?
I have it and this makes me want to change Smile
14 Jun 2019 6:25PM
It depends on whether you want a more compact lens with a smaller aperture, or a larger, longer and slightly faster one. Either way, you will get sharp, satisfying images.
21 Jun 2019 11:43AM
Well, bokeh is important. If the one of the f1.4 better ? (At similar aperture of course) ?
21 Jun 2019 1:35PM
The bokeh image set does show the sort of effect that both lenses demonstrate. It is an aesthetic choice, so careful examination of those images might help. I can't be more specific at this point as a fair bit of time has passed and a fair few other lenses have been looked at as well.

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