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Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Review - Verdict

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Samyang AF 75mm F1,8 Without Hood On Sony A7R III

Value For Money

The Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 lens is priced at £379.99. Some alternatives for Sony FE full-frame might be:

Kipon 75mm f/2.4 (MF), £359.00
SLR Magic 75mm T1.5 MicroPrime CINE lens, £675.00
SLR Magic 75mm f/1.4 CINE lens, £420.00

Amongst a very limited choice, this leaves the Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 lens looking very good value for money, particularly if you start looking at the Leica 75mm lenses.

For more options have a look at the Top 39 Best Sony E / FE Mount Lenses, Top 32 Best Samyang Lenses, or the Top 44 Best Portrait Lenses.


Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Verdict

Whether the photographer sees this as an unusually long standard lens or as a slightly shorter portrait lens, the 75mm length proves in use to be very equitable. We can approach our portrait subjects quite closely, but not so close as to cause distortion of the features. On the other hand, as a general-purpose lens there is some merit in having a longer focal length and having more space in which to work. In a similar way, 100mm macro lenses tend to be more popular than 50mm ones.

As for performance, this is just exemplary, the Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE is an outstanding lens indeed. Along with a moderate, realistic price tag, compact size and great handling, the only caveat is the lack of sealing against water and dust. This still leaves us with a superb lens and an obvious Editor's Choice.

Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Pros

  • Outstanding central sharpness
  • Excellent edge sharpness
  • Low CA centrally
  • Moderate vignetting
  • Silent AF and aperture
  • Light and compact
  • Lovely bokeh
  • Very fair price
  • Very well made

Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Cons

  • No water and dust sealing

Overall Verdict

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