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Top 15 Best Samyang Lenses 2016

Top 15 Best Samyang Lenses 2016 - We round-up the Top 15 best and highest rated Samyang lenses reviewed on ePHOTOzine.

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Here, ePHOTOzine rounds up the top Samyang lenses reviewed on site. Specialising in fixed focal length prime lenses, and catering for a wide range of lens mounts, Samyang could prove the ideal choice for your next lens purchase. Take a look at the top 15 rated Samyang lenses below:


1. Samyang Premium 85mm f/1.2

Samyang 85mm F1,2 Front Oblique View
The Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 offers superb performance, and substantially less cost than the one alternative or most of the f/1.4 alternatives and, provided we are happy with manual focusing, is a really viable option. The quality of the lens at f/1.2 is so good that the brighter aperture offers no disadvantage and Samyang are offering a very attractive lens at a very attractive price.

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2. Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4

Samyang 14mm F2,4 Front Oblique View

The Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 proves itself to be a high class performer and also a very exciting lens to use. Manual focusing lends itself to use on a tripod with critical focusing, and when this is done the sharpness of the results can be stunning. The alternative technique of setting a reasonably small aperture, (such as f/8), and using depth of field to ensure sharpness throughout, can be very liberating and also yields excellent results. Whatever technique chosen, this is a versatile lens delivering high class results.

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3. Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

Samyang 14mm F2,8 Front Oblique View

The Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC offers an exciting and powerful focal length for both a wide range of creative photography and for architectural record shots. Given the high quality of the results from Samyang's second AF lens for Sony FE mount cameras, and the relatively modest price, it makes the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 a very attractive proposition.

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4. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC 

Samyang 35mm Lens

Available to fit many different types of cameras including mirrorless models, the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens has a bright maximum aperture of f/1.4 and is of good build quality despite the relatively low price. It has a smooth manual focusing ring and isn't overly heavy for a lens of its type. With a closest focusing distance of 30cm, the lens is ideal for shooting within cramped conditions. We gave it 4.5 stars for its excellent sharpness and low CA and Distortion. 

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5. Samyang 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS - 

Samyang 35mm F1,2 Front Oblique View

The Samyang 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS is designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras, and is yet another cracking lens from Samyang, offering fantastic performance at a very reasonable price. The manual focusing is much easier than many ultra-bright lenses and is possibly more accurate at f/1.2 than some AF systems might be capable of. There really is little to fault with this design and will be a tempting proposition for many mirrorless users.

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6. Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS - 

Samyang 12mm F2 0 NCS CS MFT Lens (6)

This Samyang 12mm f/2 wide-angle lens is available in Canon M, Fujufilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E and Samsung NX mounts. With an angle of view equivalent to 24mm on a 35mm wide angle camera and a wide f/2 maximum aperture, its' an ideal choice for the wider end of the spectrum. The lens feels solid yet only weighs 245g with a metal lens mount. We gave the lens a 4.5 star rating for its excellent sharpness in the centre from maximum aperture, compactness and low CA. 

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7. Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS

16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS

The Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens is a manual focus wide angle lens for APS-C sensor DSLR and mirrorless cameras, this lens is made from lightly textured high-quality plastics and has a metal lens mount. The manual focusing ring is smooth to operate and it's east to make fine adjustments. There is a closest focus distance of 20cm, ideal for shooting in cramped environments or for the occasional close-up shot. We gave this lens 4.5 stars for very good value for money, good build and good sharpness towards the edges stopped down to f/4 or beyond. 

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8. Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC

Samyang T S 24mm F3 5 Tilt Shift Lens (6)

This Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift lens offers the best value for money on the market at the moment for a lens of its type. Tilt-shift lenses give the photographer more control of the focal plane of the image and distortion, making them ideal for photographing creatively. We loved the lens for its excellent optical performance, solid build, and good solid feeling controls over the tilt shift movement. If you're after something a little different you should definitely consider this lens. 

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9. Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye

7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens

With a diagonal field of view of 180 degrees, the Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens is ideal for an alternative view on the world. with a metal lens mount and being extremely compact, this lens only protrudes 48.3mm from the camera body. It has a closest focus distance of 9mm allowing for some great warped close ups. The lens represents great value for money and has low CA for a fisheye, as well as being well-built and featuring stereographic projection. We gave the lens 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

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10. Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC - 

Samyang 135mm F2 Lens (6)

The Samyang 135mm f/2 is a manual focus telephoto lens offering a fast f/2 maximum aperture. Samyang caters to a wide audience with this lens, making it available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax SLR, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras. The lens comes supplied with a deep circular lens hood and delivers sharpness on a par with more expensive lenses. It features excellent build quality and smooth manual focus operation, leaving us happy to award it 4.5 stars for low distortion, low CA and great value for money. 

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11. Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC

Samyang 20mm F1,8 Front Oblique View

The Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC lens is designed for both full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. 20mm lenses are very attractive for the wide angle photographer, wide enough to be interesting, but not so wide as to be very difficult to handle. This lens is well made, has a very high standard of performance, and a reasonable price tag. Without doubt, the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMS adds up to being a very good deal.

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12. Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-eye

Samyang 12mm Fisheye AE Nikon (4)

The Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-eye is capable of producing images with outstanding sharpness and offers a unique stereographic projection, means that this lens should be high on the wishlist of anyone looking for a diagonal fisheye for their full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera.

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13. Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE

Samyang 50mm F1,4 Front Oblique View

The Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE lens is designed for full-frame Sony E mount cameras, and features auto focus (AF), The lens is beautiful and performs to a very high standard. The cost has resulted in a fairly large and relatively heavy lens, but that may be a small price to pay for an optic that can deliver such beautiful results.

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14. Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC - 

Samyang 85mm T1 5 (3)

The Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC lens is optimised for those who want to shoot video with their DSLR and as such uses T stops instead of f/ stops. There is a geared grip for use with video focusing rigs and follow focus equipment. Closest focus is one metre, making the lens ideal for photographing portraits. Even though the lens is aimed at cimematographers it is just as good for shooting stills images. We gave it 4 stars for being inexpensive for a lens of its type, excellent sharpness with low distortion and CA. 

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15. Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II

Samyang 8mm Fish Eye CS II UMC Nikon AE (4)

The Samyang 8mm fisheye has an f/3.5 maximum aperture and the AE version has a metering chip built in to transfer exposure information between the lens and the camera. It features a smooth and precise manual focusing ring. The lens produces images with stereographic projection, meaning images are more natural looking than typically found with fisheye lenses that produce images with equal-area projection. We gave it 4 stars for outstanding performance in the centre and good build quality. 

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Find more lens reviews in our reviews section, or why not have a look at the Best Portrait lenses, Best Macro lenses, or the Best Wide-angle lenses.

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ElSid 9 8 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2015 4:13PM
Picked up a mint used copy of the 8mm CS-II fisheye at the weekend and from my initial outing I really do have to agree with your test. Image quality is really very good considering the modest price and since it's the AE version its nice to have some estimate as to the required exposure.

Agree about the lack of DoF indicators too.

Now if they'd just make a full circular version too I'd be a well happy bunny...Grin

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