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Top 35 Best Samyang Lenses 2020

We round-up the highest-rated Samyang lenses reviewed by ePHOTOzine so you can spend your money wisely.

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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. So, to help you decide which Samyang lens should be making its way into your kit bag, we've put together a list of the top Samyang lenses reviewed by the ePHOTOzine team that have scored 4 stars or above. If a lens isn't listed it's either because ePHOTOzine hasn't reviewed it yet or it didn't score high enough to be featured. 

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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 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 AF 85mm f/1.4 FE 

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE

The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE is a lovely lens to use, from the moment we look at the images on the screen or through the viewfinder. Selective depth of field makes manual focusing a breeze, subjects sing out against a beautifully diffused background. The Samyang is also gloriously smooth in operation, totally unobtrusive and a real photographer's lens, where the camera becomes an extension of the photographer and does not intrude on the subject. The price is also very attractive, so Samyang fully deserves the accolade of Editor's Choice.

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3. Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE 

Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE

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.

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4. Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE 

Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE

We seem to have gone full circle and classic prime lenses, once the only choice, are seemingly being rediscovered and once again becoming highly sought after. Compact, high quality and reasonably priced it is not difficult to see why. The optical designs have in some cases benefited from modern technologies and glasses and they can comfortably surpass the performance of their predecessors.

This is where we find the Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 lens – superb performance, compact size, excellent price and a compelling focal length to use. There's nothing to dislike, everything to like and an obvious Editor's Choice.

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5. Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 F 

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 F Lens


With a highly competitive price tag, high quality all around and an especially fine optical performance, the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens for Nikon F certainly more than justifies its cost. Against the competition, it holds its head up high and hits a very sweet price/performance point that makes it a very serious contender for those seeking a 14mm lens. A definite Editor's Choice.

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6. Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF 

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF


Samyang have clearly done it again, with the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 RF lens. They have produced a lens with superb performance at a very reasonable price level. It is well made, handles beautifully and combines high levels of sharpness with a beautiful, smooth bokeh effect. This is ideal for portraiture and wide open the lens also offers a lovely, subtle vignetting effect that could be an ideal enhancement for portraits.

Obviously any 85mm can be used for many other subjects that just portraiture, and here we have an almost perfectly rectilinear lens that would be ideal for architectural shots, as well as street photography, landscapes, close-range sports, low light, in fact almost any area.

We might miss IS, we might miss the ability to place the lens/camera on top of a nearby wall or other support for stability as it will wobble about, but a bean bag would sort that. We do have weather resistance, so there is no impediment to venturing out into the rain with that wide, fast aperture to capture the special, vivid colours that bad weather can bring. Definitely Highly Recommended.


7. 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 that delivers high-class results.

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8. Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE 

Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE

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.

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9. Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE 

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE

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.

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10. Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE 

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE


Samyang has been consistently producing excellent lenses at excellent prices for a very long time, building an enviable reputation. The manual focus lenses have always been superb VFM, but the new AF range has brought an even higher standard, along with the convenience of reliable AF.

35mm has long been a favoured focal length for documentary/reportage/street photography and it's clear to see why. The lenses are compact and unobtrusive. They allow close approach to the subjects. They have just slightly more angle of view and depth of field than the standard 50mm optics. The price is highly competitive.

With this new 35mm AF f/1.8 FE lens, Samyang has done it yet again and produced a cracking lens, opening up their clear advantages to the Sony mirrorless full-frame cameras. Highly recommended.



11. Samyang MF 85mm f/1.8 ED UMC CS 

Samyang MF 85mm f/1.8 ED UMC CS


There are so many excellent lenses, and the Samyang MF 85mm f/1.8 ED UMC CS is another one. Fantastic quality, very nicely made, excellent price, compact and light… the only thing not to like is that focusing can be a bit tricky. However, to be fair, this depends also on the actual camera used. If used on a tripod with careful, magnified focusing, then the results possible from this lens are exemplary.

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12. 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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13. Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF 

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF


Samyang has consistently produced some excellent lenses for many years and now join the mainstream of AF lenses with equally powerful offerings.

The new AF 14mm f/2.8 EF takes us a step further. Hitherto, all the AF lenses have concentrated on the Sony A series, but now we see the first autofocus DSLR lens, for Canon. It performs well, produced superb images and is a real alternative at a very attractive price.

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14. Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE 

Samyang Af 35mm F1,4 Fe Top View

The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is a very attractive proposition for those seeking a fast 35mm lens. The quality is uniformly excellent and the price much lower than the marque alternatives. All in all, the lens is excellent value for money.

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15. 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 in cramped conditions. We gave it 4.5 stars for its excellent sharpness and low CA and Distortion. 

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16. Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE 

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE


The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is a very attractive proposition for those seeking a fast 35mm lens. The quality is uniformly excellent and the price much lower than the marque alternatives. All in all, the lens is excellent value for money.

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17. 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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18. 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, Fujifilm 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, it's 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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19. 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 easy to make fine adjustments. There is a close-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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20. 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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21. 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 close 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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22. Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2 

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2


There is very little difference in brightness between a f/1.4 and f/1.2 lens. The wider aperture also means more difficulty in focusing, but only because the point of focus is so fine. In reality, if used carefully with magnifying aids then it is highly accurate. The lens is also very bulky and very heavy, certainly quite huge compared to a conventional 50mm f/1.4.

However, the price is reasonable and the standard is very high, so there are clear benefits for those for whom the difference is significant. In any event, the performance of the Samyang XP 50mm is exemplary.

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23. Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC 

Samyang 20mm F1,8 Front Oblique View


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. We have here a lens that is well made, has a very high standard of performance, and a reasonable price tag. Without a doubt, the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMS adds up to be a very good deal.

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

Samyang 12mm Fisheye AE Nikon (8)


At face value, this 12mm fisheye lens from Samyang would be good value if it was only half-decent, due to the low price and excellent build quality. The fact it 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.

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25. 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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26. 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 autofocus (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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27. Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF 

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF


The Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF is a great lens to use, not perfect in that there are some AF issues close up and also quite a bit of edge CA, but overall a good solid performing lens at a very attractive price.

In the end, it's the results that count and the ease of use of the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 lens lends itself to producing some excellent photography. Without a doubt, it can be recommended.

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28. 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 the 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 cinematographers 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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29. Samyang 8mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Fisheye 

Samyang 8mm Fish Eye CS II UMC Nikon AE (6)

The price point of the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC makes this lens a simple choice for those in the market for a fisheye lens for their Sony NEX, or Samsung NX cameras. Even though there is little or no competition, the excellent sharpness delivered from maximum aperture, great build and compact size means there is little to deter prospective buyers from this lens.

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30. Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC 

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC

For the price, this Samyang 24mm f/1.4 offers a decent, budget introduction to fast aperture lenses. Although the sharpness delivered at f/1.4 may not be up to that delivered my manufacturer’s own lenses, it may still be usable for some applications, and it certainly costs a lot less too.

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31. 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 a 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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32. Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS 

Samyang 10mm F2 8 ED AS NCS CS Lens (4)

Overall, the Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens is a good performer, for a decent price. The combination of good sharpness levels and a relatively fast f/2.8 maximum aperture should have London estate agents excited, as they will be able to make their dark dingy shoebox-sized bedsits look like bright, airy mansions, thanks to the wide angle of view and fast maximum aperture. Other people will just enjoy the excellent overall performance that they can get with this lens, without breaking the bank.

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33. Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC 

14mm f/2.8

Although the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC may not be for everyone, those looking for an ultra-wide lens, which is capable of delivering excellent quality when used within its limitations can't go far wrong with this 14mm from Samyang.

Centre sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture, and the quality towards the edges of the frame improves to excellent levels with the lens stopped down to f/5.6 or beyond. Discerning photographers may find the wavy distortion and pronounced falloff of illumination towards the corners off-putting, but those on a budget should be delighted with the quality of images this lens can deliver, for a bargain-basement price.

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34. Samyang 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS 

Samyang 50mm F1,2 Front View

Samyang is to be congratulated on a very interesting and relatively inexpensive lens. Sacrifices are made in terms of handling and convenience, but the results are there for the taking and with practice, the success rate will definitely improve. The 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS is an excellent lens for anyone who wants to work totally manually and is prepared to make the necessary effort. The reward will be some very fine images.

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35. Samyang 8mm T3.8 Asph IF MC Fisheye CS VDSLR 

Samyang 8mm T3.8 Diagonal Fisheye

The unique design of the 8mm T3.8 Asph IF MC Fisheye CS VDSLR should certainly appeal to those who record video with their DSLR. Although the lens is perfectly capable of shooting stills as well, those who primarily take images, rather than videos may want to look towards the slightly cheaper standard version of this lens.

Optically, this lens delivers good results, especially considering the extremely low price. Those looking for a fisheye should certainly pop this, or the standard version of this lens on their list of lenses to consider.

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