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Samyang AF 35mm F1.8 FE lens Review

Reinold Aryee

Photographer from England

Another tiny but mighty lens from Samyang
that finds it place as an all-rounder or daily driver.

Out of the box, the Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE comes with a large lens good and nice protective case that comes with the f/1.8 FE lens in Samyang’s tiny lens line. With a compact lens that’s 35mm, this lens is truly an all-rounder as a go-to lens for different situations. Weighing in at just 210g (without lens caps and lens hood), the weight of this lens really helps with all-day shooting.

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Build Quality:

Comparing the 35mm f/1.8 FE to both the Samyang 45mm f/1.8 FE and 18mm f/2.8 FE, you can see a shift in the design of the lens hoods as well as size. The lens hood on the other lenses are slimmer and in the case of the 45mm circular, you can see a shift to a more petal design comparing the 18mm to the 35mm. The lens hood on the Samyang 35mm felt by far the most studier and fit for purpose in terms of protecting the camera and blocking unwanted light. It’s a welcome improvement from the previous designs on some of the older lenses.

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As you can see in the Image above without a lens hood, the Samyang 35mm looks very similar to the previous lenses in this range with slight differences that are noticeable. The most noticeable visual difference is the custom switch which adds a bit more length to the lens 35mm however it’s only 63.5 mm long.

Speaking of the custom switch, It’s the 2nd Samyang lens for Sony mirrorless cameras to incorporate this feature, with the first being the 75mm f/1.8 FE.

As of now, mode 1 acts as a normal focusing ring whilst mode 2 will change aperture settings with the focus ring. I’ve found the setting of mode 2 most useful with video for smoother aperture changes. With future firmware updates, the custom modes will incorporate more setting and features.

The build quality of the lens is very good with a mixture of metal and plastic as the construction of the lens. It feels like it has a good quality build in your hands and has a metal lens mount that’s also weather-sealed to prevent dust and moisture. It’s great to see Samyang implementing some of the developments of their premium lenses onto other lens lines. The focus ring is ridged to give more control for when making changes with the ring. Paired up with a Sony A7III, the lens feels very balanced in your hands and is compact and light.

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AF Performance

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I tested the autofocus with some skateboarding shots, shooting in burst mode as an opportunity to see how well the autofocus tracked a subject. For this test, I left the focus mode on wide to focus on my composition as the GIF was handheld rather than using a tripod. I fired away and let the autofocus do the work across the whole frame of the autofocus points. I was really impressed with the autofocus as each Image in the GIF was accurate and sharp, the focus was consistent in tracking the subject and was fast in catching the movements of the skateboarder in each frame. I didn’t experience focus hunting and would feel quite confident in trusting the autofocus. In addition to the fast autofocus, this lens is really quiet and would be well suited for filming due to Samyang’s linear STM technology.

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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.8
CAMERA Sony
DIAPHRAGM F8
SPEED 1/125sec
ISO 50
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi-segment

General use

A 35mm focal length is a very versatile focal length for capturing different subjects, and a compact lens such as this draws strengths in street photography where you need to blend into the environment. When exploring, London, looking for new perspectives in hotels, shopping malls or interiors there is usually security that tends to approach photographers with large lenses as they’re not keen on the “professional photography” associated with large lenses. I didn’t attract any attention at all when using this lens in a busy shopping mall which really helped me to concentrate on isolating detail in the environment. This is such a great lens for practical everyday use and is now my walk-around lens. The photos below are examples of what I captured walking around and exploring.

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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.8
CAMERA Sony
DIAPHRAGM F8
SPEED 1/40 sec
ISO 50
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi-segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.8
CAMERA Sony
DIAPHRAGM F5.6
SPEED 1/80 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi-segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.8
CAMERA Sony
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/80 sec
ISO 50
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi-segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.8
CAMERA Sony
DIAPHRAGM F8
SPEED 1/80 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi-segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.8
CAMERA Sony
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/1000 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi-segment

Bokeh

The out of focus area of the Image is commonly referred to as Bokeh which usually lies in the realm of pleasing or distracting. The difference is mainly attributed to the number of blades that make up the aperture of a lens with more blades being a positive factor. In addition, the capacity to shoot wide open at F1.8 for shallow depth of field produces pleasing Bokeh by isolating the subject. Although bokeh is subjective, the shot above shows how appealing the bokeh can look, especially for a wide-angle lens where bokeh is harder to be noticeable in comparison to a telephoto lens. Regardless of the focal length, the lens produces really smooth and beautiful bokeh which is a testament its 9 blade aperture.

Conclusion

Another tiny but mighty lens from Samyang which certainly finds its place as a go-to lens to capture different subjects. Samyang have certainly updated the IQ of this lens from the advancement in technology they’ve had with their older lenses. This lens has really good build quality with weather sealing. The mode switch and the option for aperture control is useful and will have further applications in the future with more firmware updates. The autofocus is fast, accurate and quiet with application to video uses where audio can impact the shot. From my experience, a lightweight and compact lens such as this really has huge strengths in situations where I needed to be incognito in order to get the shot, like street photography or exploring. After all, “you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”

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森养最佳标准画角提案解析

从人与人之间的关系乃至为了营造美丽的空间而布置装饰品时都需要保持适当的距离。那么,为了更好地欣赏美术或摄影作品,我们应该保持多少距离?

答案是相当于“作品框架对角线的长度”的距离。

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为了将作品完整地纳入视野并予欣赏,保持相当于作品对角线的距离为宜。如果距离过近,将大于人眼可集中精力的50°视角而无法取的良好的欣赏效果。

为了最佳欣赏效果与最佳视角而保持理想距离也适用于摄影技术。在拍摄静止画像的摄影技术中,将等于摄像面对角线长度的焦距镜头定义为标准镜头。数码相机的全帧传感器尺寸为36x24毫米,其对角线距离约为43.26毫米,标准镜头应为多少毫米以下的最理想答案可以称为“接近43.26毫米的数据”,而难以断定是至今被视作标准镜头代名词的“50毫米”。

以往与胶片对角线长度相仿的45mm画角镜头较为常见,随着SLR相机大获成功,为了保留可容纳反射镜的空间,50mm被视作标准镜头。但是,最近随着无反相机底边大幅放大, 鉴于无反相机法兰距短的特点,需要将标准镜头的画角以45mm再度予以解释,由此开始研发AF 45mm F1.8 FE。 与35mm画角镜头相比,三阳的AF 45mm F1.8 FE将畸变现象降至最低,且比55mm画角拍摄范围宽,为人物、风景、建筑物及宠物等各种主题摄影呈献令人满意的效果。

DSLR / Full Frame
1D X Mark Ⅱ
1D X
1Ds Mark Ⅲ
1Ds
5DsR
5Ds
5D Mark Ⅳ
5D Mark Ⅲ
6D Mark Ⅱ
6D
DSLR / APS-H
1D Mark Ⅲ
1D
Mirrorless / APS-C
M6
M5
M10
M3
M2
DSLR / APS-S
7D Mark Ⅱ
7D
80D
70D
60D
30D
D60
D30
77D (9000D)
760D (8000D / Rebel T6s)
1300D (Kiss X80 / Rebel T6)
1200D (Kiss X70 / Rebel T5)
200D (Kiss X9 / Rebel SL2)
800D (Kiss X9i / Rebel T7i)
700D (Kiss X9i / Rebel T7i)
100D (Kiss X7 / Rebel SL1)
650D (Kiss X6i / Rebel T4i)
600D (Kiss X5 / Rebel T3i)
550D (Kiss X4 / Rebel T2i)
500D (Kiss X3 / Rebel T1i)
1000D (Kiss F / Rebel XS)
450D (Kiss X2 / Rebel X냐)
DSLR / Full Frame
D850
D5
D810A
D4S
D810
D750
Df
D610
D4
D800
D800E
D600
D3s
D3x
D700
D3
DSLR / APS-C
D7500
D3400
D500
D5600
D7200
D5500
D3300
D7100
D5300
D5200
D7000
D300s
D300
DSLR / Full Frame
Z6
Z7
D810A
D4S
D750
D810A
DSLR / APS-C
D7200
D500
D3300
D5500
D5600
D3400
D7500

* Cameras released within 5 years from 2019 are tested.

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