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Samyang AF 75mm F1.8 Full-Frame Lens (2020)

Neo score 68%Ext score 72%

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Product Overview

Samyang AF 75mm F1.8 is a full-frame, autofocus prime lens for Sony's E-mount mirrorless system. It offers an interesting 75mm focal length and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture in a compact, affordable package.
The AF 75mm F1.8 weighs a mere 230g and measures just 69mm long, making it easy to carry around all day. The 75mm focal length on a full-frame sensor is a great option for portrait photography, while the compact size makes it an interesting option for street photography, too.
Thanks to the new Stepping Motor (STM) focus motor, the AF 75mm F1.8 offers quiet and accurate autofocus.
In recent years, Samyang has greatly expanded its autofocus lens lineup for Sony's E-mount. Three other such lenses that share the same lightweight and compact design include the AF 18mm F2.8, AF 35mm F1.8, and AF 45mm F1.8.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Light and compact
  • Very sharp
  • Smooth rendering
  • Fast autofocus
Cons
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Not as sharp as Sony's 1.8/85

What external reviewers found***

Ext 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good bokeh
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Quick, quiet autofocus
  • Very fast aperture F1.8
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Sharpness at f/2.8
Cons
  • No fluorine protection
  • Some reports of AF reliability issues
  • Not the sharpest lens we've tested
  • Only native 75mm prime
  • Not top notch wide open (only very good)
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
10 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 HR and 3 ED elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm / 2.28 in
Size | Diameter
65 mm / 2.56 in
Size | Length
69 mm / 2.72 in
Weight
230 g / 8.13 oz

Function

Angle Of View
32.2° Diagonal | 27.0° Horizontal | 18.2° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
75 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Max Magnification
0.13x
Min Focus Distance
690 mm / 27.17 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-04-20
Made In
Korea

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
The Samyang AF 75/1.8 FE is very sharp in the center from wide open but then sharpness quickly drops off as you move towards the corners. By f/2.8 you can get most of the frame to be very sharp but the corners take f/8 to reach very good territory. Vignetting is average for a 85mm lens at 1.9 stops wide open which is reduced to 1 stop at f/4.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness in the center from wide open
  • Sharpness at f/2.8
  • Good bokeh
  • Low flare resistance
Cons
  • Only native 75mm prime
  • Some reports of AF reliability issues

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Samyang 75mm F1.8 AF (440 euros) is an excellent lens for Sony A7 system. It is an unusual focal length but very practical on day to day. The lens is designed to get a maximum of performances in the smallest form factor possible Everything is not perfect but the lens scores very well on all the main points.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very fast aperture F1.8
  • Very good color rendition, beautiful blurry background, good bokeh balls wide open & at F2.8, efficient AF, small/light/cheap on a full frame mirrorless
Cons
  • Not top notch wide open (only very good)

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Rokinon 75mm F1.8 is one of the more affordable lenses of its type. Autofocus is quick and quiet, and all of the expected Sony features are supported. Focus is available as close as 27.2 inches (69cm), so you will need to put some distance between your camera and subject.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Quick, quiet autofocus
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Not the sharpest lens we've tested
  • No fluorine protection

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Samyang AF 75/1.8 FE. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-samyang-af-75-1-8-fe/. 2021-04-12. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
2. ^ Samyang 75mm F1.8 AF. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/06/14/samyang-75mm-f1-8-af/. 2020-06-14. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Rokinon 75mm F1.8 AF Sony E Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/rokinon-75mm-f18-af-sony-e. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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