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Samyang AF 35mm F1.8 Full-Frame Lens (2020)

Neoscore 76%NEX score 80%

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Product Overview

Samyang AF 35mm F1.8 is a full-frame, autofocus prime lens for Sony's E-mount mirrorless system. It offers an interesting 35mm focal length and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture in a compact, affordable package.
The AF 35mm F1.8 weighs a mere 210g and measures just over 63mm long, making it easy to carry around all day. The 35mm focal length on a full-frame sensor is a great option for general photography, environmental portraits, and street photography. On a crop-sensor camera, it becomes 50mm, which offers the standard perspective.
Thanks to the new Stepping Motor (STM) focus motor, the AF 35mm F1.8 offers quiet and accurate autofocus. It is not only a capable lens for photography but also a great option for videography and vlogging. Like most other recent Samyang lenses, the AF 35mm F1.8 is weather sealed.
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 45mm F1.8, and AF 75mm F1.8.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Light in the hand
  • Weather-sealed
  • Good sharpness
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very compact
Cons
  • Not as sharp as Sony's 35mm F1.8

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good bokeh balls
  • Excellent sharpness at F2.8 up to F8, diffraction at F11
  • Very fast, accurate, efficient in low light
Cons
  • Bokeh balls are visible wide open, specially in the borders
  • A focusing ring than can become a clickess aperture ring
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Linear Motor
Optical Formula | Elements
10 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
8 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical + 2 HRI elements, Ultra Multi Coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm / 2.28 in
Size | Diameter
65 mm / 2.56 in
Size | Length
64 mm / 2.52 in
Weight
210 g / 7.42 oz

Function

Angle Of View
63.5° Diagonal | 54.4° Horizontal | 37.8° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
35 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.17x
Min Focus Distance
290 mm / 11.42 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-09-14
Made In
Korea

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
Vignetting is present at F1.8, become very small as of F2.8 and disappear around F8 Distorsion is moderate (barrel) Lateral Chromatic aberrations are visible wide open, specially in the borders Resistance to flare is very good There are nice sunstars effect which aperture closed down.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness at F2.8 up to F8, diffraction at F11
  • Very good bokeh balls
  • Very fast, accurate, efficient in low light
Cons
  • Bokeh balls are visible wide open, specially in the borders
  • A focusing ring than can become a clickess aperture ring

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samyang 35mm F1.8. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/10/11/samyang-35mm-f1-8/. 2020-10-11. Retrieved 2021-06-06.

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