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Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye Full-Frame Lens (2014)

Neoscore 40%NEX score 89%

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Product Overview

Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony A-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Samyang in 2014, it has 12 elements in 8 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run. Unfortunately, Samyang has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers.
As an ultra wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it is best suited for landscape photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.
Some photographers may be disappointed by the fact that the lens does not accept front screw-on filters.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 40% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 180° FOV
  • Reasonably good sunstar
Cons
  • Lacks front filter thread
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Not the sharpest

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 89% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fisheye Hemi plugin and works with Lightroom or Photoshop
  • 180° angle of view with non distorted people and object and straight line
Cons
  • Lens fall off is visible at F2.8 but quite reasonable and disapear at F4
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
7 blades, Circular blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony A-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
8 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical, 3 ED, nano coating system groups

Dimensions

Size | Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Length
73 mm / 2.87 in
Weight
515 g / 18.20 oz

Function

Angle Of View
180° Diagonal (fisheye)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
No
Focal Length
12 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Min Focus Distance
200 mm / 7.87 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2014-11-01

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External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is offering a 180° angle of view diagonally on a full frame sensor with a stereographic projection that maintain angles and the objects retain their general true shape even near the corner of the image. The lens is exactly the same for all mounts, below test will give same result as the native E mount version. All photos taken with Sony A7RIII and without post processing are available in full size (42Mpix)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 180° angle of view with non distorted people and object and straight line
  • Fisheye Hemi plugin and works with Lightroom or Photoshop
Cons
  • Lens fall off is visible at F2.8 but quite reasonable and disapear at F4

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2018/01/30/samyang-12mm-f2-8-ed-as-ncs-fisheye/. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2022-01-29.

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