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Product Overview

Samyang 12mm F2.0 NCS CS is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Micro Four Thirds-mount, Samsung NX-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the APS-C image circle. Introduced by Samyang in 2014, it has 12 elements in 10 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.
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. Those who like sunstars (sun bursts) will be pleased by the lens' even-numbered aperture count, though conversely those who find sunstars distracting may have the opposite feeling.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Interesting FOV
  • Good level of resolution
  • Great sunstar performance
Cons
  • Not the best grade of build
  • High distortion

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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
6 blades
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Micro Four Thirds-mount, Samsung NX-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
10 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical elements, 3 ED glass elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Diameter
73 mm / 2.87 in
Size | Length
59 mm / 2.32 in
Weight
260 g / 9.19 oz

Function

Angle Of View
100.5° Diagonal | 90.0° Horizontal | 67.4° Vertical
Aperture
f/2 ~ f/22
Autofocus
No
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
12 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
18.0 mm
Image Stabilization
No

Performance

Min Focus Distance
200 mm / 7.87 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2014-03-21

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