Hands-on: Samyang AF 24mm f/1.8 FE review

Samyang’s f/1.8-speed 24mm prime offers a very appealing combination of compactness and capabilities for Sony Alpha users

Samyang AF 24mm f/1.8 FE lens
(Image: © Australian Camera / Paul Burrows)

Early Verdict

Sony Alpha users have plenty of choice when it comes to 24mm wide-angle prime lenses, but Samyang's f/1.8 speed option offers an interesting and versatile middle ground. More importantly, it offers pretty good bang for buck – a great balance between image quality and keeping your wallet happy.


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    Excellent image quality

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    Customisable focus hold buttons and mode switch

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    Great weather sealing


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    Some vignetting when wide open

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    Not quite distortion-free

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If you're the owner of a full-frame Sony Alpha mirrorless camera, then you'd have to be happy when it comes to adding to your lens system. Not only is Sony’s own line-up creeping towards 70 models, but there isn’t a third-party lens maker of any note that doesn’t offer something in the FE mount. If anything, you’re probably spoilt for choice, but the real positive here is that there’s something for every budget.

Korean lens maker Samyang has been balancing affordability and performance with its growing range of FE-mount autofocus lenses and it’s not been afraid to step into the more hotly contested categories… such as a 24-70mm f/2.8 which is made by just about everybody. Likewise with the AF 24mm f/1.8 FE, which is a very popular focal length and can be had in the Sony full-frame mount with maximum apertures of f/1.4, f/1.8, f/2.0, f/2.8 or f/3.5 depending on which brand you favour. 

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.