Rokinon / Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE lens for Sony mirrorless cameras is “tiny but premium”

Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE

Independent lens maker Samyang (branded Rokinon in the US) is carving a solid reputation for reliable low-cost lenses, and the new Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is an extremely affordable general purpose lens for cameras like the Sony A7 III and A7R III. 

Not only that, it’s light too (just 162g), compact and much more affordable than Sony’s own prime lenses, especially the G Master series – some of the best Sony lenses are also some of the biggest!

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at