Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE review

Small and lightweight, the Rokinon / Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE still packs a punch for Sony cameras

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Occupying the middle ground in Samyang’s line-up of 35mm autofocus prime lenses for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras, the f/1.8 is the third lens in the trilogy. It’s refreshingly small and lightweight, not as tiny as its f/2.8 sibling but certainly not as bulky as the faster f/1.4 lens. All in all, it’s a smart all-rounder that works really well for street photography and much more besides, at an affordable price.


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    Good-quality yet lightweight construction

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    Impressive image quality

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    Pleasant bokeh at wide apertures


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    Corner-sharpness at wide apertures could be better

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    Minimum focus distance is fairly modest

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    As usual, no focus distance scale

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The new Samyang AF 35mm f/1.8 FE represents a middle ground between Samyang’s 35mm f/2.8 autofocus lens for Sony cameras which is of practically pancake proportions, and its f/1.4 lens is relatively hefty at 645g. Also sold as the Rokinon AF 35/1.8, this f/1.8 35mm is still small and lightweight, at just 65x64mm and 210g respectively, making it a diminutive and stealthy optic for candid street photography and general shooting, while its f/1.8 aperture rating enables fast shutter speeds under low lighting conditions, and a fairly tight depth of field at close focus distances.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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