Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE review

Ideal for portraiture and still life photography, this is the fifth lens in Samyang’s ‘tiny but almighty’ series

Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE / Rokinon AF 75mm f/1.8 FE review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Bearing either a Samyang or Rokinon badge, this 75mm f/1.8 lens for Sony E-mount cameras achieves its goal of shoehorning impressive image quality, speedy autofocus and high-end handling into a very compact and lightweight package. Indeed, it weighs in at just 230g, whereas the competing Sony 85mm f/1.8 is about 50 per cent heavier, and the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 is almost twice as heavy.


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    Impressive performance

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    Compact and lightweight

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    Competitively priced


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    Not weather-sealed

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    Corner-sharpness could be better

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It should go without saying that a major attraction of ‘compact system cameras’ is that they’re compact. But all too often, the bonus of a slim, lightweight body is overshadowed by chunky, heavyweight lenses. In the summer of 2017, Samyang literally set about redressing the balance with the first of a ‘tiny but almighty’ series of autofocus lenses for mirrorless cameras. For Sony E-mount bodies, the first of these was the AF 35mm f/2.8 FE, which has since been followed by 18mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses. 

The 75mm f/1.8 is the latest in the line-up – and as usual is marketed under both the Rokinon and Samyang brands (which you will find the more easily will depend on where you live in the world).

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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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