Samyang V-AF 35mm T1.9 review

The Samyang V-AF 35mm T1.9 is in the middle of three new Sony E-mount autofocus cine lenses

Samyang V-AF 35mm T1.9
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Designed for movie-makers, this 35mm lens for Sony E-mount cameras is also plenty sharp enough for high-resolution stills, along with 8K video capture. It’s well-built, boasts some neat features, handles nicely and delivers excellent performance across the board, making it a bargain at the price. There are also 24mm and 75mm T1.9 lenses with identical form-factors already available, plus 20mm and 45mm primes in the pipeline.


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    Part of a ‘unified’ Samyang cine range

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    Customizable function button and mode switch

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    Tally lights front and side


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    Smart accessories not yet available

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    Slight axial chromatic aberration

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Wait for an autofocus cine lens for Sony E-mount cameras, and then three come along at once. The Samyang V-AF 35mm T1.9 currently offers the most natural viewing angle of the trio, at 63.6 degrees on full-frame cameras and 43.8 degrees on APS-C bodies, at least when using the whole image sensor in 3:2 aspect ratio. The other two lenses currently available in the V-AF cine line-up are 24mm and 75mm primes, with the same fast T1.9 light transmission rating. All three are sold, as is usual for Samyang, under the Rokinon label in North America.

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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! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.