Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-Eye review

The Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-Eye is an appealing budget-priced diagonal fisheye lens for full-frame cameras

Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-Eye
(Image: © Samyang)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A full-frame diagonal fisheye lens that’s available in a wide variety of mount options, the Samyang delivers very good image quality with impressive sharpness, minimal color fringing and impressive resistance to ghosting and flare. It’s a fully manual lens in most cases, only the Nikon F mount version enabling aperture control from the camera body, and thus the full range of PASM shooting modes. The lack of autofocus isn’t a big deal, due to the typically enormous depth of field of fisheye lenses.


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    Tough aluminum barrel

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    Detachable hood

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    Good resistance to ghosting and flare


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    Only the Nikon version has electronics

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    Not weather-sealed

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South Korean manufacturer Samyang (also badged Rokinon) manufactures several autofocus lenses for Sony E-mount cameras, plus a couple for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. However, it’s most widely known for its extensive collection of manual-focus lenses, available in a diverse range of mount options. This 12mm diagonal fisheye lens is full-frame compatible but comes in a range of both full-frame and crop-sensor mount options, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds.


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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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