Samyang/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC review

The Samyang/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC is available in a wide variety of mount options but the Nikon F version is best

Samyang/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
(Image: © Samyang)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Badged Samyang and Rokinon in different world regions, this manual-focus lens gives the classic wide viewing angle of a 24mm lens on full-frame camera, while being similar to using a 35mm or 50mm lens on APS-C format and Micro Four Thirds bodies respectively. In all cases, the fast f/1.4 aperture is welcome. Handling and image quality are very good but only the Nikon F-mount version of the lens has built-in electronics, enabling the full range of PASM shooting modes.


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    Many different mount options

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    Solid build quality

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    Smooth-action manual focusing


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    Manual focus only

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    No communication with most cameras

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    No weather-seals

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The Samyang/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC isn’t overly big or heavy for its focal length and fast aperture combination. However, there’s quite a spread of physical lengths and weights, depending on mount option, the range being many and varied. The full list includes Canon EF/EF-M, Fuji X, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony A/E, catering to both full-frame and crop-sensor cameras.


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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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