Review Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE on APS-C
The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE is the latest offering from Samyang for the Sony E-mount system. The lens is suitable for the full-frame cameras, and then it works as a moderate wide angle. You can also use this lens on Sony's APS-C models. Then, with the crop factor, it's comparable to a 50mm standard lens on 35mm. On an A6500 or A6300, it's a pretty big lens, but the Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE is of course also very bright.
BRIGHT: Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE
The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE is the second 35mm with autofocus that Samyang has released for Sony cameras with the E-mount. The first was the 35mm f/2.8 FE. This compact pancake strongly resembles the Sony 35mm f/2.8 FE, apart from one thing. And that is the price. The pancake from Samyang costs around half as much as the Sony version. The price difference between the 35mm f/1.4 from Samyang and the one from Sony is even bigger. We were also curious about whether the performance of the Samyang could come close to those of the Sony.
The Samyang AF 35 mm f/1.4 FE is, like the Sony 35 mm f/1.4 GM, a big lens. That can't be helped if you want to make a bright wide angle that should be able to perform well on sensors with high pixel numbers. The lens has a sleek design and is very minimalistic. It has, in contrast to the Sony version, no aperture ring and no switches for autofocus or image stabilization. The only thing you can control on it is the focus ring. That ring is wide and has good ridges that give a nice grip. The focus is of the fly-by-wire type. The ring thus does not directly control the autofocus motor, but only gives a signal to the camera, which in turn activates the motor. When the camera isn't turned on, you can turn whatever you like on the lens, without anything happening. The lens is free of play and doesn't get longer when you focus. The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE is usable with all the focus functions found on the Sony cameras. The filter size is a fairly normal 67mm. The back has the contacts needed for the autofocus and all other data transfer between lens and camera. The lens comes with a big lens hood that sits firmly on the lens and that can also be mounted backwards for transport. There is also a kind of lens hood on the back. In the mount, there's a rectangular mask that is meant to prevent stray light from reaching the sensor. The only thing that's really missing is a rubber seal on the back to prevent dust or moisture from getting into the camera through the mount. Because of this, it's not a lens for hardcore journalists who photograph under all circumstances. But even without them, the target group for this Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE is more than big enough.