DXO Mark compares the best full frame 35mm prime lenses for the Nikon D800, and the winner is. . . .

"After years of unadventurous, unexciting “slow” speed zooms “fast”, high-quality primes are experiencing a comeback thanks to the popularity of full-frame DSLRs and the merging of video capture. The moderately wide 35mm focal length has seen numerous new versions from most lens makers over the last two years or so, including this ultra-high speed offering from Sigma. . . . read more

Ultrawide Comparison at 3D-Kraft.de: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15 mm f/2.8 vs Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ED-IF vs Samyang 14mm f/2.8 mounted on Nikon D800E and Sony NEX-7

"o you see that at F5.6 all three candidates deliver very sharp centers, the Nikon zoom shows slightly better contrasts here. As the images from the Zeiss and the Samyang were about 0.5 to 0.8 F-stops overexposed and had to be dimmed in that degree for better comparison, the difference in contrast may also be caused a little bit by that. I recognized quite often that the images with the Nikon zoom were about 0,2 to 0,8 stops shorter exposed which may be caused by the different degree of vignetting. . . . read more

The Phoblographer recommends Lenses for Micro Four Thirds, but don't read if you're a fan of m43 zoom lenses though, because they're deemed 'mediocre at best'.

Also recommended is the Tokina reflex 300mm POS IQ challenged lens (due to mirror/reflex technology limitations), that the writer obviously thinks is better than the Panasonic 100-300mm? Yeah, right.

"For those of us who like to take pictures of small things with great magnification, or close-ups of stuff like flower blossoms, a macro lens is a must. Panasonic has the Leica-branded 45mm f2.8 to offer, while Olympus recently introduced the 60mm f2.8 (which is much smaller in reality than it seems). Both allow for 1:1 magnification, and both . . . read more

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC review at AP UK: Excellent price, optics and construction quality, would prefer with autofocus.

"When using such the shallow depth of field that an f/1.4 lens offers, a manual-focus-only lens is a good reminder of just how useful autofocus is. Even a skilled photographer will find that there are numerous occasions when the manual focus is ‘off' in everyday images. For the landscape photographer who has time to compose and view images, though, this is less of an issue, and exactly where the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens comes into its own. Considering the difference in price . . . read more

Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) lens Review at Micro 4/3 Photo

The Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye (also marketed as Rokinon on some markets)  is both very sharp and affordable, but are there any caveats to it? 


"To get the best focus accuracy, you should ideally focus manually using the largest aperture (f/3.5). When finding the focus range, you can then stop down the aperture to the desired size, and take the picture. Most system cameras handle this process . . . read more

Samyang 24mm F1.4 ED AS IF Review at EOS HD

"The £500 / $850 Samyang 24mm F1.4 bucks the trend for Samyang’s budget prices. The Samyang 35mm F1.4 was extremely popular at £350 / $550, likewise the 85mm F1.4 and 14mm F2.8 before it – both around the £250 / $400 mark. However as the $1500 / £1000 price tag of the Canon version shows this is a premium optic, and it is not easy to design a good 24mm F1.4. This is a more ambitious optical design than anything Samyang have done before. . . . read more

Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) lens Review at Photo Zone

Here's a rarity. It is a new Fisheye lens, it is very cheap, and also exceptional. Samyang, the Korean masters of manual focusing wide lenses, strikes again:


"The Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye is certainly a more than welcome addition to the Micro-Four-Thirds system. The near-stereographic projection doesn't look quite as extreme as in conventional fisheye lenses despite the similar field-of-view so its applications are in fact broader  . . . read more

Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens review at Lens Tip

"Our summary can be a simple parable about climbing to the top, which was too quick, and a very painful downfall. After several very successful launches Samyang assumed too hastily that they belong to the elite and they can offer a lens with professional parameters in every category for a price not much different from that of other professional products. In the case of the Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC neither optics nor . . . read more

Rokinon 8mm f2.8 for Sony NEX mount Fisheye review @ the phoblographer

"The Rokinon 8mm f2.8 is not only a small lens, but it’s super light and very well balanced with the Sony NEX 5n. In fact, it feels like it was designed to be used with the camera. When in the hand, it feels so much like an old vintage SLR camera with its small aesthetics and size. . . . read more

Samyang to release 2 new 4/3 Lenses

This Korean company is an up and coming force among the 3rd party lens producers. While mostly obscure, some of their lenses have received some favourable attention among photographers. Their entries into the 4/3 arena are interesting choices, as oposed to their hellish beehives of websites: "Samyang company has informed that new lenses: Samyang 8mm f3.5 fish-eye and Samyang 85mm f1.4 with a mount for Olympus 4/3, have been released to
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