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Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC

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Samyang  35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
Samyang  35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
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Initial Price: 
$600
  • Manual focus only
  • Aspherical optical element
  • UMC multi-layer coatings
  • 8 diaphragm blades
  • Metal mount

 

Samyang  35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC with lens hood
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens construction

Overview

Description by Samyang:

The Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is a fast, wide angle, manual focus prime lens for full frame cameras, or a fast standard prime when used on APS-C/DX sensors, available mounts for Canon, Sony A Mount (Konica Minolta), Pentax, Four Thirds (NOT Micro 4/3 rds) and Samsung NX. (The Nikon AE version available separately).

Producing excellent resolution and sharpness throughout the image equal or exceeding lenses 3 times as expensive, the Samyang 35mm lens is truly a professional class lens at a affordable price.

The Samyang 35 mm f1.4 AS UMC lens was designed to suit most popular SLR and DSLR cameras. On a full frame camera the 35mm focal length has universal applications, the lens is bright / fast wide-angle lens perfect for landscape, journalism and general shooting applications, including low light photography. When mounted on a camera with APS-C sensor, will become a popular, multitasking 50mm prime lens, perfect for general photography including low light photography. When mounted to cameras with the 4/3rd system, the Samyang 35 mm F1.4 AS UMC will turn into a short, bright portrait lens with 70mm focal length equivalent.

The wide apertures of the 35mm provide beautiful bokeh, (the character of out-of-focus areas) which is perfect for portrait type applications, or photography where ultra smooth out of focus backgrounds or foregrounds is preferred. This technique helps to separate the subject from the background giving very pleasing and professional results. Aided by its 8 aperture bladed design, the smoothness of the bokeh provided by the Samyang 35mm is excellent. Although bokeh character is a personal preference various independent tests and users rate the Samyang 35mm lens as one of the best lenses regardless of cost or manufacturer when it comes to its bokeh character.

The optical design of the Samyang 35 mm f1.4 UMC lens is twelve elements arranged in ten groups and includes two elements with high refractive index, which helps reduces its weight and dimensions to a moderate level for a full frame capable lens. The inclusion of an aspherical optical element minimizes helps reduce lateral chromatic aberration, UMC multi-layer coatings provides high contrast and faithful colour reproduction. The design incorporates floating lens elements allowing to preserve high image quality with minimum focusing distance.

It features a wide comfortable manual focus ring and is perfectly adapted to most photographic applications. Accurate for focus critical situations can be achieved through use of focusing in live view mode, available to most newer camera models.

There are increasing numbers of users using DSLRs for filming and High Definition (HD) video and manual lenses allows the user to alter focus during filming.

Samyang 35 mm F1.4 AS UMC has been designed with great emphasis on the smallest details to both optics and workmanship, which place the lens among the best photographic products in its class.

Supplied with front and rear lens caps, petal-type lens hood (which is reversible for transporting) and a soft lens pouch. Filter size 77mm

Reviews

"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.

Post date: 21/03/2013 - 08:09

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$600
Release Date: 
04/2011
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
15.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
1.7 TStop
Distortion: 
0.60%
Vignetting: 
-1.9 EV
Chr. aberration: 
7.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
Four Thirds Mount
Pentax Kaf Mount
Sony A mount
Sony A-DT mount
Samsung NX mount
AF Motor type: 
Manual Focus Only
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
35mm
Angle of view: 
63.66°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Lens construction: 
12 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical lens)
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
Yes
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.30m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
No
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
111.0mm
Length: 
83.0mm
Weight: 
660.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
77 mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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