Samyang 35 mm / f1.4 AS UMC for Canon
This time Abes of Maine tested the Samyang lenses, which currently are serious contestants for becoming the customer's favorite. There are several reasons for that, the first being its wire range, which proved to be extremely useful when shooting a video as well as the high luminous intensity thanks to the large aperture of F / 1.4. Another reason is the great price from Abes of Maine with coupon code for 10% off. With all this customers also get a high build quality equivalent to the Canon L lenses.
- Dimensions: 111x83 mm
- Weight: 660g
- Filter diameter: 77mm
- Min focusing distance: 0.3m
- Number of diaphragm blades: 8
- Bayonet Canon EOS mount (full-frame)
The lens body is made from polycarbonate; it is very strong and gives the impression of high quality. The lens has two rings one for focus, and another for adjusting the aperture. Abes of Maine recommends to adjust the aperture of F / 1.4 to F / 22 in increments of half aperture except for the first step of F / 1.4 to F /2. The focus ring is nicely adjusted and it is quite accurate, which simplifies the manual focus.
The lens hood is metal, and there are no contacts. The TTL metering works perfectly, unless the camera cannot recognize the aperture value and the same hasn't been entered in the photograph's EXIF data.
Regarding the lens dimensions is not quite compact as the 85 / 1.4 but his construction does not allow smaller dimensions.
Abes of Maine also tested the optical characteristics, and asserts that the amount of details and the sharpness that Samyang 35 / 1.4 delivers are on a high level.
All in all, Abes of Maine concluded that the Samyang 35 / 1.4 is probably the most interesting lens for professional use, especially when shooting video with a DSLR camera. Its main virtues are superb build quality and excellent optical characteristic. The lack of auto focus makes it difficult to photograph, but in a controlled environment it doesn't have to be an issue and you can easily sharpen the photo. Certainly 35 / 1.4 deserve all the praise and with a good reason it is unrivaled in its category, as seen in the price / quality ratio. You can order the Samyang 35/1.4 on Abes of Maine ebay store.