Loving Rokinon AF 45/1.8

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Re: Loving Rokinon AF 45/1.8

Kris2403 wrote:

How does it compare to FE 50mm f/1.8 in sharpness, AF, etc.? Thanks

I've previously tested the Sony FE 50mm f1.8 so I can post a comparison.

The Samyang has a faster and quieter AF motor but is still slightly audible. It's also noticeably sharper in the edges and corners at wider apertures, but equally centrally sharp. Chromatic aberration and vignetting is equally average in both lenses. The Samyang's slightly swirly bokeh is more pleasing thanks to its 9 aperture blades vs 7 in the Sony, and as yet I haven't noticed any of the reported onion rings. IMO the Samyang's build quality is slightly better than the Sony's, and I prefer its internal focusing vs the Sony's extended barrel focussing.

The Samyang lens offers reasonable and acceptable performance (especially as a compact/light travel solution) and is worth its current asking price. The Sony never made the cut for me, because it had too many compromises.


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