Samyang 35/1.8 vs Sony 35/1.8

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newdom Regular Member • Posts: 455
Re: Samyang 35/1.8 vs Sony 35/1.8

brick33308 wrote:

newdom wrote:

- Copy variation. Samyang is notorious for high copy variation, although they're getting better this still suffers to a lesser degree. I've had two copies - one was incredibly sharp with zero CA/fringing, second was noticeably less sharp with lots of fringing. Got a third on the way!

thanks! the copy variations you mention - was it this 35/1.8 lens specifically?

Samyang in general

Apparently the older lenses even if good tended to go out of alignment much faster than higher quality sony/zeiss/sigma lenses, and there was a significant copy variation from new as well.  Sony and Zeiss all suffer from this anyway to varying degrees - some significant - but for sure they were better built than the Samyangs of old.  Recent Samyangs appear to getting better and better.  I've had 2x35/1.8, 1x75/1.8, 1x24/1.8, 1x85/1.4 and they were all superbly sharp except for one copy of the 35 (which had physical damage, so good chance it had been dropped/knocked in it's lifetime).

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Sony a7R II Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Sony FE 35mm F1.8 +8 more
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