Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE and Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE – First Impression

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  1. Franck says:

    Hello !
    thank you for this test.. I’m looking for a lens 18 mm for A6300.

    Samyang seems good, which one would you recommend ?
    Not Sony pencake.
    Other choice Sigma 19 mm 2.8 ?

    Thank you

    • Hi Franck,
      I don’t know about Samyang 18mm (there is very good 16mm f/2), but I have seen they just put on market 20/1.8. From the lenses that I had chance to try or that I own at that focal length, considering your camera, I can suggest Sony SEL 10-18/4 OSS (I am using it very often for my work), old Olympus OM 18/3.5 – somewhat expensive those days, but very solid performer, great build quality and small form, or Batis 18/2.8 which I reviewed here. However, Sigma 19/2.8 that you mentioned above is optically outstanding lens, that at landscape sort of f-stops (5.6-16), certainly shouldn’t disappoint you. I think I reviewed it also somewhere here (you can use search field above to trace older posts). I have first version of Sigma which has problems with manual focusing (ring gets tight and squeeze over time) but it is supposed to be slightly optically better (the only reason I can think of, might be related to the inner reflections of the barrel of the new “Art” version, I seriously doubt that Sigma will change anything in optics in between). Apart of the build quality, this little Sigma should be seriously considered. Sharpness across the frame is very good at all apertures and excellent at f/5.6-f/8. There is little LoCA in high contrast areas and today we have better distortion corrected lenses. In comparison to e.g. Batis 18/2.8, it has slightly lower contrast and color saturation, especially in the red tones.
      If you want the best available 18mm for Sony A6300, pick the Batis, if you like legacy, it would be Oly, if you want most versatile solution (as I do), you should pick Sony SEL 10-18/4 OSS, but if you want to shot great images and spend little, Sigma is your lens.
      Cheers, Viktor

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