Samyang’s 35mm f/1.4 lens costs around £1,000 less than comparable optics on the market. Tim Coleman finds out how its quality fares
Whether or not the lack of autofocus affects your images will depend on your type of photography. Naturally, at 35mm this lens is good for reportage.
Although AF is useful for this, the focus distances are clearly marked on the top of the lens, and with a little practice it is easy to get close to the correct focus prior to checking the viewfinder or live view.
A good eye is required for the wider apertures, where the depth of field and therefore correct focus can be down to a matter of millimetres. In busy and erratic scenes, a manual-focus lens will result in a lower hit ratio, but it should generally keep the eye of the photographer sharp.
Image: Of the 12 elements, the two white elements are high refraction (HR) and the yellow is an aspherical type