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Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC

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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


While the price is a major feature of this lens, there is actually much more to it than that.

It features a floating lens system of the same type found in the equivalent Canon optic and certain macro lenses. This enhances the internal focusing system for close focusing and, as a result, the Samyang lens focuses to an impressive 30cm, making it ideal for both close-ups and environmental portraits.

Internally, the optical construction is made up of 12 elements in 10 groups. Two of these are described as High Refraction (HR), while one is an aspherical element to minimise chromatic aberration.

Image: The 35mm length is ideal for full-length portraits, although it takes practice and patience to focus manually with precise accuracy, using a shallow depth of field

  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Construction: 12 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical)
  • Diaphragm Blades: 8
  • Weight: 660g
  • Max diameter x length: 111x83mm
  • Focal Length: 35mm
  • Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Samsung NX, Four thirds
  • Minimum focusing distance: 30cm
  • RRP: £315-£336 (depending on fit)
  • Min Aperture: f/1.4
  • Max Aperture: f/22

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