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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

Our verdict

The Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens is a pleasure to use. It is well constructed and handles beautifully. What’s most impressive is the high optical quality in all fields in a lens that costs roughly a quarter of the price of its competitors.

The restriction to manual focus is a downside, but if you can manage your photography despite this constraint, this lens should find its way into your kit bag. We can’t wait for the day when Samyang incorporates autofocus into its lenses.

  • 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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