Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens Review (ePHOTOzine)

ePhotozine published the Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens (Tested on the 42MP Sony a7R III) review saying that “An impressive performance from this fine, fast standard lens.”

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens Key Features:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Customizable Control/Focus Ring
  • Autofocus with Manual Override
  • 3 HR, 1 ED, 2 ASP Elements
  • Linear STM Motor
  • UMC, ED, HR Coated
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • 11 Elements in 8 Groups

Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II Pros:

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low CA
  • Low vignetting
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Weather sealing
  • Low distortion
  • Fast virtually silent AF
  • Well priced
  • Smooth bokeh
  • Silent aperture option

Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II Cons:

  • Closure focusing would be useful

From the conclusion:

Samyang makes some great lenses, and the new 50mm f/1.4 FE II is an excellent example of that. It performs to an excellent high standard, it works smoothly, is weather-resistant and is reasonably priced. A 50mm lens is such a straightforward proposition and many photographers will always carry one, even those who are dedicated zoom users. In low light, it’s a winner, and for a general view of the world as we see it unsurpassed. It is also good to see videography being catered for, with the option of a silent aperture control.

It is a lovely lens to use and is ‘Highly Recommended’.

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens: $699 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

$600 off on Sony a7R IIIA: $1,998 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

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