Samyang have a positive fame for producing moderately priced, glorious lenses, initially handbook focus solely, however for a while now with a quickly increasing AF vary. This new 18mm f/2.eight ultra-wide is a welcome addition to the vary, providing a really helpful focal size for Sony FE full body mirrorless cameras. It can be used on the APS-C format cameras, the place the “35mm equal” area of view can be round 27mm. Right here we evaluate it utilizing the total body 24MP Sony Alpha A7 III. Let’s examine the way it performs and handles and if it makes an excellent companion to the remainder of Samyang’s AF vary.

Samyang AF 18mm f/2.eight FE Dealing with and Options

Samyang AF 18mm F2,8 Without Hood On Sony A7III

The lens is mild and compact, weighing in at a svelte 145g with out caps. Development is of top of the range, utilizing applicable plastics that scale back the burden.

There’s a supplied petal lens hood that bayonets securely into place and reveals no signal of being more likely to dislodge unintentionally. The bayonet match surrounds an ordinary 58mm filter thread. The entrance component is comparatively small, not like the normal ultra-wides that wanted big domed glass entrance components. Coatings are Samyang’s UMC multi-coating.

The one management on the lens is the handbook focus ring. It’s digital and subsequently ultra-smooth and its operate is managed through the digital camera menus. Sony affords varied decisions relating to focus – AF-S, AF-C and AF-A are the AF choices and are single taking pictures, steady taking pictures and automated choice between the 2. The MF choices are DMF and MF. DMF is Direct Guide Focus and permits handbook tweaks after AF has been carried out. MF is in fact simply handbook focusing. The focusing vary is all the way down to 0.25m, or 0.82 ft, which is a most magnification of 0.09x.

AF is pushed by a linear STM motor and is exact and quick. It’s also nearly silent.

Samyang AF 18mm F2,8 With Hood On Sony A7III

Optical building is 9 components in eight teams, together with three Aspherical, 2 HR (Excessive Refractive Index) and three ED (Further Low Dispersion). The diaphragm contains 7 blades. It’s fascinating that the rear component is concave moderately than convex, not unprecedented, however uncommon. Within the efficiency part we are going to see if this enhances the sting efficiency.

Dealing with is simply spot on, there’s nothing to the lens to trigger any grief and it operates slickly and sweetly in each respect. 18mm is definitely fairly extensive, so the most important hazard can be in not getting in shut sufficient to topics; to fill the foreground. Extremely-wides are lenses that cry out for dramatic compositions, as nicely in fact enabling sweeping inside photographs. For many topics we have to get in shut, after which nearer nonetheless.

Samyang AF 18mm F2,8 Rear Oblique View
 

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