Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC £450, $426

A wide-an­gle FX-for­mat lens that gives a more stan­dard view­ing an­gle on DX bod­ies

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De­spite hav­ing the joint short­est fo­cal length of any lens on test (along with the Sigma 35mm), this Samyang is phys­i­cally the long­est, mea­sur­ing 111mm. Even so, at 660g it is, in fact, some­what lighter than some of the other lenses. It shares the same im­pres­sive build qual­ity as the Samyang 85mm, along with elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions that en­able aper­ture con­trol and fo­cus con­fir­ma­tion. Again, fo­cus­ing is purely man­ual.

Another sim­i­lar­ity with the Samyang 85mm lens is that it has an eight-blade di­aphragm, whereas the other lenses in the group have nine blades. Even so, the aper­ture re­mains well rounded when stop­ping down from the widest set­ting.

The lens is mainly in­tended as a wide-an­gle op­tic for full-frame cam­eras but, with an ef­fec­tive fo­cal length of 52.5mm on DX bod­ies, there’s also a case for us­ing it as a fast stan­dard prime lens on cam­eras like the D5300 and D7100. The only real mi­nus point is that it’s quite big and bulky for a ‘stan­dard’ prime.

Per­for­mance

Lev­els of sharp­ness and con­trast are more im­pres­sive than with Samyang’s 85mm lens. How­ever, when shoot­ing from close in with a wide aper­ture to blur the back­ground, de­fo­cused ar­eas tend to lack smooth­ness.

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