Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED UMC AS £460/$570

The more fil­ter-friendly of the Samyang lenses

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Un­like Samyang’s 14mm op­tion, this lens has a bay­o­net-style lens hood rather than a built-in one, which means it can be taken off when you want to at­tach fil­ters.

Build qual­ity is of the same high stan­dard in both Samyang lenses. As with the 14mm lens, the fo­cus ring works smoothly and en­ables won­der­fully pre­cise ad­just­ments, although aut­o­fo­cus is off the menu. The aper­ture ring is largely su­per­flu­ous with Nikon D-SLRs and un­for­tu­nately, un­like with Nikon’s D-se­ries lenses, there’s no switch to lock the aper­ture at its nar­row­est set­ting, so ac­ci­den­tally turn­ing the aper­ture ring will stop the cam­era from be­ing able to con­trol aper­ture (see page 87). Per­for­mance The nar­rower view­ing an­gle pays div­i­dends in terms of im­age qual­ity, with greater sharp­ness than from the Samyang 14mm into the cor­ners of the frame. In­deed, this lens also beats Nikon’s own 20mm lens for sharp­ness when shoot­ing wide open at f/1.8. Con­sid­er­ing how wide it is, dis­tor­tion, ghost­ing and flare are also well con­trolled.

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