Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 FE Review

September 13, 2016 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

The new Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 FE is an affordable, yet high-quality, ultra-wide-angle lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. It's also the second ever auto-focus lens from Samyang, who have always specialized in producing manual-focus only lenses, improving on the AF 50mm f/1.4 by having a quieter focusing system.

In terms of image quality, sharpness is good when shooting wide-open at f/2.8, becoming even better from f/4 onwards, but the edges aren't quite as sharp as the centre, with f/8-f/16 producing the sharpest results. There's also lots of evidence of chromatic aberrations, plus vignetting at wide-open apertures, admittedly something that other ultra-wide-angle lenses also suffer from.

As with the AF 50mm lens, the build quality is again excellent, with the metal lens mount and housing adding to the high-quality feel. Samyang have also included a very good petal-shaped lens hood, although it is non-removable which prevents the use of filters with this lens. Auto-focusing was acceptably quick and also quiet on the A7R II that we tested the lens with, although we missed having manual focus over-ride at any time.

The price of the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 FE is undoubtedly very attractive given the fast f/2.8 aperture, complex construction, and the quick and quiet auto-focusing, which makes this lens worthy of our Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 5