Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 Review

March 15, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 Sharpness at 50mm

The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 lens was attached to a Canon 5DS R body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Self-timer mode was activated. Slight tonal changes are due to slight changes in natural light during the session.

The full frameThe full frame at 50mm

Both center and edge sharpness are excellent between f/2 and f/11, but there's obvious softness evident wide open at F1.2 to f/1.8 in both the centre and edges of the frame. At f/16 the overall sharpness is beginning to drop off due to diffraction.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
F1.2 f1_2.jpg f1_2.jpg
f/1.4 f1_4.jpg f1_4.jpg
f/2 f2.jpg f2.jpg
f/2.8 f2_8.jpg f2_8.jpg
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg