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35mm - Samyang vs Canon L - A Quick Comparison

 
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Jun 13, 2011 21:28 |  #1

I've noticed I really enjoy having more of the background in my shots to help tell the story in images, so I decided I wanted to give the 35mm focal length another go. I've heard good things about the new Samyang/Rokinon 35 1.4 and of course we all now how wonderful the Canon L is. So, I decided to place an order for the Samyang and I traded my Sigmalux for the L. I took a break from packing for my upcoming move to snap a few quick shots to compare the image quality of the two lenses. All center point focus, same settings for each pair of images. Not the most carefully done tests, but I'm hoping this will give you a very basic idea of how these two lenses stack up. Here are the results:

IMAGE: http://shuje.com/tests/35-1.jpg

IMAGE: http://shuje.com/tests/35-2.jpg

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Jun 13, 2011 21:30 |  #2

In case you haven't figured it out, the Samyang is on the left, L glass on the right. As you can see, I think the Samyang stacks up really nicely to the L ... I find it sharper in the center than the L, but it does expose a bit darker. Colors are a tad bit richer with the Samyang, and I think contrast is also better in the cheaper lens. Put these two in bright light situations and I think you'd have a very difficult time distinguishing one lens from the other. Another observation to note is the difference in focal length. The Samyang is probably closer to a 38 or a 40 instead of 35. Not the most challenging of conditions, but the background blur seems very comparable as well.

Regarding build quality, the L is of course better, but I must say, the Samyang isn't bad at all. The focus ring is very smooth and long, making it easy to dial in focus. The lenses weigh approximately the same, but the Samyang is longer. The lens hood is a cheap plastic, as is the lens cap, and the included pouch isn't made of the nicest materials either. But for less than half the price of the Canon, at $500, the Samyang is a great alternative if you can deal with the manual focus.


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Jun 13, 2011 21:44 |  #3

I'm amazed at how similar they look. Even the bokeh highlights look almost identical. Weird. I just ordered a focus screen yesterday, but also ordered a samyang (rokinon, actually) 14mm. This is high on my list of future purchases, though. Thanks for the comparisons.


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Jun 13, 2011 21:44 |  #4

Thank you for sharing. I don't know that I agree with your conclusions regarding the center sharpness matchup, but the Samyang is certainly no slouch.

As for the focal length, the Samyang may be a little longer than 35mm, but the 35L is also like 34mm or something (I forget the exact fl). Keep in mind that this discrepancy can give an apparent resolution advantage to the Samyang when comparing shots taken from the same spot.

Also, it would be nice to see comparison shots at a (much) lower ISO, but beggars can't be choosers :)

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Jun 13, 2011 21:47 |  #5

is it a focal length difference or minimum focus difference?


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Jun 13, 2011 21:49 |  #6

Actually, I was wondering a bit about your iso choice as well. You seem to be using a tripod or other fixed point for taking the pictures (maybe not?), so it is a bit surprising you used such high shutter speed and ISO. BTW, did you apply any post production to the photos?
Thanks again for putting in the effort :)


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Jun 13, 2011 21:55 |  #7

Honestly, the comparison shots were done pretty quickly, without a tripod, which is why I chose the iso I did. I just wanted to eliminate any possibility of blur since I was hand holding. Again, not the best comparison shots, I know, I just wanted to quickly illustrate how similar these lenses seem to be. If I have some time over the next couple of days, I'll take some shots at a lower iso and across more of the aperture range.

These shots were not taken anywhere close to the mfd of either lens, so the difference is indeed in the focal length of the lenses.


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Jun 13, 2011 21:56 |  #8

Oh, and no post was done, just standard sharpening due to raw to jpg conversion in LR.


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Jun 13, 2011 22:01 |  #9

Mookalafalas wrote in post #12588923 (external link)
Actually, I was wondering a bit about your iso choice as well. You seem to be using a tripod or other fixed point for taking the pictures (maybe not?), so it is a bit surprising you used such high shutter speed and ISO. BTW, did you apply any post production to the photos?
Thanks again for putting in the effort :)

Unless those were handheld shots, I have no idea why he didn't just run the test using ISO 100...


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Jun 13, 2011 22:01 |  #10

samyang ftw;) i just bought the 14mm.. this one is looking good too!


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Jun 13, 2011 22:09 as a reply to  @ datadump's post |  #11

I'd say those are pretty sharp handheld. It seems that the Samyang produces a bit more background blur, but that's probably due to the difference in focal length. The first shot shows the difference in blur the most.




  
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Jun 13, 2011 22:21 |  #12
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Have the Roki 85 and it is one of my favorite lenses. Thanks for the post, this is definitely next on my list!




  
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Jun 13, 2011 22:22 |  #13

Well, it was just a quick comparison, as Shujert said, but now we'll all be hounding him for more details:) For me, my appetite is more whetted than my questions answered. I'd now really like to see something closer to the target (MFD) so that we could get a better idea of what kind of bokeh this lens can produce, and of course at ISO 100. Sounds like he is pretty busy now...
Shujert, see what you've started!? No getting out of it! I'll wait 3 days and then start to pester you for more info.


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Jun 13, 2011 22:47 |  #14

I like the left picture more than the right picture.

Oh no... Wrong choice ?


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Jun 13, 2011 22:53 |  #15

Mookalafalas wrote in post #12589108 (external link)
Well, it was just a quick comparison, as Shujert said, but now we'll all be hounding him for more details:) For me, my appetite is more whetted than my questions answered. I'd now really like to see something closer to the target (MFD) so that we could get a better idea of what kind of bokeh this lens can produce, and of course at ISO 100. Sounds like he is pretty busy now...
Shujert, see what you've started!? No getting out of it! I'll wait 3 days and then start to pester you for more info.

Haha, I'll take a few more shots in the next few days. I figured the comparison would either be criticized or appreciated :)


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