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Samyang/Rokinon 35 f2.8 any personal experience?

 
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Mar 03, 2018 01:01 |  #1

So I just pre-ordered the a7iii, and I’m looking into a 35mm for my first lens. The Samyang/Rokinon version is a solid price but I’m concerned about the AF. Some people say it’s slow. Has anyone compared it to the Zeiss 35 F2.8? in also interested in the samyang/Rokinon 1.4, Just put off by its larger size since I’m looking for a good street photography lens.

So Zeiss 35 f2.8 or Rokinon 35 f2.8 (or 1.4)




  
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Mar 03, 2018 06:26 |  #2

Before buying the Samyang i’ve tried both and for about 40% of the price you pay for the Zeiss 35mm i found the Samyang 35mm the better choice. IQ and AF are so close it’s hard to decide who’s faster or to see differance in sharpness or contrast.

Only thing is the Zeiss is more consistent in build quality, there are some Samyang lenses that i.m.o. should never have passed quality controle and found to be OK for shipping.

First 35mm i had looked like the AF motor was working in a bowl of bolts, lost of noise and indeed slow AF. Didn’t except that one and the sales guy picked out 2 others to try, both were very quiet and just as fast and accurate on AF as the Zeiss 35mm.

For example the Sony 50mm f/1.8 is much slower and, although some ownership are real pleased with it, is i.m.o. almost to slow to work with in low light conditions. Faster objects are real hard to AF correctly, the Samyang for example didn’t have any problem following kids playing inside and focus correctly.

Already there are some good reviews out there, just small favore on the Zeiss because of build quality.

Got the Samyang with a 5 year warranty, so for less then €300- it’s a great buy.

Yes Zeiss sounds cooler and more pro, if thats no isseu for you then better buy the Samyang




  
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Mar 03, 2018 08:10 |  #3

KeesNL wrote in post #18576413 (external link)
Before buying the Samyang i’ve tried both and for about 40% of the price you pay for the Zeiss 35mm i found the Samyang 35mm the better choice. IQ and AF are so close it’s hard to decide who’s faster or to see differance in sharpness or contrast.

Only thing is the Zeiss is more consistent in build quality, there are some Samyang lenses that i.m.o. should never have passed quality controle and found to be OK for shipping.

First 35mm i had looked like the AF motor was working in a bowl of bolts, lost of noise and indeed slow AF. Didn’t except that one and the sales guy picked out 2 others to try, both were very quiet and just as fast and accurate on AF as the Zeiss 35mm.

For example the Sony 50mm f/1.8 is much slower and, although some ownership are real pleased with it, is i.m.o. almost to slow to work with in low light conditions. Faster objects are real hard to AF correctly, the Samyang for example didn’t have any problem following kids playing inside and focus correctly.

Already there are some good reviews out there, just small favore on the Zeiss because of build quality.

Got the Samyang with a 5 year warranty, so for less then €300- it’s a great buy.

Yes Zeiss sounds cooler and more pro, if thats no isseu for you then better buy the Samyang

Thank you very much! That was exactly the kind of opinion/review I was looking for. Build quality is not a priority for me as long as the lens works as intended. So I’ll be getting the samyang! Hopefully I get a good copy or I’ll have to return it through amazon.




  
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Mar 04, 2018 05:22 |  #4

The build quality is not on par with the Zeiss, close but not the same, but if you would compare it to a lens like the Canon 50mm f/1.8 it’s way better in build and overall quality.




  
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