Several years ago, Sony told the world that full frame cameras would be smaller and lighter. Pairing the new Sony a7C with the Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f/1.8 definitely fulfills that promise, so how does this combination perform?
In this short video, photographer Julia Trotti shares her experience of this compact set up and she is impressed with the results. You’ll find a few photographs that show ghosts as a result of the sunlight bouncing around the interior of the lens. Clearly, Trotti doesn’t mind the effect as they lend themselves to the look and feel that she’s trying to achieve. In my experience of using the lens over the last three months, it’s not as pronounced as this video might suggest though I tend not to shoot into the sun quite as much as Trotti! It’s there if you need it but easily avoided if not.
The Samyang 35mm f/1.8 is currently my walk-around lens of choice, being wonderfully compact and offering fantastic quality given its size and weight. Along with the a7 III, it joins me on the dog walk most mornings, especially when the skies are clear or we’re blessed with some gloriously foggy conditions.
If you need something even smaller, don’t forget that Samyang also offers an even tinier f/2.8 version, though without any of the sealing.