A Perfect Lightweight Full Frame Combo? Sony a7C With the Samyang 35mm f/1.8

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.

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5 Comments

Keith Meinhold's picture

I imagine the combo is so much less intimidating than a large DSLR with subjects.

Charles Mercier's picture

Seriously? Julia's videos are so much filler and she doesn't say much to anyone who knows a little about photography. Her videos are more for people just deciding to get into photography. Has she ever even held a camera properly in her life?

stefano giovannini's picture

Maybe you could show your skills, her photos and editing are really nice. Are you better than her? She has a consistent style, and the way she directs models is quite good

Teemu Paukamainen's picture

Perfect? With no proper dials? More like a toy than the camera of "perfect combo" to me.

Zobeid Zuma's picture

The 7C is not for me, for several reasons. I would note that the original A7 is lighter weight and — aside from the protruding EVF hump — a smidge more compact. The A7 with the Samyang 35mm F2.8 is almost the same size and weight as my "plastic fantastic" old Konica TC-X with its 40mm F1.8 kit lens.