We would be hard-pressed to find a photographer who wasn't familiar with mega-brands Tamron and Sigma offering lower-priced lenses to rival the designs put out by the giants: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and more. This week, there has been buzz in the nerdy sublayers of photography sites about a new lens coming out: the Samyang 35-150mm f/2-2.8. Let's dive into this.
In the history of photography as a whole, Samyang is a newer player in the game. Hitting its 50th anniversary just last year, this Korean brand aims to create high-quality lenses at even lower prices than other third-party options. Their newest design, the 35-150mm has some buzz online, with comments ranging from excitement to questions about the design.
One writer commented: "[It's] just a rebadged Tamron with differences in the body. Same specs other than being slightly heavier." Another added: "This one's significantly cheaper. If it's build quality is same, then it will give Tamron a run for its money."
Tom Calton provided an in-depth comparison of the two lenses and the results surprised me.
Coming in at $600 less than the Tamron version, this lens is sure to shake things up. Have you ever used a Samyang lens? Up to this date, I've been a diehard Canon girl. They just always do it right in my book. The color. The sharpness. The focus. Everything. Since being hired over a year ago at Fstoppers, I've had to test and review brands that I've never considered using before. Almost every time, I've been surprisingly impressed. Am I ready to make a jump to a Samyang? Maybe not yet, but I can say that having more brands in the space really seems to be creating great lenses at more palatable prices. What are your thoughts? Drop them below.