Small, Sharp, and Cheap: A Review of the Samyang 75mm f/1.8 Lens

Samyang has begun to expand their lens lineup into the realm of autofocus while trying to retain their reputation for being sharp and affordable. One of their latest lenses, the 75mm f/1.8 for Sony E mount cameras, provides a unique focal length great for portraits combined with a wide aperture, all in a small package. This helpful video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of results you can expect from it.

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video review takes a look at the Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E. The AF 75mm f/1.8 FE is a very affordable portrait lens at just $399, but for me, its most intriguing feature is its impressively small size and weight (8.1 oz or 230 g), which when paired with a light Sony camera, makes for a fantastically portable and versatile portrait setup. In addition, it comes with three extra-low dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity and two high refractive index elements for reduced distortion and improved sharpness. It also comes with Ultra Multi-Coating, which reduces flares and ghosting and improves contrast and a nine-blade rounded diaphragm for smoother bokeh. Lastly, it also features manual focus override and a custom function switch. On the whole, it looks like an affordable and versatile lens that could be a great portrait option for lots of Sony shooters; check out the video above for Abbott's full thoughts. 

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I used to watch Abbott a lot. Mr "rendering and busyness"
The last year he gets "loaners" from Tamron a bit more. Probably from others and I thought he would be from the very rare yt reviewers who would be biased because of it. Downplaying flaws kinda turned me away. I hope he can be objective with his reviews and id definitely go back. Praise jebus

Charles Mercier's picture

$400 cheap for a lens? Yipes, I'm poor.

Chris Fowler's picture

For a full frame lens, yeah I think that's probably on the cheap(er) side haha. (exception to this: Sony's niftyfifty FE50mm which is only $250)

Charles Mercier's picture

Yeah, that fact sure hit me last year when I bought my used a7. I obviously looked at lenses and really, the kind of default "cheap" lens was the standard 28-70 that came with it. Having come from much less expensive cameras - it's still impressive.

Chris Fowler's picture

I have the a6400, and don't let the cheaper camera body fool you, my lenses are just as expensive lol <nervous laughter> Thanks Sony!

Charles Mercier's picture

Well, that's good to know. You could always buy a used a7 then! (I know they make adaptors - you probably do too.)

Gary Pardy's picture

Ooooh, a Dustin Abbott review!
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Samyang 75mm f1.8 mark III announced

Michael Aubrey's picture

I always just skip to the last five minutes of his videos. I can't do it otherwise.