A Review of the Impressive Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Lens

The Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 lens brings a remarkable combination of a wide range of focal lengths and large maximum apertures at a surprisingly budget-friendly price. This makes it a compelling choice for photographers specializing in weddings, events, sports, and portraits. But how does it hold up in real-world use? This detailed video review delves into the lens's performance and the quality of images it produces.

Coming to you from Benj Haisch, this excellent video review examines the Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 lens. This lens stands out for its broad and practical focal length range, encompassing many popular focal lengths, along with its notably wide aperture settings. This versatility allows the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 to potentially replace three to four standard lenses, offering a high degree of flexibility for various shooting scenarios. Priced at just $1,299, it presents a cost-effective alternative to purchasing multiple lenses from first-party brands. Additionally, the Samyang lens is equipped with features like compatibility with Sony’s advanced autofocus system, nine diaphragm blades for pleasing bokeh, three user-customizable mode switches, and a weather-resistant design. The primary trade-off for this multifaceted functionality is its size, which is somewhat bulky, although this is somewhat expected given its range and capabilities. For a comprehensive overview of Haisch's insights on this lens, give the video above a watch.a

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I use this a lot in my event work. It's very good in just about every respect but one: veiling haze when shooting subjects against large areas of strong backlight. That's a no-go. In such a situation, I'll use a prime on my second camera. Other than that, though, it's a real workhorse. And, although tests indicate it's sharper at 35 than 150, I am often impressed by the detail and contrast in my tele images.

Why are you giving this blatant ripoff of the Tamron 35-150 a platform?

Remind me how many 24-70 f28, 70-200 f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1/4/, 85mm f1.4, etc, etc are out there. Are they all rip offs? Relax.

Whatever lenses you own, odds are they're "ripoffs" of others that came before.

You funny.