A Review of the New Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AF II Lens

A 35mm lens with a wide maximum aperture is highly versatile, useful for everything from portraits to landscapes, astrophotography, and more. Such lenses can easily run north of $2,000, which, at $799, is what makes Samyang's 35mm f/1.4 AF II quite the attractive option. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

Coming to you from Julia Trotti, this great video review takes a look at the new Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AF II lens. At $799, the 35mm f/1.4 is particularly well priced, though it still comes with a range of impressive features, including:

  • Updated autofocus system with internal focusing and non-rotating filter ring for working with polarizing and graduated ND filters
  • Linear stepping motor for quick and quiet autofocus suitable for both photo and video work
  • Two high refractive index elements and two aspherical elements for reduced distortion and increased sharpness
  • Switch for using autofocus ring to control aperture
  • Weather-sealed construction
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh
  • 4.5 inches in length
  • 23.2 oz (659 g)

Altogether, the 35mm f/1.4 looks like quite the reasonable lens for anyone looking for an affordable option. Check out the video above for the Trotti's full thoughts on the lens. 

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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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