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Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens Review (ephotozine)

Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-S and M mount: [shopcountry 14432]

  • For DSLRs with APS-C Sized Image Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.0-22
  • 25.6mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • One Extra-low Dispersion Element
  • UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus

ephotozine published the first review of the Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS lens. This lens may also be branded Rokinon, Bower, Walimex, and a with few more names. The Samyang 16mm is an all manual lens (no electronic coupling with camera) that has an interesting price tag of $479, and is available for both Canon EF-S and M mounts. Build quality and optical performance usually is very good on this lenses. In the conclusion they write:

Those looking for wide aperture lenses for the APS-C or smaller format camera need not continue looking at full frame lenses, that generally cost and weigh more now this lens is available. Although some photographers may find manual focusing off putting, spending a little time practising and getting used to how the lens behaves will pay dividends in the long run. This is especially true when considering how little this lens costs for what you get.

They liked the sharpness and build quality of the lens. The review comes with test charts and sample pics.

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