Showcase Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 AF

ionian

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I can't believe this lens doesn't have a thread already! Just a couple from testing it out with my daughter, both wide open. Sharpness is acceptable at f/1.4:

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That high contrast bokeh top left is busier than I expected, but I'm nit-picking.

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I got it only since a few days, but getting more and more used to it...

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I’ve been using it at weddings for the last 6 months or so... Its not an outstanding lens but it does the job. Personally I find it rather soft at f1.4 but I guess it could always be user error :)
 

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I just pulled the trigger on this lens! I shot a wedding engagement session last week with my 85mm 1.4 FE and the results were excellent. I figure the 85mm 1.4 needs to be paired with the 35mm 1.4 for the best results! :D
 

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I received my Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE lens yesterday. Everything checks out. The AF motor while not that audible, makes a somewhat annoying low pitch buzzing sound when focusing, something I noticed that neither my 18mm, 45mm or 85mm Samyang lenses have. Though I received the lens used for fairly cheap, so I'll probably just overlook that issue! I'll probably put it through it's paces this weekend since I have a portrait shoot scheduled!
 

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That‘s ok. The AF motor makes some noise but works well with the newest firmware. The lenses you mention are neewer generation. Show us some of your weekend shoot 👍
 

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That‘s ok. The AF motor makes some noise but works well with the newest firmware. The lenses you mention are neewer generation. Show us some of your weekend shoot 👍
Hi Giuseppe,

Have you tried AF fine tuning the lens via the USB dock or adjusted your camera's AF priority settings? I find the lens will somewhat hunt at 1.4, so I set my A7III to prioritize AF as opposed to release or balance emphasis. I want to make sure it doesn't do any last second micro adjustments which might result in an OOF image.
 

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Hi, when my lens arrived it was set to plus or minus 1. I set it to 0 and it was perfect.
Which firmware version is your lens running?
 

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Hi, when my lens arrived it was set to plus or minus 1. I set it to 0 and it was perfect.
Which firmware version is your lens running?
My lens is running firmware 4. Shooting it today, focus was slightly off. I just AF adjusted it to -1 and focus seems to be much better. I'll post photos soon!
 

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Yesterday I went on a bike ride with my kids and took the Samyang 35mm 1.4 with me! Optically the lens is pretty good, I'd rate it slightly under the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, but a step up from Sony 28mm f/2 FE. Auto focus is okay, but the Sam 85mm 1.4 FE is definitely an improvement in terms of AF performance. In fact I see room for Samyang to do a 35mm 1.4 ver. II with an improved AF motor. My lens needed an AF fine tune of -1 via the USB dock, in fact two of my Samyang lenses needed adjustments, and the other two came AF fine tuned from the factory! I don't mind it though, because I like the ability to calibrate my lenses without having to send it to the manufacturer or play the lottery with multiple lens samples! Also I find it's safer to shoot the lens at f/1.8 and only use f/1.4 for close-ups or for more carefully posed photos. Overall I'd still recommend this lens, but I'd definitely get a USB dock especially if you're pairing it with other Samyang lenses to maximize performance. Also they're selling fairly cheap used, making it an even better deal!

A couple quick samples with my A7III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE lens:
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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Sample photos taken with the Sony A7 III + Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Lens by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
 

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