Samyang’s 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC for Canon would make a quality lens for photographers who have a knack for manually focusing their images. The lens excludes an autofocus system, which helps bring down its price by hundreds of dollars.
South Korean optics company Samyang has been stepping out of the shadows cast by its larger Japanese rivals like Nikon and Canon. It has produced a number of lenses in recent years that have been receiving attention for their affordability and improving quality, including the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Canon, which was released in 2011.
Samyang’s 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC for Canon is a simplistic lens – not too wide like a 24mm, and not too restricting like the 50mm – that is great for everyday shooting, especially environmental portraits and architectural-oriented photography.
But this lens is not for everyone, especially photographers who don’t trust their eyes to take sharp pictures – the lens does not have an embedded autofocus system.
During DxOMark tests and analysis, we determined the lens’ strengths were:
The lens’ weaknesses include:
Benefits of the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC for Canon include:
Perks of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM include:
Samyang’s 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC for Canon is a quality lens – excelling at producing bright images with strong resolution – that can be purchased at an affordable price. But this affordability comes at the expense of no autofocus, so photographers who rely on AF lenses should consider alternatives.