Samyang 16mm F2.0 ED AS UMC CS Sony mount lens review: Performance on a budget

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday April 01 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Samyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS Sony mounted on Sony SLT Alpha 77: High performance | Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Sony versus competition | Conclusion
Samyang 16mm F2.0 ED AS UMC CS Sony mount lens review: Performance on a budget

After reviewing the intriguing Samyang APS-C only 24mm equivalent 16mm f2.0 in Canon mount we’ve moved our attention to the Sony Alpha mount model. Read on to find out how this version performs.

Samyang has garnered praise for their modestly priced full frame 35mm primes and is now broadening its range with this new model. Designed for smaller sensors only this new high-speed 16mm model is the equivalent to a 24mm wide-angle in 35mm terms or, with the appropriate mount, as a 32mm equivalent on Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Like other lenses in range, with the exception of the Nikon mount variant, this model has no mechanical or electronic contacts, meaning it has no automatic diaphragm and lacks compatibility with certain exposure modes and metering options.

Regardless of the lack of automation the optical design is impressive. It has thirteen elements in total with one ED glass type and two aspherical elements to reduce numerous aberrations, and focuses to just 7.87” (20cm). This high-speed model has a large 77mm filter thread, measures 3.39 x 3.52" (86 x 89.4mm) and weighs a hefty 1.28 lb (583g). The Samyang 16mm f2 is available now at $399.

Samyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS Sony mounted on Sony SLT Alpha 77: High performance

Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Sony versus competition

Conclusion