Owners of Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras aren’t doing too badly for affordable prime lenses. Sony makes its own budget full frame lenses (not yet tested, mind), but Samyang has joined in now with some intriguing alternatives.
It already makes an interesting 35mm f2.8 AF FE pancake lens, but this 24mm f/2.8 FE lens offers a wider angle of view and the same maximum aperture for the same price.
“Tiny but wide” is Samyang’s tagline for this new lens. It’s just 37mm long when mounted (without the lens hood) and weighs only 93g. It’s designed to be compact, light and easy to carry round all day long. With a minimum focus distance of 24cm, it can even shoot moderate close-ups, as well as tackling the usual wide-angle lens subjects like landscape, interiors and travel shots.
It offers “fast, quiet and accurate” autofocus and a decent-sounding optical configuration consisting of seven elements in seven groups, including no fewer than three aspherical lenses and two high-refractive lenses to counter chromatic aberration. Samyang’s proprietary Ultra Mini Coating is used to combat light dispersion.
You can pay a little more for some larger and heavier Sigma prime lenses or a lot more for some prestigious Zeiss wide-angle primes, but for those with more modest budgets this Samyang could be perfect. Small prime lenses like these are the perfect antidote to the big, heavy zooms made for Sony’s full frame mirrorless cameras.
The Samyang 24mm f/2.8 FE will cost £279.99 in the UK and will be available from July 2018.
More information: Samyang website