Samyang 24mm f/1.4 Review and Test Results

DxOMark has posted their test results for the Samyang (Rokinon/Bowers) 24mm f/1.4 lens for Canon full frame DSLRs. They reviewed the manual focus wide-angle prime lens which is currently priced for $669 and the lens became the best performing 24mm on 5d MK III.

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens scored 31 points and this is one of the high scores in DxOMark rankings. Samyang got the same DxOMark score of 31 as Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II lens (priced at $1,749). Samyang produces less vignetting and chromatic aberration are better controlled at all apertures. The lens was tested with the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera.

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Samyang 24mm f/1.4 Review and Test Results

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 vs Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L vs Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

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From DxOMark Conclusion :

Although the Samyang is a phenomenal performer, when stopped its sharpness wide open doesn’t match that of rival high-speed designs. Given the modest pricing [$669] it will no doubt continue to be a popular model but it would be all the more attractive with the addition of automatic aperture control and perhaps AF-assist (though it’s often unreliable without experience). There’s another, often overlooked benefit from the inclusion of data transmission – EXIF data stored in Raw files could be used by third-party software suppliers to apply lens corrections. Future updates such as these would seem likely but for now the Canon mount version is overshadowed by the better performing rivals.

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 Specs

  • 24mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • For APS-C & Full-Frame Image Formats
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 9.84″
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Manual Focus
  • Operates in P/A/S/M Exposure Modes
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare