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Review : Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens for Sony E-mount

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Here is the first review for the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens for Sony E-mount. ePhotozine reviewed the Samyang’s AF Prime lens and found that it had some very impressive performance.

Designed for Sony E-Mount full frame mirrorless cameras the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens is the newest compact and affordable glass with a price tag of $399. The lens is also compatible with APS-c models where it will provide a 67.5mm equivalent focal length.

It uses aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements to minimize various aberrations and an Ultra Multi-Coating reduces flare and ghosting. Additionally, it can focus as close as 1.5′ and has a 9-bladed circular aperture for smooth bokeh.

From ePhotozine review :

With a high level of performance and a pleasing character, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens has plenty of potential to become a favourite. There are some parameters that may need some additional correction in software, not really an issue as the solutions are there. It is light and compact and generally just delivers the goods in a simple, discrete package. – ePhotozine

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low distortion
  • Light and compact
  • Excellent price
  • Low central CA
  • Excellent handling

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Cons

  • Flare with strong backlight
  • No weather sealing

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