Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens review with samples

Here’s a slightly older lens from Samyang, for mirrorless, APS-C cameras, which has become very popular among Sony and Fuji owners (it’s also available for Canon EOS M, and Micro 4/3), and I’ve been itching to get my hands on one for a long time. This review was fun to put together.

By the way, this review is not sponsored by Samyang or Marumi or anyone else! I just love this lens, hehe (even though it’s not perfect).

All pictures taken by me on a Sony a6300 camera.

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Ahmed Recon says:

Thanks alot


Beautifull lens!! Tnaks a lot for the review!!

symoon jugz says:

can you do a review of a 12mm f/2.8 7artisans lens? you always do a great review on lenses, you’re always been my go-to guy when it comes to lens review. 😀

Dorin Lucian says:

is this lens good for astrophotography?

Steven Dean says:

Nice review. Just one question. If I only shoot jpegs, will my Sony a6000 auto correct the CA in the corners? Thanks!

Robin Hong says:

Awesome review! The sharpness tests have been a huge help. Thanks!

David Ang says:

even this lens are for apsc sensor lens, is it still crop to 1.6? so those lens not 12mm actually?

julio cesar ortiz says:

Hi thanks for your Amazing reviews, but I have a question difference between Samyang SY12M-FX-BK 12mm and Rokinon 12mm f2.0 ncs ?

Ralph E says:

@chris: might there be a chance for a review of the 10mm f 2.8 samyang?

PA' E says:

can it be used for fullframe for sony a7ii?

saneeshlakers says:

I just bought Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS for using with Nex 3N E-mount Mirrorless Camera But upgrading to Sony A6000 or A6300 because manual focus will be better with View Finder, also A6000 and A6300 Got 920k Dot Screen comparing to 460k dot screen of Nex 3N . Even with Nex 3N i am getting good sharp images but hoping that it will be more better with A6000 or A6300 View Finder.

For indian Market great wide angle lens to buy with 25000/- Indian rupees from Amazon Rokinon is 32000/- INR. All most all other wide angle lenses below 14mm Crosses 30000/- INR. Quality is also good as it is a fixed focal length lens. Only downside can be that the lens is Manual operation but when you check prices of other wide angle lenses you will naturally excel in manual focusing :). Gr8 lens for Architectural and Interior Photography for reasonable price.

María Vera says:

I’ve just bought this lens and I think it has an issue because the focusing ring doesn’t rotate, it seems to be stuck. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or it’s really a problem with my lens. Apart from that, the focus peaking doesn’t work either. I’m using an Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II. Could you lend me a hand with this? Lots of thanks.


what the fuck is the “anst today” ? AND not ANST!!

Tyler Palmer Filmmaker says:

Just uploaded a film about this lens. Travelled over 250 miles to discover I had forgotten my adapter for my canon lenses. Only had the 12mm that I was able to use so had to haha I was pleasantly surprised after not using it for a good while. Great lens!

wiseirbis says:

Tokina 11-16 on speedbooster vs Samyang 12mm? What’s wider?

David Gardiner says:

Can you recommend a filter adapter for 67mm to 77mm? Is this lens filter adapter needed for the Samyang 12mm F/2 on the Sony A6500 to prevent or reduce vignetting? Also would a variable ND filter or regular ND filter (at what strength) be good to pair with this lens if taking landscape photographs in bright settings?

Łukasz Sarnacki says:

I heard that using polarizing filters with wide lenses can lead to uneven colours. Have you experienced such problems with this lens?

Airflow Aviation says:

Does focus peaking work?

Ken Man says:

Why is the edge of the photo always seem blurry? I used f8 and f11. The edge is still blurry.

Santhosh Pream says:

Can I use it for full frame a7R

Agusta Wicaksono says:

Hey Chris,
In terms of sharpness, how sharp this lens is if we compare to Samyang 16mm t1.5?

rati oboladze says:

sigma 16mm f1.4 in comparison with this pleaseeeeee! 🙂

Azad Soch says:

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greengwie says:

Thanks for this wonderful review. How would you compare this lens to the Sigma 16mm 1.4?

Justo Alejandro Gonzalez says:

This is a toughful, lovely, useful review. Thanks for that. Liked and Suscribed. I think that I’ll check more videos from this channel… well done!

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