Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE lens review with samples

Here we have something exciting – one of the first modern Samyang lenses to feature autofocus! It’s exclusively for Sony mirrorless cameras – full-frame or APS-C. I’d like to thank Intro2020, Samyang’s UK distribotor, for loaning me this lens for two weeks for testing.

All pictures shot by me on a Sony a6300 camera.

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Shane Doyle says:

Happy that you have your hands on some Sony gear.
I’m looking forward to seeing more reviews.

Lau Bjerno says:

Sony? I almost feel like exclaiming “traitor”, but I won’t. 🙂
But first Eos M, now Sony. Sadly this channel is fast becoming less relevant for Canon DSLR shooters.

thewatcher33 says:

Hello Chris, can you review the sigma 24-60mm f2.8 for canon

SeanWarlock says:

Hi @Cristopher,

Will this work on the sony A6000 camera as it is also E-mount. just called a supplier here in South Africa and the said it will not work which is just weird

Mohan Krishna says:

Please do tamron 150 – 600 g2 review. The dxomark put up very poor number for G2 and says it is less sharper than G1 version. It would be very interesting test. Would like to know ur thoughts. Thanks.

Joshua Mack says:

crowdfounding for an a7r2 would be an idea;) AS much AS one might love canon, To thoroughly test all sorts or lenses, that would be perfect (except its not 50 MP. or even more. )

Fazil Haq says:

finally…thanks for the review. i hope you will review more sony lens

Christoffer Nelson says:

I have to say, of all the Samyang lenses you’ve reviewed, this appears to be the weakest performer, but as I am a manual shooter it has little impact on me or my love of Samyang. The mirrorless primes are still just about my favourite lenses currently on the market.

Laugh for Life says:

unfortunately, it doesn’t have stabilization

Wandering Visuals says:

Any idea if they’re planning an 85mm equivalent of this?

zomgonzo says:

please review Samyang 12 mm f2.0 for APS-C Sony

PA Videos says:

An eyelash short of 100k subscribers. Well done.

SwissArtsMedia says:

Wait… at 5.19 isn’t this a watch of the the SBB? 😀

Tomsin Adeyefa says:

Hi Chris, I’m a big fan of your reviews and I always use them as reference point when choosing lens. Can you do a review on Tamron 28-300mm f/3.56.3 Di VC PZD Lens.
Thank you

Adrian Chu says:

Oh… finally Sony E mount

TheTapdancer4ever says:

Christopher!! E MOUNT!!! YEAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Achilleas Labrou says:

I have bought the full frame Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 for my Sony a7 and I have regretted that. It is a cheap around 300€ and light around 200 grams.
However I should have spent some more money for the autofocus full frame Samyang 50mm f/1.4 or the exceptional Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8.
Except the Zeiss which collaborates closely with Sony, Samyang/Rokinon is the only third party manufacturer of autofocus full frame e-mount lenses. Sigma and Tamron have produced only autofocus APS-C e-mount lenses.
I hope in the future to see your review for the other one 14mm f/2.8 full frame autofocus e-mount lens from Samyang. As far as I know it isn’t similar to other Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens for Canon and Nikon.

민킴 says:

Thank you for the great reviews. They are extremely helpful.
Can you please review xf16-55 which many people are interested in? (or which I am interested in :D)

Harlan Mccoy says:

I think I would pick up a used 55 1.8 for an extra 150 over this.

JC Lamus says:

Great review. How does it compare to the sony zeiss 55mm 1.8? I’m a bit on the fence as to which option I should go with… thank you

Ian Wilkinson says:

I’d be interested to know if this lens is fully compatible electronically with the A6300; for example, does Eye AF work?

Tech It Out says:

Hi Christopher. Do you have a recommendation or have you reviewed a micro 4/3 lens (G7 specifically) which is wide angle/fisheye and what would be your recommendation. To be used for filming. By the way there is a job going here down south perhaps you could apply for. Comes with a funny hat and a long selfie stick 😉 Thanks

Danilo G says:

Hello Christopher! Would you make a review on the Fujinon 23mm f2 WR R?

Prodromos says:

Hey man, great review, how can I contact you? Thank you.

Thierry Paul says:

Love this lens on my a6000

Torsten Simon says:

Yeah, great! More Sony E Mount reviews in the future please, great review 🙂

Gershon Dharmanandan says:

Please review the 16-50 sony kit lens.

Calvin Chung says:

Hello Chris,
Any coming review for the Samyang/Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC?

Cristian Canales says:

would you test adapted lenses in the a6300?

Ipixit on-IG says:

can you recommend a reasonably priced wide angle lens for sony a7

Pas Jouwbuis says:

Great review! Do all the pdaf points work with this lens or only in the center (like the Sigma 60mm 2.8) ? And how about Eye-AF?

Tiggen the cat says:

what is the difference between fe and e mount? can i also use fe for my a6000? And is fe especially for apcs?

viktoras georgas says:

Hello Chris, i have been following you for years, really enjoying your work. Its really nice to see that you reviewing Sony e mount lenses now as well. You think that you could review also the Samyang 14mm af? Thanks a lot. See you on the next one.

rolemodel4kids says:

You’re never going to see this lens on Canon or anywhere else. Sony let Samyang/Rokinon borrow their autofocus technology and design language for this lens.

cyfei717 says:

could you please do some testes for Canon FD lenses?

LeoInterHyenaem says:

Christopher, you sound like a gentleman. A rare distinction in the age of pervasive ill-breeding and its ramifications.

That aside, I have a question: have you reviewed a Zeiss Touit 32mm (on either Sony or on Fuji)?
The Fujinon 23mm?
And the Fujinon 90mm F2.0?

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