Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

Here’s a brand new lens from Samyang, as they seek to further expand their range of optics: a classic 100mm f/2.8 macro. Macro lenses are always fun, and you tend to end up using manual focus during macro photography anyway, so let’s see how it tests out.

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Comments

Zhorell Ski says:

How close could you focus for macro?

Rizqi Fahma says:

Talking about macro lens, would you review the Venus Laowa 60mm? Some people say that it’s also great, regarding to its ability on 2:1 scale.

ni1ight says:

Great review, thank you!

Ismo Mattila says:

Best accent on the internet 🙂 Love your videos!

Masticina Akicta says:

Mmm looking lovely. And if you go into Macro you need to use manual focus anyway. And having a nice large throw on the ring is awesome for that. So this one seems to be a winner!

Phuong Nguyen says:

Hey Christ. I have watched this video again and again for a really long time now. And I am thinking of buy a macro lens. In my mind now is the samyang 100mm f2.8 and the sigma 105mm f2.8 with optical stabilization. I like doing video work so it should be great if there is image stabilization, but I also really like sharpness of the samyang lens. So can you tell me which one should I go for and perhaps make a video for compare these two

Fred Hill says:

Can you review the new 35mm f2 from Yongnuo?? Thanks

Nasir Reshi says:

hello mr.chris i would like to know if i can use this for portrait lens becoz i would have macro as well so i wsih i could take both results tack sharp,what would you recommend ?

Proper Noun says:

Could you tell me the filter thread size on this?
I am a heathen who sometimes uses Macro filters on macro lenses. Arthropods can be small!

Guido Carello says:

Great videos! Would you ever try the tokina 100mm 2.8 macro?

Wendy Growcott says:

Hi Chris. Very clear and precise video. Always like your videos Greetings from New Zealand.

Peter van der Pluijm says:

What I didnt saw in your test: I tested my lens and did a range from 2.8 to f 22. The first two full stops ( from 2.8 till 4.0) the image was much darker then the rest of the range. When I gave a +1 full stop overlighting when photographing with 2.8 then only It was just as bright then the rest of the range. So I think 2.8 is not really a 2.8, not even close. Didn’t,t you had that experience?

Fabrizio Cimò says:

I can’t decide… Samyang 100 or Samyang 135 + extension tube for macros? which would be sharper?

Lawrence Scott says:

Where did you purchase this lens? I cannot find any in stock anywhere! Thanks, Chris.

Preston says:

Great review as always, Chris! I’m almost tempted to get one of these now…

zeus guinoo says:

hi christ i just want to ask if you made a review on Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro Lens? thanks

Commander says:

Thank you very much for this review! 😀

Gian Lombardo says:

Is this lens comparable to the 100mm 2.8L Macro? wich one is better in your opinion?

TheSelfCameraman says:

please try the Tokina 100mm Macro. Thank you!

Charlie Eads says:

Technology has crippled us to the point that we can take the time to manually focus a camera? Ok Ok there are times where auto focus is amazing and very helpful. I guess what I’m saying is there was a time where auto everything was not available and yet photographers still managed to get “The Shot”.

Kuan Gerry says:

This lens is basically on same price as a autofocus sigma 105mm Macro lens with Optical Stablizer. Why would someone buy it?

Zivlaks says:

Does anyone notice his voice is really weird? Not “bad weird”, just never heard such a “polite” sounding voice before 🙂 . Anyway, great vid

Hansle Goh says:

would this lens fit on my sony Nex-5T or do i need an adapter for the lens?

A mar says:

i bought it yesterday … big fan of them and also a fan of your channel here

Sigma Octantis says:

I would have liked to see a comparison between this lens and the Canon 100mm macro L

Domagoj Kudek says:

This or Sigma 105 macro, canon 100 macro, tokina 100 macro or canon 100L macro (more than double the money over the sigma)

Matthias Köhler says:

great video as usual; now all that’s missing is the 135mm f/2 😉

Sony John says:

Hi.
there are 2 version of this lens. the video version. Is that also so good for macro photography as this one?

Lemuel Worrell says:

Where is the best place to purchase this??

Geoffrey Harford says:

again u always do a nice review and straight to the point

Lau Bjerno says:

This is really fantastic in my opinion. Both this lens and the Samyang 135 f/2 make the Canon equivalents seem rather average by comparison – I wouldn’t dream of buying any of them! I love autofocus, but if I could get this kind of sharpness – to Heligoland with it!

José Cruz says:

Bringing the good, thank you! It makes absolute sense to have a manual macro lens considering you shoot manual all the time anyway. Great review, but hopefully it comes down in price some.

Anirban Manna says:

I love your camera review.can you please review tamron 90mm vc sp macro 1:1 f2.8

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