21 Jul Quick Test with the Samyang 12mm f2

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Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to take the Samyang 12mm f2 wide angle prime lens for a quick walk in the paddock and pitlane during the set up day for the European Le Mans Series event at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.  

I already have the superb 8mm f2.8 fisheye made by the Korean manufacturer and I was intrigued to see how good the Samyang 12mm f2 would be in the real world. I am happy to report that the results were just as I expected – they were excellent!  The lens gives the same field of view as an 18mm f2 on a full frame camera. 

Like the 8mm fisheye, the 12mm f2 is manual focus only and there is no electronic coupling with the camera so the EXIF data shows the lens to be a 50mm f1.0.  You can set the data in the camera to 12mm manually but in the EXIF data the aperture will always show f1.0 – this is annoying but not a big problem in my book.

The build quality of the lens is excellent, it has a solid feel with a metal lens mount.  The aperture ring moves with a fluid motion, but not too loose that you can easily knock it off the setting you have selected.  The focus ring is also excellent and focusing this lens manually is very good and precise, especially if you select ‘focus peaking’ on the X-Series cameras to aid you.

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