The Samyang / Rokinon AF 24mm F2.8 FE lens for Sony Full-Frame E-mount follows on from Samyang’s AF 35mm f2.8 FE lens which was released in 2017 and received very positive reviews.
Just to note, in the US market this lens is labelled as the Rokinon AF 24mm F2.8 FE lens, but other than the name confusion these lenses are identical and both made by Samyang Optics.
Weighing in at only 93g (without lens cap and hood), you will barely notice the AF 24mm F2.8 FE lens on your camera; and with a price tag of around $399.00 or £280.00, this will certainly be an affordable lens for many.
But is it worth adding this lens to your kit?
Here’s a roundup of the best reviews for this lens to-date, both video and written. Please do let me know in the comments below if I’ve missed any reviews worth including, or if you already own this lens then it would be great to hear your thoughts as well.
If you prefer to sit back and watch reviews, then these are the best reviews for the Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE on YouTube worth watching.
If you prefer written reviews, then these are the ones worth reading.
Phillip Reeve says that every lens is a compromise between performance, price and size. The Samyang AF 2.8/24 FE puts a very small size and relatively low price over performance. If you don’t push it too hard it delivers good results but in more demanding scenarios I often found it lacking. Read his full review here.
Nick Taylor was very pleased about how fast and accurate the autofocus performs, even in low light, however the lens does unfortunately lack weather sealing. You can read his full review here.
Ryad Guelmaoui says that the Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE is an affordable, yet high quality lens. Sharpness is good when shooting wide-open, and further improves from f/4 and up. However the edges aren’t quite as sharp as the centre. You can read his full review here.
John Riley from ePhotoZine has nothing but positive words to say about the Samyang AF 24mm F2.8. He says it has superb performance, a compact size, excellent price and a compelling focal length to use, there’s nothing to dislike. You can read his full review here. This is probably one of the weaker reviews here, and I’m not overly fond of review sites that give practically every piece of gear reviewed some kind of award. However, there are not so many written reviews out for this lens right now, so I’ll include it for now.
The Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE certainly appears to be a tiny little lens that offers great autofocus performance and decent image quality at a very pocket friendly price point. It also takes small 49mm filters which will again save you a little money.
The autofocus motor is fast and barely audible, but it slows a little when shooting video. When shooting wide-open at f/2.8 the center of the image is nice and sharp, but the corners are a little softer with some chromatic aberration. Things sharpen up further between f/5.6 and f/11, but the edges remain a little soft.
If you are using this lens on an APS-C camera, then you’ll find that the corners are even softer wide-open than on a full frame camera like the a7 III.
There is some vignetting visible at f/2.8, which improves as you step-down but never completely goes away. However, turn on in-camera corrections and you won’t need to worry about vignetting when shooting jpeg.
You can view the full technical details of this lens on Samyang’s website.
- Fast, quiet, and accurate autofocus
- Small and light weight body
- Pleasing bokeh at close distances
- Good center sharpness wide-open
- Attractive price
- No weather sealing
- Some signs of chromatic aberration
- Edges are a little soft, even softer on APS-C cameras
Do you own this lens? If so, it would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments below.