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Samyang16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Lens for Nikon
 
4.5

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4.0

Rediscover Manual Focus lens

By JiCi

from Montreal, QC

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Lens Cap Hard To Put On

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Lens for Nikon:

Great product overall. The only option on APS-C to a Nikon 24 1.4 on FF. Close focus create nice blurred background in a wide composition. Focus ring precise and smooth. Overall construction is solid. Only lens cap need to be replace since it is hard to put on, and impossible with gloves. Great to rediscover manual focus.

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5.0

A long awaited APS-C wide-angle prime

By hoof

from Kenmore, WA

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Pros

  • Fast
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Sharp wide open

Cons

  • Manual focus only

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Lens for Nikon:

There has been a lot of talk about a lack of wide-angle (16-18mm) primes for APS-C. It seems all the wide-angle lenses for APS are zooms, and most are F/3.5 or slower.

This is my fourth Samyang lens. Samyang produces lenses that have exceptional optics (if you can get a good copy), but are much cheaper than the big name-brands, albeit with manual focus only.

However, this lens is unique. Nobody else makes wide angle primes for APS.

What really surprised me were the optics wide open. At F/2, there is almost no chromatic aberration (other than easily corrected lateral CA that all wide-angles seem to have). All my other fast glass (F/2 or faster) have lots of longitudinal chromatic aberration that degrades the view, especially in the out-of-focus areas. This lens is almost completely free of this aberration.

There are few lenses I have used that are F/2 and faster where F/2 is almost as good as F/5.6. This is one of them. The edges aren't perfect at F/2, but the next fastest 16mm lens is the Tokina 11-16mm, after that, they're all F/3.5 or slower. I used to own the Tokina 11-16mm, and it had significant field curvature at 16mm that this lens lacks. Optically, this lens is better at F/2 than the Tokina was at F/4.

Great lens, but a specialized item. One of the best F/2 or faster lenses I've used. For those who care about full-frame equivalency, this will yield photos similar to a 24mm F/2.8 on full-frame.

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