Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount (APS-C) (Black)

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount (APS-C) (Black)

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount (APS-C) (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Sony E-Mount (APS-C) Lens
  • 18mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.0 to f/22
  • One Aspherical & One Hybrid Element
  • Three Low-Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Coating System
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Includes Removable Lens Hood
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Samyang 12mm f/2.0 overview

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The black 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount (APS-C) from Samyang is a wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for use with APS-C format image sensors. Providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 18mm and a broad 98.9° angle of view, this lens is well-suited for architectural, interior, and landscape images. Its fast f/2.0 maximum aperture is beneficial to working in low-light conditions.

One aspherical element, one hybrid aspherical element and three elements made of low dispersion glass have been incorporated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortion for sharper, high contrast imaging throughout the frame. Additionally, a Nano Coating System (NCS) has been applied to the lens elements in order to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting. A six-blade aperture closes to create a near full circle and the lenses minimum focus distance is 7.9".  The lens barrel is built with aluminum alloy with a 67mm diameter filter thread and includes a removable petal-style lens hood.

Wide-angle prime lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 18mm for comprehensive wide-angle applications including architectural and landscape photography.
Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions.
Three extra-low dispersion elements, one hybrid aspherical element and an aspherical element reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions in order to produce sharper images from the center to the corner of the image frame.
Nano Coating System improves light transmission and suppresses lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich, color-neutral images.
Durable aluminum alloy build and included removable petal-style lens hood.
UPC: 084438762914
In the Box
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount (APS-C) (Black)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Samyang 12mm f/2.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 12mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 18 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility Sony NEX (APS-C)
    Angle of View 98.9°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
    Elements/Groups 12 / 10
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.85 x 2.33" (72.5 x 59.1 mm)
    Weight 8.64 oz (245 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.9 x 4.7"

    Samyang 12mm f/2.0 reviews

    12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens for Sony E-Mount (APS-C) (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 51.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best budget lens for astro photography for Crop Sensor cams I'm using this lens mainly for astro photography. And for that, I know no better lens for the price and quality. If the photos turn out bad, it is most likely that I missed out on something. This is a full mechanical, lens, without any computerized aid. Aperture, manual, Focus, manual. But astro photography is a manual mode think, anyway. The APS-C (Crop sensor) cameras usually labeled as useless for astro photography, due to the small size of the sensor. I beg to differ. If the lens is fast enough, (lets in enough light), then it is doable. This 12mm lens goes all the way to 2.0 F stops, which is plenty of light, even for a crop sensor. If you are on a budget, but would like to get into astro photography, then this is your lens.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Image Quality So for the $319 I paid for this lens here at B&H I wasn't really expecting much. But to my surprise it's a very sharp lens and I'm not seeing much in the way of soft edges or corners. It's small and light and fits on my a6000 very well. It's an all manual lens so for those who aren't used to a manual lens it may be intimidating. Don't worry. Since it's such a wide angle there is tons, or miles, of depth of field. According to the DOF Master app if you set the f-stop to 5.6 and your focus distance to 5 feet, everything from 2.3 feet to infinity is in focus. So don't fear not having auto focus. Just use those settings and fire away. That's what I did for the street musician pic I posted.
    Date published: 2017-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Wide Angle Lens Recently purchased for my Sony 6500. I wanted this wide lens for astrophotography as well as general walk around. And, I'm learning how to use a manual lens, too. So far it's really good walking around flower gardens, downtown city streets, and as my dash cam. I discovered that unlike other lenses this wide angle stays in focus better that my auto focus lens. As a dash cam I shoot mostly photos as we drive down scenic highways in our truck and travel trailer. To much light in town for testing night skies, can't wait for our next trip into the desert. And, yes I have Sony's wire type remote.
    Date published: 2017-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent, yet affordable landscape lens for my Sony A6000 I just received this in the mail, inspected it, mounted it, and took a couple of dozen photos. I bought this lens primary for landscape and astrophotography. It's the same exact lens as the Rokinon 12mm f2, just branded as Samyang, for whatever reasons it costs less than the Rokinon. I'm quite pleased with the build quality and performance of this lens considering it's price. I have a few Sony e-mount lenses, but this is my first third-party manual lens. I found it very easy to use and I'm fairly new at this. With focus peaking and magnification, manual focus is easy. My only two minor complaints would be (a) the aperture ring is a bit too small and (b) the lens cap is a kind of finicky to snap on, but it does stay on once you get it.
    Date published: 2016-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great initial showing; will update after more pics taken This is a sharp little lens. As some reviewers have commented, its marking for infinity is not where the lens stops, but that's easily worked around in live view focusing. Once I set up my Sony a6000 to enlarge the focus via the c1 button, manual focusing was a snap. Focusing ring is smooth, aperture ring a little tight, but no complaints there. The picture is taken across the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, AK. Cloudy day. A little vignetting when wide open, but not much of a problem. For the price, I'm extremely pleased. What remains is to go out, try a little astro photography. (my 4 days in Juneau did not produce an aurora, which arrived the night I left) Will try to update the review as I go.
    Date published: 2017-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens at a great price In 2 weeks of using it, my feeling is that the lens itself is excellent, and using it takes some learning. Manual focus takes some getting used to on my part. Focus assist on a6000 helps immensely. Definitely not for anything that's moving toward or away from you. Sharpness is excellent, though there is some barrel distortion and no profile in Lightroom, so you have to correct for that manually. It also shifts slightly on the body (and the focus ring is pretty tight), so the lens does shift a little when hunting for focus. Having been jealous of amazing Milky Way shots previously, I got this lens and was immediately rewarded. It really is the lens that makes all the difference here. I can't speak authoritatively on coma, chromatic aberration, etc. but my layman's experience is that the super wide angle brings a completely different feel to my landscape shots that I'm enjoying, and the astro shots are amazing.
    Date published: 2016-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful to Use Delighted! This is a fun lens with fine optics and excellent build. It is light weight. It is FAST. Purchased for use as a night sky lens. I checked the infinity stop on focus ring, and contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, my lens seems to hit infinity right at the stop, no over reach. I now have choice of two ultra wides, the Sony 10-18/4 and this 12/2 prime. Each serves a purpose. At night, and in low light, the f2 wins. If I could only keep one, think I'd choose the F2. When traveling, this will be my choice, mounted on one of my 3 Nex-7's or my a6500.
    Date published: 2017-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good build, excellent price-performance ratio, bokeh! I don't know BH Photo's sales numbers on this item but looking at the number of reviews I kind of feel this lens is heavily underrated and overseen by many Sony Nex owners. Maybe it's the name or the price or the manual focus? Anyhow - besides the Sony Nex 10-18/4.0 this little 12/2.0 gem is my new favorite when it comes to wide angle. I don't leave home without this lens and here's why: + F2.0 opening in a super wide angle (18mm in fullframe) WOW !!! The background can be blurry! + Massive increase in field of view over the kit 16-50 lens + Excellent sharpness (totally usable at F2.0) in the corners and center + CA issues out of the camera even in the extreme corners really really limited (best I have personally seen so far - see list below) + Extremely compact, light and handy package (especially for a super wide angle!) + Totally attractive price for a super wide angle + Nicely built (plasticky but feels excellent) + No issues with pinkish color shifts on NEX-7 (unlike the Samyang 8/2.8 which is affected) Neutral: Manual focus (Irrelevant for a super wide angle at F4 or F5.6 as its impossible to miss focus even at very rough manual distance settings. But with this lens: you must use focus peaking with your NEX when using this lens wide open!) - Focus ring is a bit stiff on my piece. That surely is better for such a lens than it being too loose but still not that welcome - Vignetting wide open is (to no surprise) noticeable. A bit annoying in stitched Panoramas but very easy to correct in postprocessing - Not suitable for IR photography (mild to average IR spot issue) - better use the Sony 10-18/4 which is excellent for IR photography In my personal experience there is no way you get better super wide angle picture quality for this price right now. Or even twice the price or maybe even triple the price. Other super wide angles or fisheye I owned and used: Nikon 10/2.8 for DSLR (so so, good only with Nikon in camera post processing, very bad with Nikon NEX adapter) Samyang 8/3.5 for DSLR (so so) Samyang 8/2.8 for NEX (excellent but pinkish area issue with NEX-7) Tamron-Sony 11-18/4-5.6 for DSLR (avoid!) Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 (good for a DSLR lens but only soso compared to this lens on NEX-7) Sony Nex 10-18/4 (good to excellent) All of these were worse (or much much worse) when it comes to sharpness or CA. Ok, all of them deliver an extra 1-2mm wideness or are fisheyes or have a zoom range... The Sony Nex 10-18/4 I also own is an excellent alternative with very decent picture quality too - but at almost three times the price and much bulkier than this tiny lens! Google for Zeiss 12/2.8 comparison to understand that the Samyang 12/2.0 could save you some money you can then spend on other high quality glass! If you don't care for the weight and size in your bag and the significant higher price then the Sony NEX 10-18/4 is the better and more versatile alternative. If it comes to creating a blurry background with a super wide angle then the Samyang 12/2.0 is your lens! Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2016-02-27
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