Offering an ultra-wide field of view, the Sony E-mount AF 18mm f/2.8 FE from Samyang is also distinguished by its especially compact and lightweight design. The rectilinear wide-angle design is well-suited for landscape, architecture, and interior subjects, as well as being suitable for astrophotography applications. Its optical design includes a series of aspherical, high refractive index, and extra-low dispersion elements, which reduce a variety of aberrations in order to produce well-controlled, sharp, and clear imagery. An Ultra Multi-Coating has also been applied to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy. Additionally, the lens's linear STM autofocus motor works in conjunction with Sony cameras' AF systems for quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance, and manual focus override is also available for more refined control.
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Three Aspherical and Two HR Elements
- Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
Samyang AF 18mm f/2.8 Overview
Samyang AF 18mm f/2.8 Specs
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||100.1°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||9.84" / 25 cm|
|Optical Design||9 Elements in 8 Groups|
|Filter Size||58 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.5 x 2.38" / 63.5 x 60.5 mm|
|Weight||5.11 oz / 145 g|
|Package Weight||0.72 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.9 x 4.7 x 4.7"|
Samyang AF 18mm f/2.8 Reviews
excellent lens for Astrophotography
wow... amazing wide angle lens for nature and Astrophotography.
Mixed it up a bit and bought a NON Sony lens for travel.... saved a little. Extremely impressed with the value and the picture results... excellent product for the money!
For those rare times I need a wider field than 24mm
This lens is small and light weight, easy to carry in a pocket or small sling bag. Autofocus works well with my Sony A74, and the lens is sharp except for the outside edges and corners. The lens hood is thin plastic that feels cheap. I shoot Samyang 35mm and 75mm also, which while small too, feel more solid and with a stronger feeling hood and attachment. I will upgrade from this if I begin using this FOV more.
Makes clicking sounds when recording video
I bought this lens to record videos on my alpha7m3. The lens makes a constant clicking/vibration sound when you press the record button. The sound is loud enough to get pickup by the camera's built in mic especially in a quiet environment.
Lightweight Travel Companion
Love this little lens, it's always with me when I go for travel and hiking. However I did have one issue where the lens autofocus during video caused weird exposure flickering. May be will be fixed via a firmware update but again for that I need a lens station. But again a great bang for the buck!
Well, I got it here for 299$ and for that money it is a steal. It's shifted towards yellow, it's dull as a rock, hunts focus like drunk daredevil but still, it is a steal all things considered.
Perfect for purpose
The thing about this lens is the size/weight/price For my purpose, it's perfect. I'm building a gear set just for travel. I want small and light. This goes with a FF Sony A7C plus the Sony 28-66. This gives me a wa I can have in my bag with almost no size/weight penalty. AF is good on the A7C. IQ is good especially as it is FF. I definitely recommend this lens.
Good, not great, wide angle lens
I was looking for a cheap wide angle lens for my A7R3 and settled on this option. It is acceptably sharp, and works well. The lens feels very light and plastic-y, and the lens hood is similarly cheap feeling. Not an issue really, because it is cheap and I expected these things going in. My main complaint is the focusing. It takes a bit longer than my Sony lenses to focus, and the focus ring is very sensitive. I take a lot of photos of very fast subjects (race cars), and had to set it to manual to properly catch the scene. When in manual mode, it's very easy to bump the focus ring and have it move since it does not have much resistance. The good thing is being a wide lens, precise focusing is not as critical as other situations. An AF/MF switch on the lens itself and a better damped ring would be welcome additions. Overall it is worth the price, and it will work well until I am in a position to buy a better quality lens.
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