Samyang is showing some love for the E-mount by coming with 2 new lenses specifically designed for the Sony E-mount: The 50mm f/1.4 and the new 14mm f/2.8. The 14mm is interesting for me especially because the ‘old’ E-mount version (not specifically designed for mirrorless, basically a DSLR version with a built in adapter which makes it big’) was one of my favourite fast wide-angle primes because it was so sharp wide open at f/2.8.
As I only had this lens for a few days I will not go into too much details. Samyang also told me this was not a 100% final version. What I can do is give my first impressions and show some image samples. In this short ‘first impressions’ article I will compare the lens with the old version.
As can be seen in the photo the size of the new lens is much smaller than the old e-mount version. It also has a much more modern look than the old version. The look is very clean with clean fonts and a very big smooth focus ring. The whole scale display is stripped from the design and the focus ring turns unlimited. This is similar to the Zeiss Batis focusing for e-mount. You would have to check your focus scale and infinity on the digital bar on your camera display. The looks of the lens in general are of course subjective. I personally think the design is beautiful. The lens just looks very sexy on the A7 bodies:
A7RII with the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 FE attached.
The focus ring focuses extremely smooth, a bit too smooth in my opinion. When using the lens in the field I had it change focus on numerous occasions when using manual focus because I touched the ring by accident. Of course, the main difference between this and the old version is the auto focus. The auto focus works fast and smooth and the autofocus motor is very silent.
With the new version all of the EXIF data is being transferred to the camera body from the lens. This wasn’t the case with the old version.
The old version was ‘famous’ for it’s extreme distortion that looks a bit like a moustache. With the new design of the new lens the distortion has greatly improved. The moustache is gone. The lines are still slightly curved because of the big curved front element but this is easily fixed with a lens profile. In fact: By using the Sony FE 16-35 f4 lens profile in Lightroom it corrected the images very well. An ‘official’ lens profile was not available yet at the time of writing this article. Here’s a little comparison: