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Samyang 24 mm F1.4 Manual Focus Lens for Pentax
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- Ideal for landscapes, interiors, street photography, low-light photography and general photography
- Constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images
- Features the latest generation multi-layer anti-reflection ultra multi-coating (UMC) to minimise flare and ghosting
- Minimum focusing distance of 9.84" for enhanced close-up shots
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|Item Dimensions||8.3 x 8.3 x 9.7 cm||8.7 x 8.7 x 9.4 cm||17.3 x 27.69 x 12.6 cm||10.67 x 7.87 x 12.19 cm||8.4 x 9.2 x 8.4 cm||8.2 x 8.2 x 14.8 cm|
|Item Weight||0.5 kg||0.5 kg||0.79 kg||1.36 kg||0.57 kg||0.8 kg|
|Max Focal Length||24 mm||14 mm||30||35 mm||50 mm||135 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||14 mm||15||18 mm||17 mm||135 mm|
|Mounting Type||Pentax K||Pentax K||Pentax||Pentax K||Pentax K||—|
Style Name: Pentax
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The Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC lens has been designed to work perfectly with most DSLR cameras equipped with full-frame and smaller image sensors. On full-frame cameras, it constitutes a high-quality wide-angle lens, perfect for street, landscape and architectural photography. Photographers with DX sensors will have the perfect lens for photo-journalism and general landscape photography. When attached to Four-Thirds system cameras, it creates a universal and bright optic, corresponding to 50mm angle of view. The optical configuration of the lens is based on 13 elements, arranged in 12 groups. Four of the elements use extra low-dispersion glass (ED), whilst two are Aspherical. Multi-layered anti-reflective coatings further add to perfect light transmission.
Samyang 24mm F1.4 Manual Focus Lens for Pentax
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Using Focal software, in theory the quality is poor under f2.2
In practice, it compared favorably (at f2.8) with a much more expensive 25mm lens.
On Nikon cameras the electronic contacts are great for using camera controlled aperture.
Infinity marker is a bit off and the build quality could be a bit higher.
Poor Quality at F1.4 and almost all stars including center points had severe coma. I tested it in multi conditions and from F1.4 to F4 each shot had stars center which had coma and in the top left stars were totally out of focus. After F4 the stars became much more clearer but that defies the idea of the lens.
If you search the net and reviews and feedback of these lenses you will see a lot of others have had similar problems, it happens!
Life is to short to be angry and Amazon and Carmarthen Cameras refunded my money straight away when i returned it. I must compliment them on their customer service, they were fair and in return I bought another type of lens.
I recommend this lens to everyone, but you have to also consider that from time to time you will get a bad copy. Just do a search on the internet and you will see what i mean.
I might try another copy but I'm a bit reticent about receiving another duff one.
This particular model is listed for a Canon, (although the lens instructions included in the box contain information on use with Pentax, Sony, Konica Minolta, and Four-Thirds cameras) here it used with a Canon EOS camera. The instructions suggest manually selecting the aperture and setting the camera to M, or with some Canon to Av where the camera will automatically set the shutter speed. In practice I found using the Av setting worked well in good light, but not well in poor light; however setting the camera to P achieved good results with poor light; however further experiment is no doubt needed to get the best out of it. As most of my photography is taken with aperture the priority this works well for me.
Focusing is another matter though, this has to be set manually. This is nothing unusual, when I started out in photography it was really the only way, yet I do not find it easy with this lens. The problem may partly be mine as I now have to contend with varifocal spectacles, troublesome a the best of times but a real problem when looking through a viewfinder (on a camera with a large rear viewing screen this would no doubt be a lot easier); so accurate focusing I found very difficult - add to that the need to view initially at full aperture so as to be able to see well and then having to stop down to the chosen aperture the whole process can become tiresome. However set the camera on a tripod and it is a different matter, although not removing the problems it does make managing them easier.
Results are good, in some cases impressive, general shots especially, but even with relative close-ups it turns out a good shot (although this is not a close up lens, it will focus down to 25mm but here the wide-angle shows for one is still not that close as far as the picture is concerned). But while the lens is capable, realising the capability takes some effort as mentioned.
There is I feel no doubt about the quality of this lens, and for the money in that respect it is good value; but I have to ask myself why would I buy this particular lens with its lack of facility when I could but one that took advantage of all that my camera had to offer in way of function. Why would I choose this over say the Canon EFS 15-86mm IS lens? - the answer is quite simply I would not for the latter has much more to offer and costs little more than the Samyang. It leaves me with the question who is this lens aimed at? I cannot see that with its limitations that it will prove popular with the amateur enthusiast.
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