Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens for Canon EF (AE Chip)

Model #SYAE35M-C

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Weight 1.56 lb (710 g)
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.27 x 4.39" (83 x 111.5 mm)


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 63.1°
APS-C Picture Angle: 40.8°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 56 mm
Diaphragm Blades 6
Elements/Groups 12/10
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF


Autofocus No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
29 June 2011

A fully-manual prime lens with a fast aperture at a bargain price

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    Bright aperture, build quality

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    Weak performance at wide aperture

9 June 2012

Handling and features This lens is available to fit many different types of cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Four Thirds SLRs as well as Samsung NX mirrorless cameras.

4 July 2012

If you're looking for a sharp, moderate wide angle with a fast aperture and can live with focusing manually, you need look no further. The performance at f/1.4 is amazing for a lens that costs under £400, and this is with good build quality, low CA, distortion and falloff that is typical of lenses...

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    Very inexpensive, Excellent sharpness, even at f/1.4, Even better sharpness when stopped down a little, Low CA and distortion, Good build

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    Contrast suffers when shooting into the light

Photozone de.34752480
24 January 2012

Samyang continues to surprise us with the high quality of their recently released products. The Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is capable of delivering a very high quality straight from f/1.4. The contrast level is a bit reduced at max. aperture.

Photozone de.34752480
11 November 2011

Samyang continues to surprise us regarding the quality of their recently released products. The full format Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is capable of delivering a very high quality straight from f/1.4. The contrast level is a bit reduced at max. aperture though.

Practical photography.34754171
30 September 2011

Available in a range of mounts, and both Four Thirds and Samsung NX versions, the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is an attractive lens for CSC users wanting a fast prime. Samyang’s 35mm f/1.4 AS USM features a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture that’s two-thirds of a stop faster than an f/1.8.

Amateur photographer.32822919
27 August 2011

The Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is the company’s most expensive lens to date, but at a street price of around £320 it is only about 25% of the price of a comparable optic from the likes of Canon, Nikon and Sony. This means that the Samyang model is around £1,000 cheaper than its rivals.

Photozone de.34752480
23 June 2011

Samyang continues to surprise us regarding the quality of their recently released products. The full format Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is capable of delivering a very high quality straight from f/1.4 - at least within the tested APS-C scope. The contrast level is a bit reduced at max.

Lenstip com.34355424
30 March 2011

In this summary you can write just one thing: aces of the photographical market, it’s high time you got down to work seriously! If Samyang is able to launch a 540$ lens which, when it comes to the image quality, is only slightly worse than the Canon 35L, which can compete on equal terms with the...

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    very good, momentarily even splendid image quality in the frame centre,, good image quality on the edge, even on full frame,, low lateral chromatic aberration,, moderate distortion,, splendidly corrected astigmatism,, the smallest vignetting in the 1.4/35 class lenses,, decent work against bright...

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    visible longitudinal chromatic aberration,, noticeable coma.

User Reviews
23 June 2017

I just can't get over the image quality of this lens. I shoot landscapes mainly from F5.6-11 and for my application I would have to spend $5000 on the Otus 35mm to get better image quality.

29 March 2017

Sharp fast lens. I'd buy another.

28 February 2017

Excellent lens, no autofocus, no VR very sharp

1 December 2016

I am using this lens for a moment.. Yes It is manual with chip... Even sometimes doesn't confirm, it is not big issue for manual lens lovers... The good thing is, even not confirming, menus on camera and option AV / P / FULL AUTO / all works like automatic and very good result.

24 April 2016

Love my 50mm lens but I want to get in closer to someone or something and still have that sharpness, this lens does just that for me.

11 April 2016

I used this len at a wedding and the sharpness of the video was awesome.

4 April 2016

Sick lens, sick price.

Lenstip com.34355424
19 February 2016

get one! this is a wonderful lens!

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    sharp sharp sharp; contrasty

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22 December 2015

This lens is the best 35mm 1.4 lens i've ever had! Both video and image quality is tact sharp!

Lenstip com.34355424
25 November 2015

Obviously from positive reviews elsewhere I must have a dismal example of this lens. Caveat Emptor. I will never buy another Samyang lens. Try as I might I cannot any longer bring myself to put on my camera.... It really is that e'ffing useless!

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    Alas my example is not sharp at even F5.6. F1.4 to F2.0 it is simply woeful, appalling actually :( Bokeh is awful.

Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Compatible with Full-Frame and APS-C
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • 56mm (35mm Equivalent on APS-C)
  • Auto Exposure Control and Focus Confirm
  • One Aspherical and Two HR Elements
  • UMC Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
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In The Box
  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens for Canon EF (AE Chip)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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