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Why I love this versatile Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE II

Alyssa Zalabai

Photographer from England

One of the most popular focal lengths for photography is 35mm due to its versatility.
I for one had fallen in love with the first Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 and now,
Samyang had finally released its second version, Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE II!

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What do I love about this AF 35mm F1.4 FE II lens?

Well, many, as I've said, it is a versatile lens. First of all, we do video contents on YouTube and this lens is our main appointed videography lens next to Samyang AF 24mm f1.8. Its fast AF paired with our Sony A74's tracking capability is certainly a match made in heaven. We can use it outdoors to show more of our location as well as indoor talking head videos where it's perfect to just place it on a tripod behind our computer table. The weight poses no problem too because we were able to put it on our gimbal with ease.

Next, the main thing I use this lens for is portrait photography, most importantly, indoor painterly photos. Oh, my goodness, I could talk about this all day, I get all worked up when it comes to that! As I have mentioned, I fell in love with the first Samyang 35mm and it’s the very lens that I have discovered the beauty of using artificial light and very posy images. This has explored the corners of my inner creativity and is one of the joys that I have in Portrait photography.

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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7RM3A
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/100 sec
ISO 250
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7RM3A
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/100 sec
ISO 250
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

I do this shoot just inside our home,
so this lens maximises the space
I have available since I don't need to
stand far from my subject.

This is particularly helpful when it comes to
my little models in which I am able to
keep a closer connection with them.

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It’s great for outdoor too! Because of its focal length, I can take full body shots that shows the surrounding and close up, more intimate portraits that's all about my subject. We went out in the City of Liverpool to shoot in a busy street, the place was surrounded by a crowd of people going about their day. My subject can be isolated well enough with this lens’s subtle bokeh.

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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/8000 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/8000 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
zoom
LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7RM3A
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/100 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

I am totally impressed with this as when we went inside local shops to shoot indoors with what available light they have, the lens was performing really well such as the AF and overall image quality. And talking about the AF, since we were doing quite a fast pace shoot whereas we are in the middle of the road or inside a busy shopping area,
I was able to quickly grab a shot and go out. This shoot, for example, was indoor, and we were there for about 5 minutes and I got so many shots in such a short time.
Fast AF and quick thinking on composition is a good combination when it comes to photoshoots like this.

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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/100 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
zoom
LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/100 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

Why is Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE II a better option?

Let's first compare it to the first one, although visually, they look similar apart from the newly added features such as the custom switch and focus hold button as well as the silver ring instead of the red ring, they aren't exactly the same internally.

From my user experience perspective, this lens has a much faster AF, I have used it on 3 Sony bodies, A7RIIIa, A7III, and A74. The chromatic aberration is very well controlled on this one especially when I'm shooting against bright light and I see that it produces a much better image quality.

Amongst all other 35mm available in the market, this is by far the best choice considering its price point and its capabilities. We have made a full review of this lens on our YouTube channel where we have tested it for outdoors, indoors and its autofocus which we have enjoyed so much. This is again, another lens I will be using quite a lot in the future.

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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/1600 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
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LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/2500 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
zoom
LENSES AF 35mm
F1.4 FE II
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.4
SPEED 1/1600 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 35mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

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The perfect spacing and distance are always necessary when shooting all kinds of subjects, including people, to give them a proper relationship with the beautiful space around them. So, what’s the exact distance that helps you best appreciate a work of art, or a photo?

The correct answer is the diagonal length of the full frame of a subject.

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The best standpoint from which to appreciate the full view of a subject is the distance of the diagonal length of the subject frame. This wider angle is superior to standing closer at a 50 degree angle to get a more detailed view. This notion of an ideal distance or view point is also applicable in the world of photography.

For still images, keeping a distance equal to the diagonal length of the full image surface is recommended. The full frame sensor of a digital camera is 36 x 24mm and the diagonal length is 43.26mm so any distance close to this number is nearer to the ideal than the currently accepted industry standard of 50mm.

Back when film cameras were common, 45mm was the industry standard and this continued as reflex cameras needed extra space to fit a mirror. However, as mirrorless cameras become more popular again, there has been a need to return to this industry standard…which is the impetus for the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE. With less distortion than a 35mm lens and wider angles than a 55mm lens, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is a perfect lens for portraits, landscapes, architecture photography, and pictures of pets.

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