Samyang 12mm F2.0 | Overview and Photo samples

The Samyang 12mm F2.0 Lens.

​The Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 Lens is a prime wide-angle lens (fixed Focal length) designed specifically for use with APS-C sized image sensors. Providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 18mm and a broad 98.9° angle of view, this lens is well-suited for architectural, interior, and landscape images. Its fast f/2.0 maximum aperture is further beneficial to working in low-light conditions

  • Focal Length: 12mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F2.0
  • Coverage: APS-C/Four Thirds
  • Optical Construction: 12 Glass Elements In 10 Groups
  • Aperture Range: F2.0 to F22
  • Diaphragm Blades: 6
  • Coating: Nano Coating System
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 7.87”(0.2m)
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Lens Hood: Removable Petal Shaped
  • Maximum Diameter: 2.85”(72.5mm)
  • Weight: 8.64oz (245g)
  • Length: 2.32” (59.0mm)

I brought this lens around 10 months ago for my  Fuji FinePix X-T1
My main reason for the original purchase was for time-lapse photography, the lens is small and light, you also have to manually set the aperture blades, which means they stay in the set position during the multiple exposures which can help reduce flickering, I also wanted to use it with on my TurnsPro, the Turnspro is limited to how much weight it can hold, and with my Fuji X-T1 and a Samyang 12mm it brought the total weight well below the recommend amount.

Since owning this lens its now my "GoTo" lens, I use it for everything, particularly out shooting landscapes and days out with my family.

If you are not use to shooting with manual lenses it can take some time to get the hang of it, one advantage with using this on a Fuji X-T1, is with the digital viewfinder, at a touch of a button you can zoom right in and get a quicker more accurate focus. But, after using this lens for a some time I can get the focus spot on without the focus zoom or peaking options.

Pros and Cons

  • Small 
  • Light
  • Sharp 
  • Good price
  • Smooth focus ring
  • Nice aperture clicks
  • Great build quality
  • Manual everything  (this can be a Con for some)
  • No EXIF data from the lens (would be nice sometimes)
  • Not weather sealed (but I have used it in light rain without any problems...not recommended though)

Is it worth the money??
Personally YES, I use this lens so much and really enjoy using it, I love the manual focus and aperture, its sharp, light and easy to carry around. For me its a great lens for family life, landscapes and general walk around photography, I know a few who also love it for street photography.

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Photo Samples
Camera: Fuji X-T1
Lens: Samyang 12 mm F2.0

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