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Samyang 10mm (2.8) is a dream!

I know that is a strong statement but I like the Samyang 10mm for several reasons. It is very wide, it is fast, and it is very sharp.

It might not matter but if you like to shoot wide (as many do) having that very wide field of view will matter alot. I could not use it as a main lens but it is great for environmental shots (and landscapes too).

The people in Korea have been working hard to giving up pretty high quality glass that is have exposure confirmation. I am not sure I have had a Samyang glass that I didn’t like to be honest.

I am no Ken Rockwell or anything but some people like all the technical stuff. It does have six aperture blades and 14 elements in 10 groups. That is not bad for a lens costing $300 on Amazon or Ebay right now.

The specs that interest me more is the minimum focusing distance of less than ten inches and that it comes with nano crystal coating. That is something that you only get with more expensive Nikon glass.

I realize that there are not many cases that you would focus  at a foot and do it at 10mm. I do get that but I could see using it for video that close.

The three things I love about Samyang 10mm

The first thing is how wide it is. Let’s deal with the APSC vs 35mm discussion out of the gate. We all know this is basically 15mm in full frame talk. However, you know what a good 15mm cost? The Carl Zeiss 15mm is only $2,300. Only. 

I love the super wide shots, especially for travel photography. I want to shot where people are. Photography is about telling the story and it is easiest to do that at a focal length that tells you where they are and what is around them. Travel photography is just best at ultra-wide lengths.

The second reason is how fast the aperture is. It is hard to find a wide lens that is 2.8. Most max out at 4.5 and some are even only 5.6. You are losing alot of light that you could use. Who wants to lose two complete stops of light in the aperture? I do not.

While shooting the Samyang 10mm, getting that nice blurred background (we call it Bokeh) is not that important; it might be cool with some shoots. It is very nice for video shooting too.

Also, remember you can always stop the aperture down on a fast lens but you can’t stop up a slow lens.

The third thing I would bring attention to is the sharpness of this lens. Many cheaper options, you have to give up being sharp. To get that, you need to spend $1,000 or more. So for a cheaper glass to give sharpness is amazing.

I personally know of landscape photographers that have won awards for their images that was taken with the Samyang 10mm (2.8). One of them says that is holds it own against the Carl Zeiss offering.

Is it for you?

That is something only you can make the decision about but I have sold my Tamron 11-18mm (4.5-5.6) glass to get this piece. It works great for what I need. However, I might have different photography needs than you do.


Mt Barnett Cliff Morning 16-9


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