Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE - Review / Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published September 2023


Samyang has been a lens manufacturer for quite a while but only recently released their first zoom lens - the Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE. And Samyang wouldn't be Samyang if they didn't undercut the competition by quite a margin. The lens has an MSRP of just $999, but you can get it for as low as $800US/750EUR if you shop around. Quite a steal - on paper, at least. That's a third of Sony's own offering here and a couple of hundred bucks less than the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DN DG ART. The price tag alone is no measure of quality, but Samyang offers several very affordable lenses that are capable of providing good to even excellent quality. Still, a zoom lens is a different beast - especially in terms of quality control - compared to prime lenses. And starting with a fast standard zoom lens is quite ambitious.

The first thing you notice when picking up the lens is its weight. At more than 1 kg, it is almost 50% heavier than the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II. Conversely, it isn't all that big size-wise. The lens does not only feel substantial in terms of weight - the build quality is also great. Like the rest of the gang, it uses an extending zoom mechanism with internal focusing. Weather-sealing (7 seals) is provided. An unusual aspect of the lens is its par-focal characteristic (electronically controlled) - thus, the focus remains spot on during zooming. Videographers will like this feature for sure. Samyang is also offering a dedicated CINE kit. A switch on the lens can be used to configure aperture control or MF mode.

The Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE features a Linear STM (stepping motor) for auto-focusing. The AF is both noiseless and quite quick. Manual focusing works "by-wire", as usual. Optical image stabilization is not provided.

Optical construction17 elements in 14 groups inc 2x aspherical, 1 hybrid aspherical, 3 HR and 3 ED elements
Number of aperture blades9 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.35m (max magnification 1:3.7)
Dimensions128.5 x Φ88mm
Filter sizeφ82mm
Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)
Focus-breathing compensationnot supported
Other featuresweather-sealed

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