Cheap Samyang 12mm any good for Fuji X? | Lars Øivind Authen

By | June 30, 2015

I didn’t see this one coming, that a cheap Samyang 12mm lens at third of the price of the more known Zeis Touit 12mm for Fuji, would perform this good. For a long time the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 has been one of my favorite lenses for my X-T1. Even though I’m not a pixel peeper, I found it pretty sharp. It’s easy to manual focus thanks to the focusing scale on the lens itself, and it’s small and lightweight. Most importantly, it fits my eye, my vision, when I compose my landscape shots. Sometimes I’ve been thinking that maybe just having the 14mm is too limiting. I have longed for something a bit wider, like the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 – or just buy the Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4.0 wide angle zoom. But, I like shooting primes. I like having the aperture settings marked on the lens. It’s easier for me to learn this way. And the XF 10-24 mm doesn’t have the aperture numbers on the lens.  And, most importantly – trying to learn how to “see” –  having a zoom isn’t helping me that much. I could be wrong. Probably I am wrong – but it’s still an idea in my head that shooting primes is more fun. I had the very good Fujinon XF 18-55 mm f/2.8-4.0 for a while, but sold it. I never got used to the zooming. BUT – the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 is very expensive. And it doesn’t even have the aperture stops printed on the lens – and there’s no scale for manual focusing scale on the lens like on the Fujinon XF 14mm. Most important is the price though……..

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