Samyang AF 35-150mm F2-2.8 is $500 cheaper than Tamron’s

Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8

In September 2021, Tamron introduced their 35-150mm f/2-2.8 DI III VXD lens for Sony FE. It was an odd focal size vary and even odder that it had a variable aperture. Effectively, now, Samyang’s introduced the Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 lens for Sony FE mount, and it appears to be fairly a bit cheaper. Samyang claims their optical system, which is completely different to the Tamron, supplies superior sharpness proper to the sting.

Photographer and YouTuber Tom Calton has had his fingers on one for a little bit and has posted a overview of the brand new Samyang, evaluating it to the Tamron. It’s a very good, in-depth comparability between the 2 and appears at numerous completely different options. It’s clear that the design of the Samyang is closely impressed by the Tamron, however it does have some distinctive options.

The lens is f/2 at its shortest focal size of 35mm and f/2.8 at its most of 150mm and hits quite a lot of common focal lengths all through its vary. Samyang doesn’t say precisely how the aperture adjustments all through the vary, although. So, how quickly that most f/2 aperture jumps to f/2.8 is unknown. Even stopping right down to f/2.8, although, it’s a very good all-rounder lens that ought to work nicely for every thing from landscapes to portraits and even perhaps close-up wildlife.


The Samyang may be very near the Tokina in specs. It’s of an analogous measurement and weight, and has an analogous array of buttons and switches – in comparable places – though the Samyang does have an additional button or two. Regardless of claiming a unique optical make-up, they each supply the identical minimal focus distance on the brief and lengthy ends.

Focal Size 35-100mm
Lens Mount Sony E
Format Compatibility Full-Body
Focus Kind Autofocus
Optics 21 parts in 18 teams
Minimal focus distance 33cm (broad) / 85cm (Tele)
Most Aperture f/2-2.8
Minimal Aperture f/16-22
Angle of view 61.8° – 16.4°
Aperture blades 9
Stabilisation No
Filter Measurement 82 mm (entrance)
Dimensions 92.8 x 157.4mm
Weight 1,224g

As an all-rounder lens, it appears to tick all of the on-paper containers. And regardless of being considerably cheaper than the Tamron, it’s nonetheless not a low-budget lens by any means. So, for what it prices, one would definitely hope that it made for a very good all-rounder.


Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8

Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Competitors

Naturally, the most important competitors right here is the aforementioned Tamron. Each lenses seem very comparable in specs, measurement and weight however differ fairly a bit in worth. The Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD prices $1,899 whereas the brand new Samyang is at the moment listed on the Samyang web site for $1,399. That’s a major distinction in worth between the 2 and one that can appeal to many would-be Tamron prospects away and in the direction of Samyang.

Tamron vs Samyang 35-150mm f/2-2.8

One benefit the Samyang might seem to have over the Tamron, although, is edge sharpness. All producers boast “edge-to-edge sharpness” as of late, however from wanting on the assessments in Tom’s video above, the actual story is a little bit completely different. Each lenses do seem like sharp within the centre. Nonetheless, the Tamron clearly goes a bit wonky because it goes out in the direction of the sting whereas the Samyanga maintains its sharpness all through.

After all, Tom’s obtained a hand-picked pre-production lens straight from Samyang for his overview. So, I’d be eager to see if this degree of edge sharpness is constant in the actual world as soon as the mass-manufactured lenses are within the fingers of paying prospects.

Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Worth and Availability

The Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 is obtainable to pre-order now for $1,399 from the Samyang web site. The corporate hasn’t mentioned precisely when the lens will begin to ship, however they do state on their web site that they “will fulfill [sic] the merchandise as quickly because it turns into accessible”.