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. Nicely, 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 totally different to the Tamron, gives superior sharpness proper to the sting.

Photographer and YouTuber Tom Calton has had his arms on one for a little bit and has posted a assessment of the brand new Samyang, evaluating it to the Tamron. It’s a great, in-depth comparability between the 2 and appears at quite a lot of totally 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 numerous widespread focal lengths all through its vary. Samyang doesn’t say precisely how the aperture modifications all through the vary, although. So, how quickly that most f/2 aperture jumps to f/2.8 is unknown. Even stopping all the way down to f/2.8, although, it’s a great all-rounder lens that ought to work effectively for every little thing from landscapes to portraits and maybe even close-up wildlife.


The Samyang may be very near the Tokina in specs. It’s of the same dimension and weight, and has the same array of buttons and switches – in related areas – though the Samyang does have an additional button or two. Regardless of claiming a special optical make-up, they each provide the identical minimal focus distance on the quick and lengthy ends.

Focal Size 35-100mm
Lens Mount Sony E
Format Compatibility Full-Body
Focus Sort 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 packing containers. And regardless of being considerably inexpensive 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 great all-rounder.


Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8

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

Naturally, the largest competitors right here is the aforementioned Tamron. Each lenses seem very related in specs, dimension 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 presently listed on the Samyang web site for $1,399. That’s a major distinction in worth between the 2 and one that may appeal to many would-be Tamron prospects away and in direction of Samyang.

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

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

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

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

The Samyang AF 35-150mm f/2-2.8 is offered to pre-order now for $1,399 from the Samyang web site. The corporate hasn’t stated 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”.