Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC

Here’s our concise review of the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC telephoto prime lens…

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC

Samyang has been making waves with its latest line of AF lenses, but is primarily known for its range of incredibly sharp, manual focus optics. At 135mm, this lens is firmly in portrait territory, and its wide f/2 aperture returns seriously smooth out-of-focus areas, or bokeh, ideal for creating separation between your subject and the background.

The lightweight but tough body comprises a mix of metallic barrel and high-quality plastics as well as a large rubber focusing ring and manual aperture ring. This is ideal since there are no electronic components and everything must be controlled manually. Both rings rotate easily and smoothly, making this a joy to use.

Importantly, this lens is incredibly sharp – f/2 returns amazing results, and the corners catch up by f/5.6. The distortion and aberration are also well controlled, though there’s slight vignetting at wider apertures. Dimensions vary between camera mounts, so the size and weight figure given is an average.

Find out more at the Samyang website.

Pros
Very sharp optic
Excellent construction
Great price

Cons
Manual focus
Expensive
Slight vignetting

Spec
Min aperture: f/22
Max aperture: f/2
Elements: 11/7
Filter size: 77mm
Min focusing distance: 80cm
DxH: 82x135mm
Weight: 830g