Samyang Optics (Korea) is offering SLR lenses for many years but recently they’ve gained some higher visibility & popularity due to some quite exiting new products like the recently reviewed Samyang 85mm f/1.4 and the Samyang 8mm f/3.5 CS Fisheye which we’ll cover in this test report. Samyang lenses are also marketed by several other companies like Vivitar (7mm f/3.5), Bower (8mm f/3.5), Opteka (6.5mm f/3.5), Walimex (8mm f/3.5) and probably a couple more.
To date Samyang lenses don’t feature any electronics so while you will be able to mount these lenses without an adapter you’ll have to live without AF and a camera-controlled aperture. The Samyang 8mm f/3.5 is a dedicated full frame fisheye lens for APS-C DSLRs. You can also mount it to a full format (35mm) DSLR but the build-in lens hood will be visible in the image field in this case. Typical for fisheye lenses the field-of-view is immense – 180 degrees or to be precise: 167 degrees on Canon EOS APS-C DSLRs (1.6x crop rather than 1.5x) – so one of the obstacles of using such a lens is to avoid that your feet will be part of your scene.