Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Part 2

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Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Part 2
– Featuring Guest Reviewers Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng
Image: (Left) Reviewer Ang Qianling & (Right) Joanna Ng.

12th November 2015, Singapore – When I posted the 1st review on Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Part 2 about 2 months ago, there was much excitement about it as it was truly one of those “underdog” lenses which performs unbelievably decent. You may wish to read up a little more about this wonder lens here. Recently, I was out at Chinatown for PINK‘s outing and I brought out some of the Samyang lenses for the attendees to try.

Among the attendees, I decided to pass the Samyang 35mm & 85mm to Qianling & Joanna for them to “share share” &”have fun” with the lenses. Little that they knew that I am going to use their photos for a Part 2 Review for both lenses. This part 2 review will be a pictorial spread and some comments from both the reviewers. In this article, it will be a collection of images shot by the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC by both Qianling & Joanna. I will post up a separate article on the Samyang 85mm soon. If you wish to have information about this lens, do pop by my previous 35mm review.

Let’s get to the images!
(All images are adjusted for exposure, minor cropping and straightening only. Click on the image to view at 100%)


Image: Temple Door Banger, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC)
Photo by Ang Qianling.

Image: Street Hawker preparing traditional snacks, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng. 

Image: A view of the city from Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC)
Photo by Ang Qianling.

Image: Street decorative lanterns, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.


Image: Seniors playing with Smartphone at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC)
Photo by Ang Qianling.

Image: Visitors are no longer looking at the city but their smartphones, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.


Image: Chinese Chess, a favorite pastime at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

Image: Probably taking a break from chess, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.


Image: Roof Terrace of Budhha Relic Temple at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling. 

Image: Resting outside the temple, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

“The Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC is an amazing lens. Using it on my Sony, it allows me to use the focus-peaking function seamlessly and surprisingly it is really easy to use, The focus is smooth and the images are excellent. Although the lens is quite large, the image quality make up for it and this lens produces nice colors and tones. I must add that the images are sharp even when I shot it at wide apertures. No wonder the Editor AL calls this lens an Underdog lens.”
– Ang Qianling

“I wasn’t really expecting much as I do not really know Samyang lenses very well. And to add to the challenge, I prefers auto-focus lenses so when Editor AL passed me the Samyang 35mm, I was a bit stunned and I was thinking, what can I do or shoot with this lens. But after using it for this outing together with the 85mm, I find that Samyang lenses is not that difficult to use after all and I am happy to report that I actually like this lens.”
– Joanna Ng
Special Thanks to Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng for their user-experience of the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) lens. If you have photos and experience to share about this lens, please feel free to write to me at

The Samyang 35mm F1.4 is shipped in various mounts – Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon AE (F), Pentax K, Sony A-mount, Sony E-mount, FujiFilm X, Samsung NX, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds. Get your Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC here.

About Samyang Singapore
Samyang DSLR lenses are exclusively distributed by Alan Photo Trading – a photography retailer and photography equipment distributor for many brands in Singapore. Alan Photo had been serving the local photography community since 1987 and they are one of the top 5 camera retailers in Singapore. A firm believer in honest deals & long term customer relationships, the brand operates on integrity and customer satisfaction. Today, Alan Photo is one of the most recognizable & respected retailers/ distributor for photographic equipment in Singapore. Follow Alan Photo on their Facebook here or visit their website here.

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