My Fuji and … a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Fuji X

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Fuji X

Last Update 8 juli 2020

I had to replace my walimex 8mm f3.5 PK because when the lens was used on a Fuji X camera via an adapter, it was not as sharp as on the Pentax. And so it was with the Zenitar 16mm f2.8 PK. Replacing them with an Olympus OM lens was (budget wise) not an option as they cost an arm and a leg, for instance an old Olympus OM Zuiko 16mm f3.5 Fish Eye costs around €600 to €700 on Ebay, and an 8mm can easily go over €1000. So I replaced both lenses with a 7Artisans 7.5mm f2.8 FX and a Samyang 12mm f2.0 FX

And here are my thoughts of the Samyang 12mm f2.0 FX mount – Its a user test , not a technical and specs test, so no sharpness, pixel counting or other technical testing, just everyday pictures with the intention of showing the view angle, color pattern and character of this beautiful lens.

The Samyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS is a very popular lens nowadays, hence the many video reviews on Youtube and various photography blogs.
Especially in America under the name Rokinon 12mm f2.0 NCS CS which is exactly the same lens, unfortunately I find them mainly tested on Sony (E) systems.
Fewer or hardly any reviews have been done on a Fuji X system, so I think this will be a nice addition for the Fuji X user community.

First impression getting the lens out of the box: in relation to the length and especially diameter, the lens is reasonably light (260gr) and still feels solid and well made. This is mainly because the lens is made of an aluminum alloy. The lens features an even larger sturdy lens hood, which will certainly help protect the lens glass from unfortunate collisions with any objects.
My copy of the lens is silver (it also comes in black) looks very nice and is actually not silver but rather a kind of mother of pearl color (not certain if translation is correct – I mean the color of pearl), shiny and soft with a big black lens hood.

First peek through the EVF: very impressive angle, bright and everything seems to be sharp set to infinity even at f2.0.

Everyone sees things the way he or she sees them, and so it is with me. So when I read in a review that she is very sharp at f2.0, some even dare to say extremely sharp, then I am a bit disappointed.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s definitely not bad at f2.0, but extremely sharp? I think this is almost impossible, even with much more expensive lenses. So don’t expect “razor” sharp edges viewing pictures on a computer.
That said, I am not disappointed in the lens itself, rather in the exaggerated reviews.
For the angle of view and aperture completely open, it is good enough and it can compete with much more expensive lenses.
Stopping down to f5.6 – f8.0 you already see a completely different story, so sharp!

Yesterday I was out to take some more pictures with the – also tested here – Olympus OM Zuiko 24mm, and I had the Samyang 12mm with me for the first time. However, due to time constraints, I was only able to take about 5 shots. So these are really first impression shots!

The first three pictures are taken @ f2.0 – f8.0 and f16, the last two @ f2.0 and f16 The Bunker – Samyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS – shot @ f16 Developed in RawTherapee, no sharpness, no noise reduction, Haldclut Stuart Sowerby Acros +R, Tone mapping, RT graduated filter, auto levels. Full 16MP resolution (4922×3282) saved to jpg 70%

Update 12 juli 2020

Today I used the Samyang for the second time.

Two shooting distances, infinity and very close.
Do I still find the Samyang sharp? yes, but mainly set to infinity and a small aperture, when you are very close (less than 0.5 m) then I find focusing with the focus peaking very difficult. That’s something that is inherent to the small focal length, I think. But it makes clear that the lens is not intended for close up or macro, and that makes sense, you do not use a lens intended for wide view for detail shots. Focusing for general shots taken at f2.0 in poor lighting conditions – despite photosensitive – is also not that easy for the same reason. To be continued…

This is a work in progress, and will be further supplemented, updated and improved as time goes on.

Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. My camera Gear in 2022: Fujifilm X-H1 for architecture, landscape, ..., and Olympus E-M5 Mark II for bird and wildlife photography.

2 thoughts on “My Fuji and … a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Fuji X

  1. This is a lens I’ve been looking at. My wide lenses at the moment are the 15mm and the 6.5mm (fisheye). Great info, thanks!


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