Samyang Adds A 12mm 1:2.8 Full Frame Lens To Their Line Of Wide Prime Lenses

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If the Zeiss Otus can be described as superb quality at a superb price, Samyang (known as Rokinon in the US) can be described as Good quality at a good price. This a reason that many choose those lenses as go to lenses when starting out and looking for decent quality primes and wide angles.

Today, Samyang announced the addition of a new lens to their arsenal: The Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS. This is an Uber wide lens, with a 180˚ field of view on a full frame  sensor and a 118˚-124.6˚on APS-C.

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Massive Flood Of New Lenses From Rokinon, Gives A Strong Push For Cine Mirrorless Lenses

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know how much we fancy the Rokinon (US) or Samyang (rest of world) line of lenses. Having a strong focus on prime Rokinon lenses deliver some great quality at affordable price.

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Now Rokinon announces a flood of new lenses and an update of mounts for existing lenses with a strong focus on mirrorless and MFT cameras.

Here is a short summary of types, speeds and focal lengthes, for the full breakdown hit the jump:

Mirrorles: 10mm f/2.8, 12mm f/2.0, 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye, 8mm T3.1 Cine Fish-Eye

MFT (added mounts): 35mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye, 8mm T3.8 Cine Fish-Eye, 14mm T3.1 Cine, 24mm T1.5 Cine, 35mm T1.5 Cine, 85mm T1.5 Cine

DSLR: 8mm T3.1 Cine Fish-Eye

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Improving A Samyang 800mm With A Tuning Key And Some Cardboard

The Samyang mirror 800mm f/8 [B&H | Amazon] has an incredible money-to-mm value. Sadly is developed a reputation as an impossible lens to focus and a to be blurry to the point that there is no micro contrast and no low contrast in the image.

Improving A Samyang 800mm With A Tuning Key And Some Cardboard

Photographer Morten Øen shared two tips with us to give this lens an overall boost and really squeeze quality out of that $180 the lens costs. [Read more...]