Samyang Optics (aka Rokinon) has announced XEEN 20mm T1.9 – the latest addition to their line of prime cinema lenses. Just like the rest of the series, XEEN 20mm is designed for the ultra-high definition video, and it features great performance for 4K+.
Samyang brought autofocus into their range of lenses not too long ago with two new Sony E mount lenses. The 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4. Now, in a recent interview with Focus Numerique, Samyang head of product planning, Jeong Min Shin says that more are to come.
In the interview, he talked about some of the decisions and compromises that had to be made with the new Sony lenses. But he also suggested that Nikon and Canon autofocus lenses may not be too far away. The story for Fuji and micro four thirds, however, may be another matter.
Samyang have today announced two new lenses to start their Premium range. An 85mm f/1.2 and 14mm f/2.4. These new lenses, Samyang say, offer “unprecedented resolving power”, built for 50MP stills and up to 8K video productions. Also known as Rokinon, Samyang has become quite a formidable competitor lately.
Both of the new lenses are full frame manual focus lenses. This may disappoint some folks who were hoping for autofocus. Though, personally, I don’t see it as a problem. Lenses as wide as 14mm are typically manually focused anyway. When everything a few inches past your lens is in focus anyway, it’s not an issue. For the 85mm.. Well, given the notoriously slow AF on Canon’s 85mm f/1.2, you might as well manual focus anyway.
Following on from the 135mm T2.2 Xeen, 50mm f/1.4AF and 35mm f/1.2 APS-C, Samyang have announced their third new lens in as many weeks. This time it’s actually a pair of lenses. The 28mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC for photography, and the 20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC cine lens.
Internally, both lenses have the same makup of 13 elements in 12 groups with 2 aspherical elements. Their differences are primarily on the exterior. This affects both their appearance as well as their weight, glightly.
I have played with photography a little bit since I was a boy, first with an old Olympus 35mm film point-and-shoot, then with a GameBoy camera and later a pretty terrible mobile phone. At age 18 I got my first DSLR and instantly fell in love with out-of-focus backgrounds, and now almost 10 years later I still have a passion for bokeh.
Most new lenses aim to have bokeh that is very smooth. Some people really like this, and in most lens comparisons and reviews, the smoother bokeh is considered the winner. And while I do like the smoother bokeh from some lenses, sometimes I find it can be a bit boring to me. An example of this is the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4, a lens that is very highly regarded, and I have absolutely nothing against it, it’s just not to my taste.
Samyang recently put out a teaser to build up some hype for five new lenses it was about to release. There was much speculation abound about what these lenses were. Particularly, was Samyang finally dipping its toes into the world of autofocus?
In a press release today, Samyang Optics (also sold under the names Rokinon and Bower) have announced two new lenses designed for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras, marking their debut into the autofocus lens market.
Having thus far limited themselves to manual focus lenses, today brings us the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMCAF and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 UMCAF autofocus lenses, offering both “standard” and very wide angle views.
Korean optics manufacturer Samyang has announced two new video lenses: the XEEN 14mm T3.1 and XEEN 35mm T1.5. [Read more…]
This is not a surprise as rumors about the 50mm f/1.2 have been roaming the blogosphere for a while now, but the release date has been pulled in a few days (and no, they did not kill it). Rumors or not,the pace in which Rokinon (AKA Samyang, AKA Bower, AKA Walimex) releases lenses is quite impressive.
Interestingly, the lenses are not released for Nikon mounts. Hit the jump for more specs.
The listing, which has since been removed, revealed a few details a day before the expected announcement. (Other territories should probably expect the Samyang branding of this lens)
As we reported earlier, the lens will be a 100mm f/2.8 macro and turns out it will also be available in Fuji X, Samsung NX, MFT and Sony E-mount versions.
While the price is significantly lower than rumored, and the lens seems to be nicely built, it does not feature the “unparalleled” features we had hoped for.