Samyang seems to be working on a new autofocus 75mm f/1.8 lens, according to a leaked promotional image. What makes this different from their existing autofocus 75mm f/1.8 lens? Well, it looks like this one’s not going to be available for just Sony E Mount. This one’s coming for Fuji X mount, which means this is also likely going to be an APS-C lens. The previous Samyang 75mm f/1.8 for Sony is full-frame.
There’s no word yet on when the lens will be officially released, although it marks the second autofocus lens in Samyang’s X mount lineup since Fuji opened up the system to third parties. It joins Samyang’s 12mm f/2 for Fuji X, but with two lenses at such extremes, when are they going to start filling in the rest of the range in between?
No specs have been leaked along with the above image, which shows two angles of the lens. The text in the front view of the lens is a little too small to make out any details such as filter diameter, minimum focus distance or whatever happens to be written on it. On the side view, however, we can see a switch, presumably allowing the photographer to switch between auto and manual focus modes at will.
Beyond that, there’s not really much else to say just yet. It has a 75mm focal length, a maximum aperture of f/8 and it’s coming for at least Fuji X. Given that Samyang already has a 75mm f/1.8 for Sony E mount, I’m not so sure we’ll see an E mount version of this one for Sony’s crop bodies. We won’t see an RF mount version, probably won’t see a Z mount version, and there’s really no point making an L mount version, given that there aren’t any APS-C L mount bodies except the discontinued Leica CL.
This will make for an interesting portrait lens for Fuji shooters, offering a field of view equivalent to about a 112.5mm focal length on full frame. A little longer than some might use for portraits, but for outdoor location stuff, it could be perfect.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more!