Rokinon Adds a 50mm f/1.2 and a 21mm f/1.4 Lenses (for all but Nikon)

Sep 21, 2015

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Sep 21, 2015

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And so Rokinon’s Quest to dominate the prime market continues. The company released 2 news lenses today: a 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4.

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.

So before we dive into the hard specs, there are two interesting facts about this release:

The first one (which is interesting but no so impactful) is that Rokinon is caving in colorwise and will release some of the lenses in silver: namely the lenses for Sony E, MTF, and Fujifilm X.

The other thing which is far more interesting from my perspective is that there are no Nikon lenses released. Heck, there is not even a date for them. This may indicate that developing those lenses for the Nikon 1 was not easy, but it also may be a signal on how serious Rokinon thinks Nikon are with their Mirorless market.

Ok, specs time…

Both lenses are mirrorless babies, so they are small and cozy at less than 3″ long.

Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 Lens

Sadly, designed for crop factor sensors, that focal length is not what your cameras will see though, as this is the full frame focal length. in full frame terms, the lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 80mm on Canon EF-M mount cameras, 76mm on Fuji X mount and Sony E mount cameras, and 100mm on Micro Four Thirds cameras.

  • 100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Non-Rotating 62mm Filter Mount
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 Lens

Similarly, the 35mm equivalent here would be  33.6mm on Canon EF-M mount cameras, 31.5mm on Fuji X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras, and 42mm on Micro Four Thirds cameras.

  • 31.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • 3 Aspherical Elements, 1 ED Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Design
  • Non-Rotating 58mm Filter Mount
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

B&H shares a table to sum up the release:

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Price and Availability

  • The 50mm f/1.2 should start shipping on October 7th and will cost $549.00 (black OR silver)
  • The 21mm f/1.4 should start shipping on October 7th and will cost $499.00 (black OR silver)

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5 responses to “Rokinon Adds a 50mm f/1.2 and a 21mm f/1.4 Lenses (for all but Nikon)”

  1. Christoph Matz Avatar
    Christoph Matz

    “designed for crap factor sensors” already made my week :)

  2. Dragoș Ardeleanu Avatar
    Dragoș Ardeleanu

    Corrected in the meantime. Thank you DIYPhotography! :)

  3. K-50 Avatar
    K-50

    Maybe add Pentax to the “all but” too?

  4. mike Avatar
    mike

    I just purchased the 12mm f/2. I have the 7.5mm fisheye and it is simply fantastic espeically considering the price. Very sharp, nicely functioning.

    I had been looking for a wide lens to go in between the 7.5 and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake for landscapes and starscapes, and this thing looks like it will be perfect.

    Manual focus, so it blows other lenses away in price, and I haven’t seen a recent Rokinon lens that wasn’t very sharp.

  5. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    Does anyone proof read this stuff? “This is not a surprised “, “that focal length is not what your cameras”. Then the chart lists “35mm Equivalent” of 50mm and 21mm (respectively) which seems to contradict the article. I have a Sony Emount, so this information would be nice if it was more readable. easier just to look at the B&H site and skip the confusion.