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

Sep 10, 2014

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

Sep 10, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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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.

Wideness don’t come cheap though, the lens weighs about half a kilo. A full 180˚ field of view can yield some interesting creative options, I think it would be interesting to see this lens used by night sky shooters. (which I assume are the primary market for this lens).

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Unlike some of Samyang/Rokinon announcement from earlier this year, this lens will be available for almost all the camera systems in the market including: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax PK ,Sony alpha, Sony E, Canon M, Fuji X, Samsung NX, 4/3 and 4/3MTF.

Here are the full specs for the lens:

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Samyang should start selling this lens in November and pricing is not available yet.

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20 responses to “Samyang Adds A 12mm 1:2.8 Full Frame Lens To Their Line Of Wide Prime Lenses”

  1. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    YES! This might be the perfect timelapse lens!

  2. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    YES! This might be the perfect timelapse lens!

  3. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    YES! This might be the perfect timelapse lens!

  4. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    YES! This might be the perfect timelapse lens!

  5. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    YES! This might be the perfect timelapse lens!

  6. Aidan Avatar
    Aidan

    with a 180˚ field of view on a crop sensor and a 118˚-124.6˚on APS-C
    wouldn’t it be 180˚ on a full frame?

    1. Chad Avatar
      Chad

      Obviously a mistype, they mean 180 on full frame and 118 on APS-C

  7. yopyop Avatar
    yopyop

    Is it fisheye or rectilinear ?

    1. Chad Avatar
      Chad

      non-fisheye

      1. yopyop Avatar
        yopyop

        I just notice, there is “fish-eye” written on the lens (third photo). But I don’t know if there is any more info after this text.

  8. ruedi Avatar
    ruedi

    the data don’t make much sense to me
    either it’s 12mm rectilinear, then it will not have 180° but ~120° on FF
    or it has 180° (FF), then it’s a diagonal (?) fisheye; but of a FF body a fisheye usually is 16mm
    I opt for the former, also from the shape of the lenshood

    1. ruedi Avatar
      ruedi

      and I’m wrong ;-)
      it’s a 12mm diag fish

  9. Hannes Nitzsche Avatar
    Hannes Nitzsche

    Shut up and take my money!!! LOL $$$

  10. Hannes Nitzsche Avatar
    Hannes Nitzsche

    Shut up and take my money!!! LOL $$$

  11. Peter Cook Avatar
    Peter Cook

    I have the sigma 12-24 which is rectilinear and if I remember correctly the spec’s say 122 degrees at the 12mm end on a full frame camera which sounds more like

  12. Sam Torres Avatar
    Sam Torres

    Love their lenses, learning curve galore but the product is stunning.

  13. Sam Torres Avatar
    Sam Torres

    Love their lenses, learning curve galore but the product is stunning.

  14. Guest Avatar
    Guest

    First “superb quality at a superb price” then “pricing is not available yet”. Confusing much guys?

    1. Sam Avatar
      Sam

      have you even read the article? it is not talking about the same lens