Samyang expands their Sony full-frame AF lineup with a new ultrawide 18mm f/2.8

Aug 29, 2019

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Samyang expands their Sony full-frame AF lineup with a new ultrawide 18mm f/2.8

Aug 29, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Samyang has added an 8th lens to their autofocus lens range for Sony FE mount. The new ultrawide Samyang 18mm F2.8 FE is a lightweight and super wide-angle lens that covers the entire sensor of Sony’s range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens weighs only 145g without the lens hood or cap, which Samyamg says makes it the smallest and lightest 18mm super wide AF lens on the market.

  • Focal length: 18mm
  • Mount: Sony FE
  • Coverage: Full Frame
  • Max aperture: f/2.8
  • Field of view: 100°
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Stabilisation: None
  • Optics: 9 elements in 8 groups

The AF 18mm F2.8 FE is the first super-wide-angle in Samyang’s “Tiny Series”, which also includes Samyang’s 35mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses. Their goal is to be as compact as possible while still retaining a high level of image quality.

Samyang’s AF lenses for Sony FE appear to have been quite well received so far, and there isn’t much else out there that can beat them on price. With this lens, Samyang’s Sony AF  lenses now cover from 14mm up to 85mm. So it will be interesting to see what happens next in their Sony AF lineup. We might see them go longer to compete with the 105mm or 135mm, or we might see them switch gears completely and go for something like a dedicated macro. Or, perhaps they’ll start concentrating on Z and RF mount lenses instead.

Whatever happens next, Sony shooters now have access to a relatively inexpensive range of autofocus lenses.

The new Samyang 18mm F2.8 AF will be available to pre-order soon and is expected to begin shipping in September. The price in the UK will be £349.99. We have not yet received a US price.

Update: The Samyang/Rokinon AF 18mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E is now available to pre-order in the USA for $399 and ships in October.

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John Aldred

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5 responses to “Samyang expands their Sony full-frame AF lineup with a new ultrawide 18mm f/2.8”

  1. Jake Traynor Avatar
    Jake Traynor

    Tim Neill god I wish this was 14mm

    1. BrendonF Avatar
      BrendonF

      There is already a 14mm f2.8 from Samyang :)

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IAOS4Y2/diy0c-20

      1. IFlyAnytime . Avatar
        IFlyAnytime .

        That’s not AF. They screwed up. Different line-up (not tiny, can’t use filters, no AF).

    2. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      They already have a 14mm :)

      1. IFlyAnytime . Avatar
        IFlyAnytime .

        The one linked is not the AF version.