Samyang expands their “XPERT” lens lineup with the XP 35mm f/1.2 for Canon EF

Nov 30, 2018

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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.

Samyang expands their “XPERT” lens lineup with the XP 35mm f/1.2 for Canon EF

Nov 30, 2018

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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While the brands battle it out over who has the largest mount and whose lenses can have the widest apertures, Canon’s DSLRs have proven they have no problem with wide aperture f/1.2 lenses. And Samyang has been adding to that f/1.2 collective again, expanding their “XPERT” line of lenses with another new announcement.

Starting off the XP series with a 24mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.2 lenses, they later added a 50mm f/1.2. But this left a rather obvious hole. Now Samyang is filling that hole with the announcement of the Samyang XP 35mm f/1.2 lens for Canon EF.

While it is a manual focus lens, like the rest of Samyang’s XP line (or Rokinon’s SP line, depending on where you are in the world), it is an f/1.2 aperture lens. f/1.2 aperture autofocus lenses are notoriously slow to focus anyway, so you’re probably not losing much by going with manual focus – although you will save a little on the cost.

  • Focal length: 35mm
  • Mount: Canon EF
  • Format: Full frame 35mm
  • Max aperture: f/1.2
  • Min aperture: f/16
  • Minimum focus distance: 34cm (13.4″)
  • Optics: 12 elements in 10 groups
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9

Samyang says that the XP line of lenses, including the new 35mm f/1.2 “, yields extraordinary quality” and is optimised for high resolution 50-megapixel photos and 8K (8192 x 4320) video production.

The XP 35mm f/1.2 is comprised of 12 elements in 10 groups incorporating extra-low dispersion, aspherical and high refractive lenses to maximise image quality. It has an ergonomic aluminium alloy construction for maximum comfort and durability.

If you want to find out more, head on over to the Samyang website, where you can see some example images shot with the lens. The Samyang XP 35mm f/1.2 – also known as the Rokinon SP 35mm f/1.2 – for Canon EF mount is available to pre-order now for $999 and will begin shipping in January 2019.

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John Aldred

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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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One response to “Samyang expands their “XPERT” lens lineup with the XP 35mm f/1.2 for Canon EF”

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    “f/1.2 aperture autofocus lenses are notoriously slow to focus anyway, so you’re probably not losing much by going with manual focus”. Sigma’s new 35mm 1.2 lens focuses quite fast on the Sony systems, and does eye Af just fine, so it means 1.2 lenses can be very fast, and we’re also losing a lot by going with manual focus here.