Samyang muscle their way into the autofocus market with two new 50mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8 lenses

May 3, 2016

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.

Samyang muscle their way into the autofocus market with two new 50mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8 lenses

May 3, 2016

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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In a press release today, Samyang Optics (also sold under the names Rokinon and Bower) have announced two new lenses designed for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras, marking their debut into the autofocus lens market.

Having thus far limited themselves to manual focus lenses, today brings us the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMCAF and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 UMCAF autofocus lenses, offering both “standard” and very wide angle views.

The 50mm f/1.4 contains aspherical elements to minimise chromatic aberration, and ensure sharpness from edge to edge.  Optimised for both Phase Detection and Contrast autofocus, it’s taking square aim at both the stills and video markets.

With full metal construction, the 50mm f/1.4 offers a 67mm filter thread and internal focusing allows working easily with polarisers and graduated NDs.

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These Sony E-Mount lenses are designed for use with both full frame sensors of the Sony A7 system, as well as the Sony’s line of cropped sensor cameras.

More detailed specifications and prices are to be announced soon, and each lens comes with a three year warranty.

The lenses will be on display at Photo & Imaging Show 2016 in Seoul, South Korea this week, and will be available from the end of July.

 

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10 responses to “Samyang muscle their way into the autofocus market with two new 50mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8 lenses”

  1. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    I wonder how many more 50mm lens we need? How do people get motivated to buy focal lenght they already own? Love the design though, reminds me of Zeiss.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Not everybody owns one. Newer people just getting into photography, or for those that are making the switch from the lower budget f/1.8 primes to something a little faster, this might be their first if it ends up significantly cheaper than the alternatives and just as good.

    2. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
      Petar Maksimovic

      I doubt people just starting out would cash out straight away for faster 50, and they are ridiculusly expensive 5x the budget ones. I can see the pros wanting the best they can have, but other people could get something they don’t already have instead of buying a little better and a little faster for so much cash. On the other hand I hope samyang might fill in with very favorable price, I give them that.

    3. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      People just starting out might only have their 18-55mm f/slow-slower kit lens, so wouldn’t have a 50mm prime, and by the time they’re in a position to know they want one, have researched the difference between f/1.8 and f/1.4 lenses.

      Again “if it ends up significantly cheaper than the alternatives”, it won’t be 5x the cost, and if all they do have is that 18-55mm kit zoom, then it would be something they don’t already have. :)

    4. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
      Petar Maksimovic

      But still I don’t think they jump much further than f1.8 lenses of the camera brand, straight away.

    5. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
      Gvido Mūrnieks

      For CaNikon, market for 50mm is indeed rather sarurated. But for Sony, there isn’t realy equivalent for cheap nifty fifty.

  2. Satit Putarakkit Avatar
    Satit Putarakkit

    About time. I have 8mm fisheye and 14mm both f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 All are great. Now with auto focus gonna be even better.

  3. Henry Rodgers Avatar
    Henry Rodgers

    I’m still considering their 85mm manual. I would like to use it for fashion but just haven’t taken the leap.

    1. Fred Smith Avatar
      Fred Smith

      It is a really, really sharp lens at f/4, usable at f/1.8, and a PITA to focus manually when shooting anywhere close to wide open since the DoF is so narrow. I’d like to see that lens in an auto version. BTW, the 135mm is amazingly sharp. From a value standpoint or for occasional use the 85mm is hard to beat.

  4. Fred Smith Avatar
    Fred Smith

    Samyang has an interesting business model with the manual lenses, some of which will be focused manually anyway by many photographers. The key with the auto lenses will be the pricing (how much Samyang underprices the competition) assuming the glass remains as sharp or almost as sharp as the “standards” in the industry.

    Samyang might be able to make money with a Pentax mount given the favorable reviews and sales of the K-1.