Samyang parfocal AF 24-70mm f/2.8 for Sony FE has now been announced globally

Oct 19, 2021

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Samyang parfocal AF 24-70mm f/2.8 for Sony FE has now been announced globally

Oct 19, 2021

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 (AKA Rokinon and Bower) has launched their first zoom lens with the new Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE, a wide-angle to short telephoto lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture for full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras. The lens had previously been announced only in Thailand, but now the announcement appears to be global.

Autofocus lenses have been part of Samyang’s lineup for a while now, although they were primarily specialising in manual focus lenses. But Samyang says that after five years of “in-depth research and communications” with its customers, they now want to target more of the mass market to better meet photographers needs.

According to the press release, Samyang says that in a world where lens standards are constantly changing, the decision to release a 24-70mm f/2.8 was quite simple. It’s the most versatile and universal lens of all time and they say that they’ve “taken additional steps to innovate” despite the number of 24-70mm f/2.8 and similar lenses already on the market from competitors.

And, well, looking at the specs, it sure sounds like they’re giving it a good go. First up is the fact that this lens is parfocal. This means that the focus distance does not change as you rack the zoom from one end to the other. So, it’s particularly well suited for video use. It features linear manual focus control and there’s a separately-purchased Cine Kit available for it, consisting of focus gearing, follow focus and tripod mount.

When you do need that autofocus, Samyang says the lens includes a Cinematic Video AF feature, which adjust the AF speed when shooting video to minimise focus wobble and produce more stable video. It also operates very quietly, thanks to a linear stepper motor, which Samyang says should satisfy photographers needs well, too.

Focal Length24-70mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony FE
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View36° – 86°
Maximum Magnification0.1-0.27x
Minimum Focus Distance35cm
Optical Design17 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82mm
Dimensions88 x 128.5mm
Weight1,096g (including lens cap and hood)

Despite the announcement today, there doesn’t seem to be a US price yet although the suggested retail price in the UK is £828. In Thailand, the price so far has been a little under $1,000 – which is in line with the £828 UK price and a bit of a bargain for a parfocal lens with this range if it stands up to the job. Shipping is expected to begin in November. We’ll update this post when we see a US price available.

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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 parfocal AF 24-70mm f/2.8 for Sony FE has now been announced globally”

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    Joost

    Parfocal zoom? Nice, I’m impressed.