Samyang shows off XP 10mm f/3.5 at Photokina – World’s widest lens for full frame DSLRs

Sep 28, 2018

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Samyang shows off XP 10mm f/3.5 at Photokina – World’s widest lens for full frame DSLRs

Sep 28, 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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Despite appearances, the new Samyang XP 10mm f/3.5 is not a fisheye. It’s a rectilinear lens, which Samyang says offers “zero distortion”. It’s a manual focus lens designed for full frame DSLRs. Samyang claims that it’s the widest lens out for full frame DSLRs, too, just edging out the Irix 11mm f/4.

Samyang hasn’t officially announced the lens yet, they’re just showing it off at the show. And they’re keeping things fairly close to their chest for now. But we have Udi, our reporter in the field at Photokina this year, who asked Samyang a few questions about the new lens.

  • It is a manual focus lens for full frame DSLRs
  • Unknown when an official announcement will come
  • Expected to ship in February or March 2019, although the date is not set in stone
  • Pricing currently unknown, but expected to be similar to the XP lenses (around $900-1200)

A sign behind the lens offers some further information.

  • World’s Widest Lens – 10mm in Full Frame
  • Zero Distortion Rectilinear
  • Designed for 50MP high resolution DSLRs
  • Glass Mold Aspherical lens elements

Beyond this, there are no solid details, and Samyang isn’t ready to release any more information yet. But this looks like it’ll be a fun lens to play with. 10mm on a full frame DSLR should offer a 122° horizontal field of view. That’s pretty insane for a rectilinear.

The lens on show at Photokina is a Canon EF mount, but I think we can also expect to see one for Nikon F.

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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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2 responses to “Samyang shows off XP 10mm f/3.5 at Photokina – World’s widest lens for full frame DSLRs”

  1. AL7AIR Avatar
    AL7AIR

    So the Voigtländer 10mm finally got a faster brother at f3.5 compared to its f5.6

    https://www.voigtlaender.de/lenses/vm/10-mm-15-6-hyper-wide-heliar-aspherical/?lang=en

    1. Frank n Stein Avatar
      Frank n Stein

      On my A7 this would be twice the size and weight as the Voigtländer 10mm FE that I own So no, there is no direct competition and u need an adapter as well. If you own a Dslr yes its an alternative.