Samyang, also known as Rokinon in some parts of the world, has announced a new full frame 45mm f/1.8 compact autofocus lens for Sony E mount. Samyang says that it’s been designed specifically for Sony mirrorless cameras and isn’t just a rehash of another lens with a new mount. It is their third compact lens and seventh autofocus lens designed for Sony mirrorless.
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.
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.
It seems like every lens manufacturer’s pushing hard on the Sony FE mount these days. Sigma have 9 of their lenses coming out in a native FE mount. Zeiss look set to announce a new Batis 40mm f/2.0 soon, and now Samyang. There’s not really anything known about the lens other than what we can see in the pictures. But we do have pictures, thanks to Nokishita.
I recently shot a wedding with just one lens, a Rokinon 35mm t/1.5 on a Sony A7sII body. This was completely unplanned and wasn’t done to prove any point. I also carried multiple lenses and bodies in my bag that cover all the focal lengths I normally use: 24-70mm f/2.8, 55mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 70-200 f/2.8. Between these lenses, I’m covered for all the distances and lighting conditions I encounter while shooting weddings. I just didn’t have to use any of them on this occasion.
Following on from the 135mm T2.2 Xeen, 50mm f/1.4AF and 35mm f/1.2 APS-C, Samyang have announced their third new lens in as many weeks. This time it’s actually a pair of lenses. The 28mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC for photography, and the 20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC cine lens.
Internally, both lenses have the same makup of 13 elements in 12 groups with 2 aspherical elements. Their differences are primarily on the exterior. This affects both their appearance as well as their weight, glightly.
I have played with photography a little bit since I was a boy, first with an old Olympus 35mm film point-and-shoot, then with a GameBoy camera and later a pretty terrible mobile phone. At age 18 I got my first DSLR and instantly fell in love with out-of-focus backgrounds, and now almost 10 years later I still have a passion for bokeh.
Most new lenses aim to have bokeh that is very smooth. Some people really like this, and in most lens comparisons and reviews, the smoother bokeh is considered the winner. And while I do like the smoother bokeh from some lenses, sometimes I find it can be a bit boring to me. An example of this is the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4, a lens that is very highly regarded, and I have absolutely nothing against it, it’s just not to my taste.
Samyang recently put out a teaser to build up some hype for five new lenses it was about to release. There was much speculation abound about what these lenses were. Particularly, was Samyang finally dipping its toes into the world of autofocus?
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.