Samyang has today announced the new Samyang 14mm f/2.8 RF Autofocus lens. Designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, it’s technically the same Samyang 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens that’s been out for Sony E for a while now, but with a Canon RF mount. The lens offers a 113.9° ultra-wide-angle field of view, and what Samyang describes as “excellent optical performance”.
When it comes to buying a new lens, the question is always there: Do I buy the Brand’s lens (Canon, Nikon, etc.) or do I buy a third party lens for a fraction for the price. I was wondering the same thing. Specifically with regards to $2,1000 Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens vs the (a third of the price) $700 Samyang Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon EF*. We were surprised by the results. [image above shot with the Samyang lens]
Although Samyang have been making manual focus F Mount lenses for a while now, their autofocus efforts seem to have been elsewhere. And while Sony and Canon might have drawn all of Samyang’s attention in the past, it looks like that’s changing.
Today, Samyang has announced the new Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 F for Nikon F Mount. Yes, their first entry into the world if Nikon autofocus is a 14mm ultrawide full frame lens. A lens that has the entire world in focus once you’ve focused more than 5ft in front of you.
Another one that leaked out a couple of days early, the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF lens for full frame Canon DSLRs is here. At $849, this marks Samyang’s entry into the autofocus DSLR lens market, with something clearly aimed at landscape and astrophotography shooters. This isn’t really surprising, as Samyang’s ultrawide manual focus lenses are a favourite amongst many already.
This morning, Samyang released a teaser video to their Facebook page for a new lens that was coming soon. “A new perspective”, they said. Now, Nokishita have posted a couple of images to Twitter of the new lens. It turns out that perspective is ultrawide, has autofocus and it’s going to be for Canon EF mount. [Read More…]