Yongnuo just announced a new 35mm f/2 lens for full-frame Sony E mount

Oct 24, 2020

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Yongnuo just announced a new 35mm f/2 lens for full-frame Sony E mount

Oct 24, 2020

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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Yongnuo has announced a new YN35mm F2S DF DSM lens for full-frame Sony E Mount cameras. It appears to not just be their existing 35mm f/2 for DSLRs with an extended barrel, either, but a completely new lens design. Whether or not it’s their own design or they’ve “borrowed” somebody else’s, I don’t know, but this one does seem as if it may be designed specifically for mirrorless cameras.

The lens is constructed of 9 elements in 8 groups including one aspherical element and one low dispersion element. The elements have a Nano-multilayer coating which Yongnuo says helps to improve light transmittance while suppressing ghosting and flare.

Left: Yongnuo YN35mm F2S DF DSM for Sony / Right: YN35mm F2N for Nikon

You can see the difference in overall design in the photos above of Yongnuo’s new lens vs the old one for DSLRs, but the only real similarities are the focal length, maximum aperture and that they both have 7 aperture blades. Everything else is quite different.

Focal length35mm
Max aperturef/2
Min aperturef/16
FormatFull-Frame
MountSony E
Angle of view~61.3°
Aperture blades7
Min focus distance35cm
Filter diameter52mm
Dimensions67 x 72mm
Weight295g

The construction of the lens is mostly plastic, although it does have a metal bayonet mount with gold plated contacts to communicate with the camera. It also features a function button that can be customised to perform various actions, including bringing up menus and boasts a quiet “CNC stepper motor” which they say is suitable for both photos and video.

No release date has been announced yet, nor has there been any mention of a price. We’ll update this post if we hear anything before it becomes available, but for now, keep an eye on the Yongnuo store on Amazon.

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2 responses to “Yongnuo just announced a new 35mm f/2 lens for full-frame Sony E mount”

  1. Frédéric Schneider Avatar
    Frédéric Schneider

    Original design ? What about Pentax FA 35mm F2 ?!

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      What about it?