Samyang (otherwise known as Rokinon or Bower) has just announced an accessory filter holder for its 14mm f2.8 ultra-wide angle lens. Due to the strongly curved front lens element, the 14mm f2.8 comes without a built-in filter thread. This is the case with many ultra-wide angle lenses, and it can be annoying for photographers that are used to shooting with filters such as polarizers or ND filters.
For users of the Samyang 14mm f2.8 there is now the SFH-14 filter adapter, which attaches to the front of the lens and takes rectangular filter plates with a size of 161×139 mm and a thickness of 3 mm. The SFH-14 can take up two filters at a time, and can be rotated so that graduated filters can be used both horizontally and vertically.
Three filters that fit the SFH-14 will be manufactured by Cokin: the model 154 ND8, which is an ND8 neutral density filter, the model 121M ND4, which is a split ND4 neutral density filter, and the model 123S, which is a split blue filter. There’s no word yet on whether additional filter types–such as a polarizer filter–will be available in the future.
So far, it appears the SFH-14 filter holder has only been announced for Europe, where it will retail for € 32, which is approx. US-$ 44 at current exchange rates. The Cokin filters have retail prices of € 63 for the 154 ND8 model, and of € 68 for the other two models.
When the Sony A7 and A7R full-frame E-mount cameras were first announced, the’re wasn’t really a huge number of lenses available for the system. Granted, both cameras work with E-mount APS-C lenses, but those don’t provide the large image circle needed for the full-frame sensor. So what many early adopters did was to adapt lenses from other systems to the A7 and A7R.
In order to address the lens shortage issue, Samyang/Rokinon, as one of the first manufacturers, has now come up with E-mount versions of some of its full-frame DSLR lenses. In order to make the lenses fit the A7 and A7R, Rokinon added extension to the lens barrels that make up for the difference in flange distance between the mirrorless E-mount and regular DSLR mounts. Hence why the lenses look like they’ve been mated to an adapter.
Update: A while back, a prototype of this lens was shown under the Samyang brand. Thanks to Geren on Facebook for the find.
Today we received an interesting email stating that Rokinon/Samyang could be coming out with a 10mm f2.8 lens designed for APS-C cameras. That means all DSLRs are covered as well as mirrorless cameras amongst Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Sony E mount, and Fujifilm X mount. The email stated that this is what the lens may look like and that it will have an f2.8 aperture (with the minimum being f16), and may even have something like 9 aperture blades for super creamy bokeh. No word on the types of coatings, or whether the lens will be available in a cine version either.
We weren’t given very many other details, but if the lens is real then we can probably expect an announcement around CES since it’s coming up soon. Otherwise, it’s a damned good Photoshop job.
At the moment, Sony has a very limited selection of lenses that can natively be used with the full frame E mount A7 and A7r cameras. But if you want to start transitioning into the system from your older one, there are a couple of lenses that we really recommend that you try to go for first to deal with some of the system’s shortcomings.
Some of these lenses we even had the opportunity of testing during our time with the camera. Here are just a few.
There are some lenses that we dream of, and then there are lenses that we seriously wish that we were truly worth of. In a world dominated by autofocus lenses, some manual focus glass takes a step back to the modern convenience of phase and contrast detection. But there are still lenses that are not only worth their weight in gold, but worth attaching to your camera and gluing on forever.
These lenses range from the affordable to the pricey–and many tend to drool just a bit too much on their pillows at night when these lenses come to mind.
Here’s our round up of five manual focus lenses that will be the apple of your eye.