Today, Rokinon and Samyang are announcing their new 135mm f2 lens for full frame cameras. The lens is the company’s latest prime entry and is being targeted at portrait shooters. It features 11 glass elements in 7 groups and sports 9 aperture blades. The lens can focus as closely at 2.6 ft, and is the only other manual focus option besides the offering from Zeiss.
Rokinon and Samyang are offering it not only for still photographers, but also for cinema use.
The Rokinon 135mm f2 and Samyang 135mm f2 will be available in Canon EOS, Nikon (With AE Chip), Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Fuji X and Samsung NX while the 135mm T2.2 Cine DS version will initially be available in mounts for Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A and Micro 4/3.
Want one? B&H is taking pre-orders for $599 for the Rokinon, Samyang and Cinema versions.
Samyang has a new sharp and utterly manual control 50mm f1.4 AS UMC lens made for full frame cameras. With a wide open f1.4 aperture users will be able to shoot more comfortably in low light situations without having to bump up their ISO or long shutter speeds. Add in the eight aperture blades and the lens should produce nice and smooth bokeh as well.
The lens features 9 elements in 6 groups, which includes one aspherical element plus another Hybrid aspherical element. The lens also has a minimum focus distance of 45cm.
The lens will be available for a variety of lens mounts including Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Sony E, Pentax K, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds. Samyang has yet to announce a price or pre-order date for the lens but you can check out more images of the lens and sample image after the break.
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Samyang has a new 12mm f2.8 ED AS NCS fisheye lens and it’s the company’s widest piece of glass made for full frame cameras. The lens captures a diagonal angle of view of 180-degrees letting photographers really capture the entire scene, landscape, building, or anything that might be in front of them.
Although the lens is entire manual as with most of Samyang’s lenses, the Korean lens maker has not skimped on the glass. The 12mm f2.8 is comprised of 12 elements arranged in eight groups. This includes three low dispersion ED glass and two aspherical lens elements. The lens has also been finished with a variety of coatings including a nanocrystal anti-reflection NCS coating applied together with standard UMC coatings.
Samyang claims its new lens will work in diverse lighting conditions, and provide great focus, high contrast and natural color reproduction even with the fully open. The price and release date for the 12mm f2.8 ED AS NCS fisheye has yet to be revealed, but you can get another look at the lens and some image samples after the break.
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Reports say that Photokina will be a big show for Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, and all the big hitters but what about the little guys? After a relatively quiet period, Samyang may introduce a new 50mm f1.5 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras at Photokina according to a report from 43 Rumors. Taking the crop factor into account the lens would effectively be a 100mm f3 lens by full frame standards, which should make it a still bokehlicious macro and long portrait lens.
As with Samyang’s other lenses we expect this future release will come at a low price without sacrificing optical quality. That said don’t put up too many hopes on seeing image stabilization, autofocus, or many other features on this piece of kit. In order to stay competitive with other optics like the Olympus 50mm f2, Samyang’s new offering will have to stay below $500. Luckily the rumored lens will have a leg up with faster glass.
On the complete opposite spectrum of affordable there’s the SLR Magic’s Noktor 50mm f/0.95 HyperPrime lens. The only trade off to the extremely wide-open lens is it a manual focus-only lens, which some users might find difficult to use or gratifying to grab focus all on their own.
Recently we reported that Samyang (also known under the brand names Rokinon and Bower) may have some new glass in its pipeline, and today the company teased five new lenses on its Facebook page. The lenses in question are the previously mentioned 35mm f1.4 for Canon EF-mount with AE support, a 300mm f6.3 mirror lens for DSLRs, as well as the 7.5mm T3.8, 10mm T3.1 and 12mm T2.2 cine lenses.
Complete information on these lenses must have been accidentally published by Samyang Europe as this article over at Photo Rumors suggests. However, the links leading to the alleged PDF files containing the lenses’ specifications lead nowhere, so we assume that the information has meanwhile been taken down again. However, the three cine lenses are mostly identical to their previously-announced non-cine counterparts except for the different housing.
As for details on the new 35mm f1.4 AE lens and 300mm f6.3 mirror lens, we’l just have to wait another day until the official announcement. We’ll keep you posted!
Samyang, the South Korean company whose lenses are sold under the Rokinon brand name in the US, have recently teased a new product announcement for April 28th. Thanks to a video report from the Photo & Imaging Show that has been held in Seoul over Easter, we now have a pretty good idea of what is going to be announced that day.
Besides two new cine lenses, Samyang will very likely announce a new 35mm f1.4 for Canon EF-mount which, for the first time, will sport electronic contacts that allow the use of auto-exposure modes such as program and shutter priority mode. The two other lenses that Samyang is said to announce are a cine version of the 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds, sporting a T3.8 speed rating, as well as a cine version of the recently announced 12mm f2 lens for APS-C mirrorless systems.
Unfortunately, despite many customers asking for it, Samyang will not introduce any autofocus lenses soon, according to an interview with the website DicaHub. This is mainly due to licensing issues, but also the amount of information available on each camera system’s AF. Our guess is that the major player such as Canon and Nikon won’t just give away for free all the secrets of how their respective AF systems work.
Considering the lenses mentioned above have been shown off at the P&I show recently, it is safe to assume that they’ll be officially announced soon. Whether or not one or all of these will be announced next Monday, April the 28th, remains to be seen. Stay tuned!
Via Canon Watch