Samyang Announces New 14mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 Autofocus Lenses

[Image] Samyang Optics Announces 14mm & 50mm Autufocus Lens

Samyang has previously only created manual focus lenses; but now they’re changing that. Today, the company announced two autofocus lenses: 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 lenses for Sony full frame E mount Mirrorless cameras.

The lenses have aspherical lenses and what seems to be 67mm filter diameters.

No official word on pricing yet, but we hope that they’re affordable as all of Samyang and Rokinon’s stuff has been. More info from the press release is after the jump.

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Seven Lenses for APS-C Cameras with Great Bokeh


The rules involving getting really nice bokeh generally have to do with aperture blades; but there is much more than that. For example, fast apertures in regards to the focal length and the distance to the subject can also help determine what your final photo will look like and how nice the bokeh looks.

Oh right! And the larger the sensor, the more bokeh you’ll have at a given aperture and distance.

For what it’s worth though, despite APS-C sensors being seen as small, they’re still very capable with the right lenses. And even though bokeh isn’t the name of the game when it comes to getting really high quality images, it can help lead a viewer’s eyes in an image.

Combing through the site’s Reviews Index, we’ve compiled a number of lenses you’re bound to fall in love with. Now keep in mind, full frame camera lenses will also give you nice bokeh but these lenses were specifically designed with an APS-C sensor in mind.

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Samyang is Teasing a Possible New Macro Lens

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Samyang is the same company as Rokinon, and they’ve currently got a new teaser on their Facebook page. It seems like a new Macro lens may be coming from their statement.

“With immense focus and unparalleled features, #Samyangoptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.”

It we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it’s a Macro lens and that since it’s bound to be fully manual focus the lens could be a true 1:1 Macro optic. Given that Samyang and Rokinon have both also worked on more premium versions of their lenses to ensure perfect color correction, this new lens may be a super premium optic of some sort.

However, we’re not sure what D-6 means. They wouldn’t tease a product coming in December starting this early. We’ll just have to wait and find out.

The New Rokinon/Samyang 135mm f2 Is an Affordable Portrait Lens

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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 Introduces a 50mm f1.4 AS UMC Manual Lens for Every Camera

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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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You Can Almost See Yourself in the Shot with the Samyang 12mm f2.8 Fisheye Lens

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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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Samyang Reportedly Has a 50mm f1.5 Micro Four Thirds Lens Lined Up for Photokina

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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.