There’s a New Autofocusing Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE Lens for Sony a7 and a9 Cameras

Sony camera users rejoice: you’ve got yet another autofocus lens in the form of the new Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE offering. Just announced today, the Samyang 35mm f1.4 FE is the fourth offering of autofocus lenses Samyang has created for the Sony FE lineup of cameras. That means that the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 has a competitor, though this one is slated to be a lower end option (it doesn’t include weather sealing). To that end, you won’t want to take your camera and lens out in the rain unless you’ve got some Sony or Zeiss glass on there.

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So Uhhhhh, The Minolta Brand is Back and Making Cameras?!

One of the brands of cameras you would absolutely never think would come back from the dead is Minolta. But according to Photo Rumors your lack of belief in zombies is wrong! Elite Brands, the makers of both Rokinon and Samyang, has seemingly struck a sort of licensing agreement to use the name brand. With that said, brand new Minolta cameras are currently on sale at Amazon. For those of you who knew and used Minolta cameras, you probably also remember they had a few digital camera models. But that’s what makes this even weirder.

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The Samyang 35mm f2.8 Lens Has Autofocus, Promises to Be Small

Samyang hasn’t really been known for their autofocus lenses, but as of late they’ve been creating options like the Samyang 35mm f2.8. This lens is being targeted at the full frame Sony mirrorless camera user since it’s full designation is the AF 35mm f2.8 FE. The lens features seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses, one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating. They’re touting it being able to deliver a lot of resolution all throughout the frame. If you do the translation from Euro to American, the price is around $336.00. With that said, it doesn’t sport the weather sealing of the Sony 35mm f2.8 FE.

More specs and info is after the jump.

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Cheap Photo: Rokinon Blowout Sale!

Rokinon has developed a reputation for great image quality and even better prices. Now, they’ve got some incredible blowout deals on some of Rokinon’s most popular lenses, which were already great deals in their own right.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the other great deals noted below!

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Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Fujifilm X System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt one of the niches in photography that attract many aspirants to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the majority of new photographers simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the best budget oriented portrait lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series. If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well.

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Samyang Announces New XP 14mm f2.8 and XP 85mm f1.2

Samyang is announcing today two new additions to their lineup of lenses: the XP 14mm f2.8 and the XP 85mm f1.2. The company and its sister Rokinon have created only manual focus lenses for years, but the Korea based company has been making strides with autofocus optics very recently too. These two options are manual focus only.

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Samyang’s Newest Lenses Are Made From Metal

Samyang has previously made lenses that didn’t have the best build quality in the opinion of many photographers, but today they’re announcing their new premium lens lineup. The first two lenses in the lineup are their 85mm f1.2 and their 14mm f2.4 lens. The lenses are said to be able to easily resolve a 50MP or 8K video with ease. Plus, they’re both designed for full frame cameras.

 

Important details from the press release are after the jump.

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6 Top Third Party Portrait Lenses Under $1000

Yes, brand name lenses are great, and have the advantage of being guaranteed to work flawlessly on cameras of that same brand. But third party lens manufacturers, especially in recent years have been coming out with some really killer options of their own. The quality bar has been raised and for most of the bigger established third party brands, quality control and performance issues are mostly things of the past.

So continuing with our Portrait theme for August, today we are going to go over some of our favorite third-party portrait lenses for under $1000.

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