As many of you know, I am a big fan of Samyang optics. The Korean company has been making excellent quality lenses with modern techniques for some time now, complete with nano-coated optics and killer optical designs. Samyang also sells the same lenses under various different names, such as Rokinon, Vivitar Series 1, Bell & Howell, and others. Until now, all of their products have been for manual focus only and have been a favorite among video shooters for their silky smooth focusing abilities.
The Korean country's entry into E mount AF is awesome and will only help Sony's brand grow as their lenses are very inexpensive and offer unusually good performance for the money. What will remain to be seen is if the AF is any good. That they are saying all AF functions is a good thing. It would seem now that it's not only Sigma that might have discovered the "secret sauce," inside the Sony AF system. Hopefully these two additions to Samyang's lineup will only be the beginning of what they will offer in E-mount. I would love to have the 12mm and 16mm f/2 lenses they make in AF!!! I love the 16 as I find it much sharper and faster than the Sony 16mm f/2.8 lens, although not nearly as compact.
Because Sony's the new FE50mm f/1.8 lens joins the venerable 55mm f/1.8Z lens, my thought is that the 14mm f/2.8 will sell like hot-cakes, and the new 50mm from Samyang will be less so. There is a serious drought of glass in the super-wide category from Sony right now, with the only fast lens being the new FE35mm f/1.4 Zeiss. As awesome as it is, and it is awesome, the ability to have a FF 14mm f/2.8 should really be a great option as the only other lens even close will be the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8. And you should be able to buy three or four of the 14mm Samyang lenses for the cost of one Batis.
Things are really looking up for Sony users! I couldn't be happier :) #sonyalpha
|If this graphic/photo from Samyang offers any clue, it appears the 50mm lens will come out first as the 14mm version seems to be made in Illustrator, although I'm not sure even the 50mm lens is a real photograph.|
May 3rd, 2016, Seoul, Korea – The global optics brand, Samyang Optics (http://www.samyanglensglobal.com) today announced the long-awaited launch of two autofocus lenses: 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 lenses for Sony E mount Mirrorless cameras with full frame sensor size. The new 14mm and 50mm are the widest and brightest lenses in their classand offer superb quality images to photographers. This launching expands the boundaries of Samyang Optics photo lens line-up from manual focus only, to now include autofocus lenses.
Optimised Optical Design as Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Lens
Both 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC are specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance. Along with portability of mirrorless lenses, the 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 are compatible with full frame sensors to deliver the wideness and sharpnessof image to photographers.
The 67mm filter diameter brings the maximum amount of light into the lens to create the best work of light in photography. The 14mm F2.8 is the widest angle available in the market and the F1.4 of 50mm and F2.8 of 14mm apertures are by far the brightest of full frame mirrorless lenses, offering a beautiful bokeh effect and the best quality images under various exposure conditions.
Based on Samyang Optics’ exceptional optical technology, aspherical lenses have been included in both lenses to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.
AF Performance and Ergonomic Design Based on Class-Leading Technology
These new products will be the first autofocus lenses in over 40 years of Samyang’s class-leading core optics technologies.Samyang has captured the essence of world leading image technology with their manual focus lenses and reinterpreted it into autofocus lenses. Photographers now can enjoy the prime manual lens image quality and autofocus lens. These new 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 are compatible with both phase detect and contrast detect sensors to operate fast and accurate focus detection.
The 67mm filter diameter is also the result of years of R&D for best handling, by adding stability to the photo-taking experience. Also the minimal and sleek design and metal-housing solidify the build quality with the internal focus system.
These two new autofocus lenses from Samyang Optics will be exhibited at the Photo & Imaging 2016Show in Seoul, South Korea. The lenses will be globally available from July 2016. Further details, pricing and availability will follow.