Samyang announces five news lenses, all tweaks to existing models

by Liam McCabe

posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM EST

Samyang 7.5mm fish-eye cinema lens for Micro Four Thirds.

Following yet another round of teases and speculation, Samyang has announced five new lenses. Each is really just a re-worked version of a pre-existing model, and they're all still manual focus. But there's nothing wrong with good, cheap glass in any form.

While official prices weren't included in the announcements, we've included prices from previous models to give you a ballpark idea of what the new optics will likely cost. 

The glass with the widest appeal is the Canon AE 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC. It's a revised version of a previous lens, now with in-camera (rather than on-lens) aperture control. Otherwise, the optics and aesthetic design are unchanged. The non-AE version costs about $450, so we wouldn't be surprised to see a slight price increase on this model.

The Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for Canon EF mounts now supports in-camera aperture control.

Next up is an APS-C version of the 300mm f/6.3 mirror lens, previously available in mirrorless mounts. The optics are slightly different to accommodate for a larger flange distance in cameras with mirrors, but otherwise is a familiar version of a lightweight, compact, affordable telephoto lens—albeit one without adjustable aperture. It’ll be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, and Four Thirds mounts. The mirrorless version costs about $280, so expect a similar figure here. 

Samyang also announced cinema versions of three lenses that had already been in production for stills-centric work. They use the same optics, but have geared focus and aperture rings for use with follow-focus rigs, visible markings on the side of the lens, and are calibrated for t-stops instead of f-stops.

There’s a 12mm T2.2, which will be available in Canon EF-M, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X, and Samsung NX mounts. The stills version, announced last month, cost about $400.

The Samyang 10mm is now available as a cinema lens, with geared focus and aperture rings, and is calibrated for t-stops.

A 10mm T3.1 will be available in Canon EF, Canon EF-M, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Sony E, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X, and Samsung NX mounts. The stills version costs between $530 and $550, depending on the mount.

And a 7.5mm T3.8 fish-eye will be available for Micro Four Thirds. The stills version sells for about $300, so the cinema version is likely to be the same.

For factsheets on each lens and more on the announcement, head to Samyang's website.