Samyang introduces a 50mm f/1.4 “dream” lens (and a T1.5 cine version)

by Felix Esser

posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:24 AM EDT

After teasing the upcoming announcement of a "dream" lens, the Korean optics manufcaturer Samyang, whose products are also sold under the Rokinon and Bower brands in the US, has announced a new 50mm f/1.4 "dream lens" as well as a T1.5 cine counterpart in various mounts. Both lenses compelemt the company's lineup of DSLR and cine lenses which so far had a gap between the 35mm and 85mm focal lengths.

Both lenses share the same optical construction, which consists of nine lens elements in six groups. Of these, one lens has aspherical surfaces and one is a so-called hybrid aspherical lens. In combination with Samyang's own Ultra Multi Coating technology, the lenses promise outstanding resolution, sharpness and contrast while minimizing optical aberrations such as flare, ghosting and color fringing.

The remainder of the specs list of both lenses is equally similar. Both sport an eight-bladed aperture with rounded elements that create almost circular out-of-focus highlights at all settings. The minimum focusing distance is 45 cm (1.47 ft) on the 50mm f/1.4 as well as the T1.5 model, and each lens sports a 77 mm filter thread at the front.

The main difference between the two models is the design of their respective bodies, with the 50mm f/1.4 featuring a typical DSLR lens design, while the T1.5 version is equipped with gears for videography use. As with other Samyang cine lenses, the aperture ring of the 50mm T1.5 is uncoupled, or "de-clicked," to allow for smooth and silent aperture adjustments during filming.

The Samyang 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm T1.5 lenses will be available for most current DSLR and mirrorless systems, and will come as Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds mount versions. The 50mm T1.5 cine lens will be presented during photokina 2014 and will be exhibited at Samyang's stand No. A-025 in hall 2.1.

Pricing and availability of either lens have yet to be announced. More information on the two lenses is available on Samyang's website here (f/1.4 version) and here (T1.5 version.)

Below, you can watch a sample video created by Samyang, showing off the optical qualities of the 50mm T1.5 lens used on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

(via CanonWatch)