Samyang’s busy summer: Two new 35mm manual focus lenses for mirrorless cameras announced


posted Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:59 AM EDT


As part of their five lenses in five weeks launch event, Samyang has announced two new 35mm lenses, both of which are designed for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors.

For photographers, the 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS lens offers a "standard" focal length, bright f/1.2 maximum aperture, nine-bladed circular aperture and "smooth focus ring" in a light, compact form factor. The glass includes nine elements in seven groups (two elements are aspherical) and weighs between 14.8 and 15.3 ounces depending on the lens mount.

While we haven't tested this ourselves, Samyang promises a sharp image across the frame with minimal aberrations thanks to their proprietary Ultra Multi Coating. The mirrorless camera lens will be available in Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X and Canon M mounts in September for €449 (which is around US$500, but official US pricing is not yet available).

Samyang 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS
MTF charts and construction diagram for the new Samyang 35mm f/1.2 lens

Videographers will be more interested in the 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS lens, which differs slightly from the 35mm f/1.2 optic above. The cine lens version has focus gear rings and a declicked aperture and is optimized for professional focus follow systems. The lens also includes distance scale and T number markings on both sides of its body. The cine lens will be available in September for €499 (just under US$560, but again, official US pricing is not yet available).

Notice the physical differences between the Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS lens and the stills photo lens up above.

(Seen via Photo Rumors)