Samyang adds fourth autofocus lens to their FE lens lineup, the AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens


posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:15 AM EDT


For a long time, Samyang's name was synonymous with full manual lenses for a wide variety of camera mounts. However, lately, Samyang is becoming better known for releasing autofocus lenses for the Sony e-mount.

The Korean optics company has announced their fourth full-frame autofocus lens for Sony E-mount cameras, the AF 35mm f/1.4 FE. This new fast prime lens joins the AF 14mm f/2.8 FE, AF 35mm f/2.8 FE and AF 50mm f/1.4 FE prime lenses. The new 35mm f/1.4 AF lens is aimed at enthusiasts and professionals alike, while the existing Samyang 35mm f/2.8 AF lens is aimed more for everyday photography due to its compact size.

With 11 elements across 9 groups, including pairs of aspherical lenses and high-refractive lenses, the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 FE is designed to deliver "outstanding resolution" with minimal aberrations. The lens also includes Samyang's "Ultra Multi Coating" to reduce flare and ghosting.

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

The lens weighs just under 23 ounces (around 650 grams) and is about four and a half inches long (115 millimeters), so it is quite a bit larger than the 35mm f/2.8 Samyang AF lens, which makes sense. It is very similar in overall size to Sony's own 35mm f/1.4 FE lens. However, the Samyang should cost considerably less than the US$1,600 price tag of the Sony Zeiss lens. ePhotozine is reporting a price of £599, which is a bit under US$800. The lens is expected to release in November.

Samyang also announced a new Lens Station which allows users to update the autofocus firmware of their Samyang AF FE lenses and calibrate focus and aperture. You can also customize manual focus sensitivity using the Lens Station.

The new Samyang Lens Station

(Via Mirrorless Rumors)