You may have heard of Samyang lenses, especially if you shoot video and prefer to keep more money in your pocket. Samyang lenses (also sold under the names Bower, Rokinon, Walimex etc) have struck a special cord with budget shooters and photographers as of lately. A few weeks ago Samyang started off what they call the 2016 Summer Blockbuster season with the announcement of some AF lenses and some new Cine lenses, such as the new super-fast wide-angle 20mm T1.9, and the 35mm T1.3 and f/1.2 versions in the weeks prior. Samyang actually debuted their new 14mm f2.8 AF FE lens back in May this year, but it’s always more helpful to get full specs and more technical info on the new lens.
As Samyang puts it, their new AF 14/2.8 FE is “specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount.” Sony A7sII and A7rII shooters rejoice – you have a new ultra-wide angle prime to add to your lens collection.
The new AF 14mm f2.8 FE features Ultra Multi Coating and three aspherical lenses among the 14 elements arranged in 10 groups to minimise ghosting/flaring and chromatic aberration.
Samyang AF 14mm f2.8 FE Lens
- Ultra Wide Angle in 113.9°
- Sony E-mount
- Full Frame 35mm coverage
- AF System
- Aspherical Lens
- Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics
- Circular aperture with 7 blades
- Minimum Focus Distance – 0.20m *or 0.656 feet
- Weight – 505 grams
One thing to note about this lens, as with the previous 14mm stills and cine version by Rokinon/Samyang – there is no front filter thread due to size of the front element and attached hood – so front circular threaded ND/Pola and other filters are a no-go, unless you DIY mod the lens, use a matte box or a 4×4 filter holder. Nonetheless, with the advancing AF technologies in modern 4K video cameras, I won’t be surprised to see a lot of FS5/A7sII shooters pick this lens up and use it for video.
UPDATE: The 14mm f2.8 AF FE will retail for 699 Euros and ship next month in September.