Samyang Announce AF 35mm f/1.4 FE Lens for Sony a9 and a7R II

I am sure that most of you are quite familiar with the Samyang (and their Rokinon brand, which is the same thing) of lenses have been quite popular with indie filmmakers thanks to their affordable manual lenses that come in both stills and video form (with geared mechanical rings for aperture and focus – a must for serious filmmaking). I am a Samyang shooter and I’m quite pleased with my really cheap, but quite cheerful set of VDSLR Mark II cine primes ranging from 14mm to 135mm.

However, in the last year or so, Samyang have been getting more serious about their photography lens line-up, expanding it to include not just manual, but also autofocus lenses. Earlier today, Samyang announced the AF 35mm f/1.4 FE (full-frame) lens designed for Sony E mount. As a reminder, Samyang already have a super-compact pancake AF 35mm f2.8 lens, which we posted about here, a 50mm f1.4 FE, and also a 14mm f2.8 FE ultra-wide angle in the line-up.

Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE Highlights

  • Sony FE mount – perfect for Sony a9, a7s, a7R II, a7 etc.
  • Designed to cover Full-Frame 35mm sensors
  • Fast f/1.4 aperture wide open
  • 2 Aspherical Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • 9 circular blades for pleasing bokeh
  • 67mm front filter thread
  • 11 optical elements in 9 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 0.3m (approx 1 ft)
  • LSM – Linear Super sonic Motor for quiet AF
  • Weight – 7o5 grams
  • Price: $699 US / £599 inc. VAT
  • Availability: November 2017

According to its maker, the new AF 35mm f/1.4 FE works in harmony with full-frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount such as Sony α7 or α9 series and has been designed to appeal to enthusiasts and professionals who are ready to take the next step up in photography. It is the excellent companion to create artworks from everyday moments, while the tiny AF 35mm f/2.8 FE released in June of this year is the perfect partner for both enthusiasts and professionals.

samyang 35mm 1.4 FE Back Sony A9

Samyang are hyping therr “…absolute resolution across the entire image field” as a the key feature of the new Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE. The standard FOV lens includes 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating. The optical design minimises various aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion to deliver outstanding resolution.

Fast, precise and quiet autofocus performance meets Samyang’s exceptional optical technology to capture any moments clearly. The bright F1.4 secures fast shutter speed and creates shallow depth of focus images in wide-standard angle of view. The new 35mm f/1.4 lens is ideal for professional photography including low-light events, landscapes and portraits with expressive characteristics.

You can check out the lens’ specs below:

You can expect to see the new Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE at a photo store near you this November at an MSRP of £599 including VAT in the UK or around $700 US.

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