external Samyang to Release Five Prime Lenses for the a7 and a7R in the Next Two Months —Samyang

samyangThose of you who love the new a7 and a7R, but aren’t thrilled with the thus-far limited glass selection have reason to celebrate. Samyang optics has officially announced that it is working on five new prime lenses for the E-Mount full-frames — a 14mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.4, 24mm f/3.5, 35mm f/1.4 and an 85mm f/1.4 — that will all be released “within the next two months”

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  • Mike

    Solid lineup:

    Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
    Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
    Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC
    Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
    Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC

    Remains to be seen how they perform. 14mm f/2.8, very nice but will it be able to deal with the ray angle issues? Even a tilt-shift lens, good news for Sony. Maybe the E-mount will get a bunch of 3rd party lenses quickly, right now the lens selection is not going to sway many from CaNikon.

  • harumph

    “Those of you who love the new a7 and a7R…”

    Well, let’s wait until we get it in our hot little hands first before declaring our love for it. Same with this lens line-up: It looks great on paper, but I’ll wait for some reviews first. Can’t wait, though.

  • Chris

    Actually, these lenses all already exist in full-frame mount for Canon/Nikon/etc. Cant imagine they are doing a lot more than putting a different mount on and making minor tweaks to them.

    The 14mm and 85mm are definitely the best value for their prices.

  • Mike

    I know they have them in FF mount but I’m not sure it is as simple as changing the mount for the mirror based cameras. The distance from the mount to the sensor is much smaller in the A7r, so I’m assuming that the image circle would not cover the sensor. I suppose they can add an extension tube type spacer to make it work, but that may have it’s own issues.

  • R O

    These lenses will ultimately end up being much larger than a native mount for the camera and won’t take advantage of the more compact size mirrorless allows. All while not having AF.