Rumor: Samyang to Start Making AF Glass Under a New Logo Very Soon


Third-party lenses are on the rise, there’s no denying that. Between Sigma kicking large amounts of booty with its impressive lineup and Tamron looking serious with the new 150-600mm lens it recently announced, competition for space in your camera bag is getting fierce.

And apparently it’s about to get even fiercer, because rumor has it Samyang intends to step its game up as well.

So far this is just a rumor, but according to Photo Rumors, the third party lens company will soon announce a new logo (pictured below) and a new, very important, feature: autofocus.


Up till now, Samyang lenses were always manual focus, which suited many people just fine, but was still a strike in the cons column. If PR has their facts straight, then this con will soon disappear when Samyang officially announces the change in a few days time.

Keep an eye on the blog and we’ll be sure to update you just as soon as an announcement goes public.

(via Photo Rumors)

  • Joe

    Like the original logo more, besides it will just be rebranded to rokinon or bower

  • alfonse

    I hope they keep their manual focus line, and maintain its quality and budget factor.

  • Kenneth Younger III

    I actually don’t even care about autofocus so much as focus confirmation beeping.

  • Bill

    These lens are very reasonably priced. Does anyone know how sharp of a photo they capture? I read the article about the Zeiss lens and watched the movie, $4000 though is a lot of dough, but it was really sharp.

  • Still Waiting….

    Maybe Samyang will finally make the Nikon “G” series f/2.8 lenses in the 16mm and 24mm focal lengths I’ve been waiting for since Nikon made their lens mount auto-focus change-over again…

  • greenarcher02

    Users of the Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye for Micro Four Thirds said it was a really really sharp lens.

  • JoeNoName

    the 35 and 85mm are amongst the sharpest lenses in the market, they top Zeiss for sure and are WAY less expensive. The 14mm is also good but a bit lower image quality than the other two mentioned.
    The 24mm is not so good and the 8mm is also excellent, really tight sharp. They are chosen for astrophotography as they are great at wide open apertures, really sharp. The APS-C lenses I have no idea, but apparently they are also very sharp.
    I own the 85 and 35 and would buy them again no questions asked,

  • Amando FIlipe

    Same here, got my first samyang(8mm fisheye rebranded to walimex) and it’s a great lens, a friend also has the 35mm f/1.4 and the construction quality and image quality is just so nice…

  • Amando Filipe

    I have the 8mm, wide open it’s plenty sharp in the center, but once you start to close it it’s sharp everywhere.

  • superduckz

    Agreed. If this is just an attempt to get profits up at the expense of affordability and image quality then they will just be costing themselves what attracted many folks to them in the first place. On the other hand I’m so happy with my 8mm that were I to upgrade I will take a serious look at the new lineup.

  • Truelight

    These third party lenses when they are good also keep the name brands from jacking their prices up to unrealistic levels. I love my Tamron lenses.

  • jan

    I have plenty of samyang or walimex (as it’s branded in some countries) at my workplace, the quality in the images and the build quality is actually quite amazing, especially if you consider the pricetag.

  • alfonse

    I own the 35mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.4 and love them both.

  • alfonse

    I hope it’s not just marketing as well.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I also like the fact that their 8mm doesn’t stretch or squash details as much as other fisheye lenses.

  • Nick V

    Do they have the confirmation beeps?

  • Kenneth Younger III

    No, their current lenses have no electronics in them whatsoever.