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Samyang Reveals New 20mm f/1.8 Lens for Full-Frame Shooters

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The Samyang summer lens release bonanza continues. Last week it was a super-fast 35mm f/1.2 for mirrorless APS-C cameras; today, we get a new ulra-wide angle, the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC for full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

The 20mm f/1.8, released under the tagline “Explore Your Wideness,” features 13 elements in 12 groups including two aspherical and three extra-low dispersion elements. As with the 35mm f/1.2, this manual focus lens promises “to minimize aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the center to the corners of the image.”

Beyond the lens elements, the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 features a circular 7-blade aperture and a minimum focusing distance of 0.2m (~8 inches).

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The lens will come in Canon EOS, Nikon AE, Pentax K, Sony alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FT, and MFT mounts.

“Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC is a wide angle manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras with full frame sensor size,” writes Samyang on the product page. “The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance.”

So while this will work with DSLRs, it seems the target market Samyang has in mind are mirrorless full-frame shooters.

The photo version of the lens (a cine version was also released today) is slated arrive in September, and will cost 500 Euro (~$550 USD). To learn more, head over to the Samyang website by clicking here.

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