UPDATE: 4-2-15 NOW The 100mm f/2.8 lens is now available for preorder from B&H – $549
Available in the following mounts – Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax, Samsung and Sony Mounts
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
- One High Refractive Index Element
- One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
- Ultra Multi-Coating
- 1:1 Magnification, 1′ Minimum Focus
- Internal Focus; Manual Focus Design
- Non-Rotating Filter Mount
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Shipping at the end of April
Original Post below-
On Samyang’s FB page they have teased a new lens coming soon. . .
It is expected that this lens will be a 100mm Macro f/2.8 and arrive this summer. The lens will offer, in Samyang’s own words – “With immense focus and unparalleled features” All Samyang lenses are manual focus and do not offer IS. This allows them to offer affordably sharp glass that budget photographers and videographers love. I am curious how this lens will offer “immense focus and unparalleled features” Do you have any idea? I do expect it will be sharp and for most serious macro work manual focus is preferred but the rumor is currently a higher price than most Samyang offerings – maybe as high as $800 putting it on par with the excellent Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM – that gives you autofocus with full time manual focus.
UPDATE 4-1-2015: B&H briefly had a Rokinon version of this new lens listed on their website. Price at $549 – much more reasonable in my opinion for a manual focus only lens that is likely to be very sharp.
Samyang, Bower and Rokinon are actually the same Korean company producing manual focus lenses known for sharpness. They get rebranded and sold worldwide. Their fisheye and UWA lenses are very good, they have more recently started selling Cine style lenses too with smooth aperture control and gearing for follow focus systems.
I plan to bring you hands-on reviews of these lenses soon. Which are the most interesting to you?
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