50mm-1.4-frontKorean lens brand Samyang has announced that it will use the Photokina show next month to introduce a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for stills photographers and the same lens designed for videographers using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Both Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 50mm T1.5 AS UMC are designed to cover a full frame sensor and, according to Samyang’s website, will each come in 10 mounts to cover Nikon, Canon EOS, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds bodies.

Constructed using 9 elements in 6 groups, including a single aspherical element and a hybrid aspherical, both lenses will have a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m and will feature 8-bladed irises for an ‘almost’ fully circular aperture.

The principle difference between the VDSLR and DSLR models is that the VDSLR version will have an uncoupled, non-clicking, aperture ring and a focus gear ring. UK distributor Intro2020 has released a price of £479.99 for the VDSLR version, and pricing for the stills version will follow. Below is a sample video posted by Samyang demonstrating the capabilities of the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.


For more information visit the Samyang Optics and Samyang UK websites.

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