Samyang has been rather busy as of late, releasing a series of lenses over the course of the past couple weeks.
While their rise into the mainstream eye hasn’t been incredibly quick, we are seeing a steady rise of Samyang and Rokinon faithfuls in conjunction with the popularity of Sony’s Mirrorless and interchangeable lens video camera systems. This is to be expected. As shooters migrate, they’re looking for options to accommodate the E-Mount, or in the case of Metabones, they’re looking to take what they already own and adapt it for a new system.
For many on the outside looking in, it’s easy to call these lenses, “budget” or, “low end” but most of us that use them all the time, can't speak highly enough about 'em. Why is this? Because they offer so many features that video shooters have been really looking, and waiting for.
Samyang is continuing this ethic with their newest lens announcement. The 35mm f/1.2 (T1.3). Charles Haine at No Film School gives a great breakdown of the pros and cons of this new glass.
This manual focus lens gives an amazing amount of flexibility at an incredibly affordable $500 price tag. And really, that’s what makes what Samyang is doing so terrific. Just a few years ago, the E-Mount was looking pretty substandard. There weren’t too many options available, and they weren’t too appetizing when they were within your price range, if they were ever even close to your price range.
But now, it's 2016 and there’s a surprisingly powerful range of lenses available with sub-$600 prices. We’ll always have Zeiss and Sony, but Samyang is making a strong case to be the first name you think of when you’re looking to buy a new Mirrorless lens.
Samyang Wants to Brighten Up Your Day with New 35mm Lens
Via No Film School:
With a 35mm F1.2 for mirrorless cameras, Samyang continues rolling out lenses for low light and shallow depth of field at amazing prices.
Samyang has devised a great marketing plan for summer 2016: instead of releasing 5 new lenses at once, they're rolling them out once a week, giving the products a lot more coverage as sites like this one report every lens release. While this means more attention for Samyang, it also means we get to dive into each lens in a bit more detail, so that we’ll notice good things we might have missed, but also means we’ll be annoyed by things we would’ve ignored in a more traditional “here are all our new things at once!” type announcement.
The good with this lens?
The most obvious is the F1.2/T1.3 widest aperture. While most of the progress is low-light shooting of the last decade has been focused on sensor sensitivity (such as with the Red Weapon Helium), there are still benefits to a wide aperture lens. Even with super fast sensors, you can often find yourself in need of a wider aperture for scenes where you don’t control the lighting, or where you are depending on dim natural sources. Of course, with wide aperture comes a shallower depth of field. It’s nice to see some manufacturers at the lower end pushing beyond the T1.4 we mostly see as the “wide aperture” lens. Of course, there are the Vantage ONE T1 lenses, but man, they cost a pretty penny.
Which leads us to the next positive on this lens: a $500 price point. That’s a great price for a lens that can provide such amazing wide aperture performance.
Speaking of that aperture, it’s 9 blades, which, if you do shoot wide-open, will make for smoother bokeh rings, as opposed to the triangular spread you see with a three blade shutter such as older Zeiss Super Speeds when shooting WFO (wide freakin' open).
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