Samyang Is Diving Into The Autofocus Arena– Are They Ready?

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

Whenever we discuss these new style, low price Korean-built lenses like Samyang and Rokinon, we are usually discussing manual lenses.

Adding features like autofocus require plenty of expensive units and parts that aren’t easy for small manufacturers to purchase or perfect through research and development.

That means that new lenses like the recently announced Samyang 14mm and 50mm AF lenses arrive with questions very different than those of their manual focus line. Questions and withholdings about autofocus speed and critical sharpness will undoubtedly follow these lenses, but the only reason why that truly matters is because of the newly announced price point.

At $790, the Samyang AF 14mm is in a league with the higher end lenses that arrive at your door with far fewer questions. While in the past, Samyang and Rokinon could sell lenses to customers wanting to take a chance on a reasonably priced lens, now they enter the autofocus arena and they’re in an entirely new place in the market.

What I am hoping, and what could definitely happen, is that Samyang could surprise us with a totally comparable autofocus system that’s snappy and accurate. In fact, it’s very likely that will happen. The question really is, are you willing to take the chance before seeing a healthy few months of reviews?

Related article:

Samyang Announces Price and Ship Date for Autofocus 14mm f/2.8 Lens

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Via PetaPixel:

Ever since they were first announced in May, people have been dying to get their hands on Samyang’s new Autofocus lenses. Well… you don’t have to wait long. Samyang announced both price and ship date for their AF 14mm f/2.8 FE lens earlier today.

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The fifth ‘new’ lens in their summer lens release extravaganza, the AF 14mm f/2.8 for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras is not actually a new lens; but we’ll forgive Samyang the deception since they finally let the price cat out of the bag.

The autofocus 14mm will ship in September at a suggested retail price of 700 Euro (~$790 USD).

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