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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


Update: Now in stock at B&H Photo. ($399)

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Samyang officially announced their new AF 35mm F2.8 FE lens.

You may pre-order it today for $399 at B&H Photo.

Key features:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  3. Two Aspherical Elements, One HR Element
  4. Ultra Multi-Coating
  5. Autofocus with Manual Focus Override
  6. Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  7. Filter Thread: Front: 49 mm
  8. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 2.43 x 1.30" (61.8 x 33 mm)
  9. Weight: 85 grams

More info at Samyang's page.

















Apr 20, 2017 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


Samyang seems to always make the wrong calls :/
Like when they first announced their AF lenses and it seems the whole world was waiting for the amazing 135mm with AF and NOPE, they came up with some other lenses instead. Now they seemingly drop the ball again.
Sometimes I wonder who is running some of these companies and their disconnection with what customers want.



Apr 20, 2017 at 03:10 PM
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What an f/2.8 prime lens? And a 35mm at that? They only advantage I could see is their price..... probably around $200 at intro.


Apr 20, 2017 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


Any chance this could be better than the Zony 35mm/2.8 on vignetting and/or sharpness in the corners?


Apr 20, 2017 at 03:38 PM
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krugorg wrote:
Any chance this could be better than the Zony 35mm/2.8 on vignetting and/or sharpness in the corners?


I don't think vignetting will be better based on the picture above. Better corner resolution?...I would guess not. The 35/2.8 ZA is plenty sharp towards the edges even wide open. See this test at infinity:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1482312

My guess it that it will be a much cheaper alternative and could sell well if good optically.



Apr 20, 2017 at 03:55 PM
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A 35mm 2.8 is odd, doubt it'll beat the Zeiss in any area except price (which used prices aren't even that bad for the Zeiss these days). They did miss an opportunity by making it slow. Who will bring out a small 35mm f2 with AF?


Apr 20, 2017 at 04:58 PM
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it almost looks like they found the same supplier for the lens housing as sony and just put their label on it.
what a waste!
i'm sure it will be half the price or less, so i guess that's something, but if you're going to go through the trouble, there is so much low-hanging fruit they could clean up on still.



Apr 20, 2017 at 05:14 PM
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They should convert their existing MF 135mm f/2 lens into an AF lens and sell that lens for double the price of the MF version and they would be laughing all the way to the bank. Or sell the concept to Sony for the next Sony FE 135mm f/2 GM lens .


Apr 20, 2017 at 06:01 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
They should convert their existing MF 135mm f/2 lens into an AF lens and sell that lens for double the price of the MF version and they would be laughing all the way to the bank. Or sell the concept to Sony for the next Sony FE 135mm f/2 GM lens .


I believe two lenses would be very successful: Samyang FE 135/2 AF and Samyang FE 35/1.8 AF...
So far they gave us 50/1.4 and 14 and 35/2.8...



Apr 20, 2017 at 06:28 PM
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And with that they might just sell a bucket load of them. The Sony version is on the high price side, leaving open the low end. If image quality is close, it will be a winner for Samyang, but not for us enthusiast on this forum.


Apr 20, 2017 at 06:48 PM
 

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I think the bigger question is what is holding up Zeiss from delivering the Batis 35 f2. Surely they must see a big market for this lens.


Apr 20, 2017 at 06:50 PM
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I think the bigger question is what is holding up Zeiss from delivering the Batis 35 f2. Surely they must see a big market for this lens, got to be bigger than the 135 2.8.


Apr 20, 2017 at 06:50 PM
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You pretty much nailed it. Sony left the door wide open with pricing. Why we are seeing this

chez wrote:
And with that they might just sell a bucket load of them. The Sony version is on the high price side, leaving open the low end. If image quality is close, it will be a winner for Samyang, but not for us enthusiast on this forum.




Apr 20, 2017 at 07:09 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


I have an RX1RII on backorder (hmph!), but I've held out so long waiting for a 35/2 or 35/1.8 in AF. Samyang screwed up here. Hmph (again)!


Apr 20, 2017 at 07:26 PM
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I might be one of the few, but if it performs well I may be interested in this - would extend the range of one configuration of my light/minimal hiking kit when teamed with a 12-24. I thought about the Sony zeiss, but couldn't justify the expenditure.


Apr 20, 2017 at 07:43 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


My guess is the moment there is a 35/2.0 and a 35/1.8 there will be a lot of people complaining that it's not a 35/1.9 and they don't know how companies could not make that lens. 😀😀


Apr 20, 2017 at 08:06 PM
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The *ONLY* way I'd be interested in this is if it's laughably cheap. Like 200 or less.

If it's even $300, I'd just go for the Sony used.



Apr 20, 2017 at 08:26 PM
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GabrielPhoto wrote:
Samyang seems to always make the wrong calls :/
Like when they first announced their AF lenses and it seems the whole world was waiting for the amazing 135mm with AF and NOPE, they came up with some other lenses instead. Now they seemingly drop the ball again.
Sometimes I wonder who is running some of these companies and their disconnection with what customers want.


"The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies." (Robert Conquest)



Apr 20, 2017 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


Unless Samyang's backed by some billionaire who treats the business like a charity, I think it's safe to assume, given their continued development and output, they're a healthy company with a good grasp on their market. So they likely haven't missed the boat here. It may not be your boat.

Maybe Sigma will answer the prayers for the native medium-fast 35. My opinion is that someone should come up with a small, high quality AF 40-45/2. With the exception of weight, if they could make it no bigger than this lens or the Sony 35/2.8 (from a historical perspective, this would seem doable, but I could be wrong) with a draw comparable to the RX1 or even a slightly improved Contax G, I think a lot of people would find that a comfortable one-lens solution.



Apr 21, 2017 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · In stock: Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens


I will likely end up with this lens. Cheap is good. I know people want something faster, but small and light is my preference and the Zony 35/2.8 is too much for what it is IMO (although I love the rendering of the Voigtlander 40/2.8 and was thinking about that). I'm definitely the intended market. It would be nice to have something with AF as well, I haven't had an autofocus lens in at least 3 years, and not one I've used regularly for about 5.


Apr 22, 2017 at 09:36 PM
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