Fast aperture 14mm and 50mm optics open up low light shooting possibilities

The optical armoury of filmmakers who shoot with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras will expand in June 2016 with the arrival of two new AF prime lenses from Samyang Optics. These will be the first-ever autofocus lenses from the South Korean lens company.

The scheduled new additions are the 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC and the 50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC lenses. Whilst they will clearly have appeal for photographers who are shooting stills the newcomers to the Samyang range of lenses will also offer an extreme wide-angle option to movie makers with the 14mm focal length, plus the very fast aperture on the 50mm prime.

The comparatively fast apertures on both if the lenses will help filmmakers who are looking to shoot footage in low light conditions.

Both lenses incorporate aspherical glass within their optical make-ups in order to help to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. They also feature a 67mm filter diameter, which is designed to allow the maximum amount of light into the lenses and will prove useful for habitual users of 67mm filters.

The lenses are said to offer “a beautiful bokeh effect” and are compatible with both phase detect and contrast detect sensors for “fast and accurate focus detection”. They have a minimised parting line design and metal housings to ensure the build quality protects their internal focus system.

The lenses will join the existing Samyang range, which includes 16 Samyang Cine lenses for mirrorless cameras. The Cine lens line-up includes the latest 50mm T1.3 and the 21mm T1.5 models – all of the Cine lenses are available in Canon M, Fuji-X, MFT and Sony E-mounts. To find out more about the full range of Samyang lenses just click here.