Samyang has announced a super fast 20mm lens as part of their ongoing 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbusters promotion, where they planned to introduce five new lens over the course of five weeks that began on July 18.
The lens comes in two configurations: the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC and 20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC which offer a 20mm F1.8 photo lens and a 20mm T1.9 cine lens with focus and aperture gear rings.
The lens is features a bright aperture along with Samyang’s Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) which offers an improved optical performance. The camera also has a wide 94.8 degree angle of view and uses quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture gear rings which are perfect for filming as well as an incredible close focus of 0.2m (~8″). Here’s what Samyang says of the cine lens:
“The bright T1.9 aperture secures a fast shutter speed even under the restricted lighting conditions to offer best quality images. It will brighten up your everyday snapshots. Also it creates an outstanding out-of-focus look by highlighting the main object effectively.”
The lens utilizes 13 elements of glass in 12 groups of which there are 2 aspherical lenses and 3 extra-low dispersion lenses per lens. This minimizes aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, and deliverers a high resolution from the center of the image all the way out to the corners.
The Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC and 20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC is meant to bridge the gap between 16mm and 24mm lenses. Both lenses are compatible with common mounts that include Canon EOS, Nikon AE, Pentax K, Sony alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FT, and Micro Four Thirds mounts.
Samyang 20mm series will available starting in September 2016. The expected retail prices are €499 for 20mm F1.8 photo lens and €549 for 20mm T1.9 cine lens, which translates to somewhere between $550 USD to $600 USD.
Here are the list of features and technical specifications for Samyang 20mm lens (and you can get more information here):
- The all-manual lens is available in photo design or cine design which offers focus and aperture gear rings.
- Wide aperture of T1.8/T1.9 and goes up to T22.
- Minimum focus distance of 20cm or about 8″.
- Wide 94.8 degree angle of view.
- 77mm filter size.
- Optical construction consists of 13 elements in 12 groups (2 aspherical).
- Circular 7 blade aperture.
- 83.0mm maximum diameter.