September 22, 2015

Samyang Just Introduced a 21mm T1.5 & 50mm T1.3 for Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang 50mm T1.3
Samyang this week announced two extremely fast new additions to their growing lineup of cinema-style lenses for mirrorless cameras, a 21mm f/1.4 (T1.5) and 50mm f/1.2 (T1.3).
Samyang 21mm Cine Lens

On the cinema side of the equation, Samyang — whose glass is known under the Rokinon brand in the US — introduced a 21mm T1.5 and a 50mm T1.3, both of which are incredibly fast for their respective focal lengths. The 21mm adds another piece to Samyang's lineup of cine-primes with a constant aperture of T1.5, and the 50mm T1.3 is an additional half stop (roughly) faster than the T1.5 version for those times where you need the fastest lens available.

Samyang 50mm T1.3

On the photo side, they've got the same lenses but without gears and measured in f-stops instead of T-stops, with the 21mm clocking in at f/1.4 and the 50mm at f/1.2. Like all of Samyang's recent lenses, these are meant to cover APS-C sensors, but they can certainly be used for smaller sensor sizes as well. Unlike some previous entries in the lineup, however, these only come in a range of mirrorless mounts (Sony E, Micro 4/3, Fujifilm X and Canon M), which makes them excellent companions for the GH4 and Sony's A7 cameras.

We don't have the Samyang lenses available for pre-order yet, and only the Rokinon photo versions are online as of right now. Here are the prices, and you can expect the cinema versions to be a little more expensive as that is the case for the announced prices in Europe:

  • 21mm f/1.4 = $500
  • 50mm f/1.2 = $550

Although it seems pretty strange that neither of these new cinema lenses come in more traditional mounts like Canon EF or Nikon F, it wouldn't be surprising to see Samyang introduce traditional DSLR versions of these lenses in the coming months. At the rate that they're releasing new lenses (absurdly damn fast), my guess is that the company will try to make each of these focal lengths available for each lens mount as soon as their engineers can make the changes.

These new lenses are expected to be available for purchase in October, but some versions are available to pre-order from the links below.     

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Samyang already makes a cine 50mm but I guess it isn't a T1.3. I'm not sure how common a 21mm is compared to a 24mm or 28mm.

September 22, 2015 at 11:59PM

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Ryan McCurdy
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The performance of the current Samyang 50mm is not so hot wide open, so I am expecting this new 50mm will produce a better image at the same aperture.

September 23, 2015 at 11:37AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I think it's pretty good, especially if you're just using the center of it.

September 24, 2015 at 9:15AM

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21mm is for the ASPC. Mostly for those guys that want a 35mm in 35mm-equivalent for their camera.

September 23, 2015 at 2:51AM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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I expect it will cover Super35 too.

September 23, 2015 at 12:28PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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A Metabones speed booster is cheaper and gives you a lot more options. I don't really understand their market for these lenses.

September 24, 2015 at 9:15AM

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An EF mount would be very good news for photographers too... especially the 50mm 1.2. I tried the Canon 50mm 1.2 (1300$) and I was pretty disappointed for that price point.

September 23, 2015 at 3:49AM

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David R. Falzarano
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The rear elements are probably too deep.

September 24, 2015 at 9:12AM, Edited September 24, 9:14AM

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Have you looked at the Nikon 50mm F/1.2?

September 26, 2015 at 3:48PM

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I wonder if these suck as much ass as the Rokinon 35mm.

Probably.

September 26, 2015 at 6:44AM

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David Gurney
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Compared to what? A Master Prime?

September 26, 2015 at 3:51PM

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I'm a big fan of Rokinon. While I do have some very expensive prime glass, I find that Rokinon can really deliver in most situations (that aren't beauty shoots for instance when you really need perfection). T stops are a nice feature as well to really dial in your light needs, and no one can really argue with the price tag, thats for sure.

September 28, 2015 at 12:42PM

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Roberto Serrini
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