August 8, 2016

Samyang Rolls Out 2 New Full Frame 20mm Lenses

Samyang 20mm
The summer of Samyang lenses continues.

Last week, Samyang released a super-fast 35mm f/1.2 for mirrorless APS-C and 4/3 cameras. Today, we get two wide-angle manual focus lenses—20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC for cine, and a 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC for photo.

The 20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC is part of the full frame sensor line and features an ultra-wide lens with an incredible close focus of 0.2m (around 8"). Samyang says, "The bright T1.9 aperture secures a fast shutter speed even under the restricted lighting conditions to offer best quality images."

Designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, it showcases two aspherical lenses and three extra-low dispersion elements​.​

The lens is fixed with a smooth focus ring and is accompanied by a circular aperture with seven blades (both click-less). Designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, it showcases two aspherical lenses and three extra-low dispersion elements. Similar to the 35mm f/1.2, Samyang promises it will "minimize aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the center to the corners of the image."

For convenience, the distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens when filming and a petal lens hood is included. As a consideration to fill the gap between 14mm and 25mm, the 20mm will come in Canon EOS, Nikon AE, Pentax K, Sony alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FT, and MFT mounts.

20mm T1.9 ED AS UMC features

  • Aperture range: T1.9 - T22
  • Optical construction: 13 elements in 12 groups, 2 aspherical lenses
  • Min. focusing distance: .2mm (~8")
  • Filter size: 77.0mm
  • Maximum diameter: 83.0mm

The cost is around $550. Check it out further at the Samyang website.      

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awesome news, Samyang really is the best option for no budget filmmakers like myself.

August 8, 2016 at 4:42PM

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I disagree. Their lenses suck. I was using their 35mm for a shoot and couldn't figure out why NOTHING was in focus in the frame, near or far. A closer examination revealed that the lens wasn't just soft, but it was rife with ghosting. The shots were unusable. Look at the review examples on B&H and you'll find the same thing.

You're better off using still lenses with an adapter ring. Hassle? Yes, but you won't ruin your production.

August 14, 2016 at 10:38AM

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David Gurney
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Very excited for this. I love my Samyang lenses. I have the whole cinema set from 14mm to 135mm for my A7S. This will fill a nice spot in the line-up as the 14mm is just too wide the overwhelming majority of the time. I need to look into their 100mm macro lens... They really are an incredible value for one-man-band, no-budget filmmaking.

August 9, 2016 at 3:47AM

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David West
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Hopefully that 20mm is sharp, I know the Nikon and Sigma are pretty good

August 9, 2016 at 2:09PM

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Yeah, I'm hoping it's quite sharp too. Most of the Rokinon lenses do pretty solidly, but their 24mm is probably their softest lens. I still use it all the time, but a sharper lens on that end of the focal length scale would be great.

August 10, 2016 at 1:28AM

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David West
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I guess we can assume what that Xeen lens between 14 and 24mm is going to be now.

August 10, 2016 at 1:33PM, Edited August 10, 1:33PM

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