Samyang has introduced its third AF lens, the 35mm F2.8 FE, an extremely compact and lightweight lens to accompany its existing 14mm F2.8 FE and 50mm F1.4 FE lineup. The newest "tiny but mighty" lens is designed to cover full frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras–Sony A7S II and ASR II–with a very affordable price tag of $300, when compared to Sony's own 35mm F2.8 (coming in at around $800).

The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length. Inside are seven elements in six groups, including two aspherical lenses and one refractive lens, plus Samyang's Ultra Multi Coating to combat aberration and unwanted light dispersion.

The lens promises to deliver "fast and accurate" AF performance and high-quality images "from center to corners." The focal length on full frame sensors will most resemble the human eye, according to Samyang. On Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series cameras, the lens will be equivalent to a 52mm. 

Samyang 35mm F2.8Samyang 35mm F2.8

What Samyang is pushing here is portability and price. While the 35mm lens isn't weather-sealed, its minimum focus distance of 0.35m can achieve that wide look with little camera shake while still being able to focus on the subject during tracking shots. 

The lens is expected to ship July 2017. You can find more about it on Samyang's website.

Tech Specs:

  • 35mm F2.8
  • AF System 
  • Aspherical Lens 
  • Ultra Multi Coating 
  • Circular aperture with 7 blades