Rokinon has released its third lens in the Special Performance 'SP' line (XP under Samyang). The manual focus 50mm F1.2 prime accompanies the SP 85mm F1.2 and SP 14mm F2.4 and can easily capture 8K video and 50 megapixel photos. Currently made only for full frame Canon EF mounts, it can be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length on cameras like the Canon EOS 80D. 

Rokinon SP 50mm F1.2Rokinon SP 50mm F1.2Credit: Rokinon

The high speed lens touts a 9-blade aperture and is made from 11 lenses in 8 groups. This includes one aspherical and one high-refractive lens element to minimize aberrations and increase sharpness. Additionally, the same ultra multi-coating on the 14/85mm focal lengths can be found on the 50mm to suppress ghosting and flare and increase contrast and color fidelity. Its all metal construction has an ergonomically designed shape and smooth grip that improve upon the Auto Focus and Digital Photo lens series. 

The manual focus will require an experienced hand, so for those who prefer auto focus, the SP line might not be your best choice. Its electronic aperture is also something to note as it lacks manual aperture control for cinematographers. However, the high quality, shallow focus images the lenses do yield could be worth a look for those searching for a cheaper alternative. 

Street price for the Rokinon SP 50mm F1.2 is expected to be $899 and available in April 2018. 

Tech Specs

  • 50mm Special Performance 'SP' 
  • Full Frame 
  • Canon EF
  • Aperture Range: F1.2 - 16
  • 11 Glass Elements in 8 Groups 
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Min Focusing Distance: 1.48' (0.45m)
  • Filter Size: 86mm
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9