Cheap and Quirky No More, Samyang Is Starting To Become an Affordable Manual-Focus Lens Specialist
Just a few years ago, Samyang is nothing more to most photographers than some obscure Korean company making cheap 500mm mirror-reflex lenses and long telephoto preset lenses on eBay and Amazon. It’s commonly sold under the brand Rokinon as well, to appeal to the West.
After the relative success of their manual focus 85mm f/1.4 prime lens, the 35mm f/1.4, 8mm f/2.8 fish eye, and 14mm f/2.8 they’ve ventured in to more focal lengths that are simply too costly to purchase from bigger name companies like Canon, Nikon, Zeiss, and the like.
Depth of Field Manipulation On a Budget!
Tilt-shift lenses gained their popularity with the masses when Lensbaby released their selective focus lenses. Those however, are not true tilt-shift lenses as they cannot correct or alter perspective, they only provide selective focus.
Tilt-shift lenses can change and correct perspectives on images, removing leaning verticals or diminishing scale in images as well as provide utmost control in depth-of-field without stopping down the lens as much as you do with normal lenses.
The Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax mounts. Since this is a purely manual focus lens, offering multiple mounts is considerably easier for Samyang.
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Press Release
Samyang Optics is to release a new lens with perspective control function – the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC. The official product presentation will take place on September 18th, during Photokina 2012 which is held in Cologne.
The Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC is a wide-angle, full-frame lens fitted with the perspective control and tilt-shift functions. Its unique optical and mechanical construction makes it an ideal tool for architecture and landscape photography.
The product is extremely useful to correct convergence of lines and perspective control. The optical tilt mechanisms enable precise control of depth of focus along with perspective control which can also be used for creative photography and perspective exaggeration, enabling photographers to shape the image according to their individual needs. Suitable for both digital and analogue film formats.
Optical design of the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC comprises sixteen lenses arranged in eleven groups, including two aspherical lenses and two Extra Dispersion (ED) lenses.
These elements enable the lens to perfectly reproduce detailed elements and provide superior optical performance even when using the tilt and shift (T-S) functionality. Furthermore, each optical component has been covered with multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coatings, which provide superb light transmission, high contrast and natural colours.
With sophisticated optics and developed T-S function, the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC is currently the most advanced lens produced by Samyang Optics.
Tilt-Shift function in the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC allows for smooth and fine adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-8.5 and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12 mm.
To make Tilt-Shift function even more seamless, both the lens mount and the Tilt-Shift section may be rotated on the optical axis. The Tilt-Shift section may be rotated left by 90 degrees (with 30 degree adjustment), while mount of the lens may be rotated both in left and right direction by 90 degrees (with 30 degree adjustment).
Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC will be available later this year in the following mounts; Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax and Sony A. Pricing is to be announced.