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Samyang announces 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens

By dpreview staff on Aug 12, 2011 at 21:48 GMT

Samyang Optics has announced a 24mm F1.4 lens in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Four-thirds mounts. This manual focus lens, with its large f1.4 aperture, is made up of 13 elements in 12 groups including 4 low-dispersion elements (ED). The lens is likely to start shipping by the end of this year at a price to be confirmed.

Press Release:

Samyang 24mm f/1.4

Krakow 12.08.2011: Delta Company, the sole distributor of the Samyang brand for Europe, is proud to inform about the upcoming release of the new Samyang lens 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC.

Optics of the lens has been constructed based on the system of 13 lenses arranged in 12 groups. It should be noted that 4 lenses has been made of the low-dispersion glass (ED), while two another are aspheric lenses. We have also employed multi-layered and anti-reflexive coatings of UMC type adding to the perfect light transmission. Samyang 24 mm F1.4 ED AS UMC has been designed to work with most popular reflex cameras produced by renown manufacturers and equipped with small-image sensors or smaller. The lens will be available with a mount for the following systems: Canon, Four Thirds, Nikon AE, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony Alpha.

24mm focus is tailor-made for most of the sensors available on the market today. In the case of full-frame cameras, it constitutes a high-quality wide-angle lens perfect for street, landscape and architecture shooting. Whereas photographers using DX sensors will get just perfect lens for the purposes of calmer journalist and landscape photography. The lens attached to Four Thirds cameras will create a universal and bright construction corresponding to the 50mm focus.

The lens should be available for sale by the end of the year or at the beginning of 2012. The exact price will be announced at a later date. Soon, we will be able to present sample photos taken with this sophisticated device.

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Total comments: 73
sfnikon
By sfnikon (Mar 3, 2012)

My Rokinon 35/1.4 is excellent. I'll wait on buying the Nikon 24/1.4G until I see how good this Samyang(rokinon) is.

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martinlens
By martinlens (Dec 7, 2011)

Who needs AF ? I have taking pictures for 15 years whit Hasselblad.On a tripod whit mirror lock up and shutter release they are the best pictures i have ever took.

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martinlens
By martinlens (Dec 7, 2011)

I hope they gonna build a 50mm f 1.0 and a 135mm F 1.4.They can do it for a normal price ,or a 200mm f 1.8. If they do that ,i am gonna buy them the same day all 3 off them.

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jl_smith
By jl_smith (Aug 22, 2011)

You would imagine the press releases would have at least a bit more effort done to fix the horrible Korean to English translations :)

I can't wait to slap this on my D7000 for "calmer journalist and landscape photography".

Joking aside, should be awesome - I want a fast ~35mm for my D7k and I think this will fit the bill. Looks a bit heavy and big though.

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Karen Nakamura
By Karen Nakamura (Aug 22, 2011)

Woud've been interested a few months ago, but with Leica announcing its 25mm f/1.4 for the M4/3 (MFT) mount, I'm going with that. They (Leica) even priced it relatively affordably at $1200.

K

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Aug 20, 2011)

guys, can you please at least read the pressrelease before posting questions? 

samyang makes manual focus primes, thats it! 

no, they will never make autofocus full metal superspeed primes not at this pricerange and not at all^^

for me personally this lens is physically do big for a 24 prime, but of course this comes with the speed of the lens, i own the nikon 20 2.8 and 24 2.8, so i guess i will not give it a try unless its super low distortion, which for me counts more than sharpness.

i had the 85 1.4 from samyang and it was extremely nice!

what i would want from samyang are tilt/shift lenses 20 50 105 all in f/2 and all macro hehe

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Arize
By Arize (Aug 16, 2011)

This will make a perfect video lens on a crop sensor. Really looking forward to its release (hopefully at a reasonable price).

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Leo "Zoom"
By Leo "Zoom" (Aug 16, 2011)

When they will start making AF ones??? Not that I can't focus manually, but it is too slow for my kind of work...

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Silvarum
By Silvarum (Aug 16, 2011)

I don't think their lens were made for your kind of work then.

7 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 16, 2011)

Not worrying about AF lets them make simple optical designs that are cheaper (and sharper) and work on any camera mount. I would not expect to see AF lenses ever.

1 upvote
L Bradford
By L Bradford (Aug 15, 2011)

Did anyone posting here read the announcement before posting? Wow.....

2 upvotes
Photogaz
By Photogaz (Aug 15, 2011)

Good to see other brands of lenses. Canon need to pull their finger out.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 16, 2011)

Uh, Canon is already on their second 24mm f1.4 and that came out a while ago.

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newcameralight
By newcameralight (Aug 15, 2011)

Looking at the picture of the lens, I see an analog depth of field scale normally used on the old film camera manual focus lenses. Is this lens auto-focus or manual?

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grafli
By grafli (Aug 15, 2011)

I think all Samyang are Manual Focus and you have to set the aperture manually. That means, you get a dark viewfinder, wenn you set F16 for example ...
But they are very good opticaly and mecanicaly at a very low price!
P.S. Compare it to the new Zeiss lenses, they are also only Manual Focus...

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Aug 15, 2011)

you could at least read the the first two sentences.

8 upvotes
Nate21
By Nate21 (Aug 16, 2011)

some mounts will be chipped for confirmation thou i enjoy the MF superior optics IMHO

0 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (Aug 15, 2011)

Is this crop-camera only?
That means it'll have worse vignetting and corner sharpness than their 35/1.4 (which has zero issues across the crop frame). But it looks smaller, which could be good.

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Ben Ramsey
By Ben Ramsey (Aug 15, 2011)

Third paragraph of the press release.

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CarVac
By CarVac (Aug 16, 2011)

I was reading into the sentence "Samyang 24 mm F1.4 ED AS UMC has been designed to work with most popular reflex cameras produced by renown manufacturers and equipped with small-image sensors or smaller" too much.

Anyway, I realized that later. On another site they gave the angle-of-view specifications, and it included fullframe numbers.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Aug 14, 2011)

not clear if Nikons model will be chipped for focus confirmation

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patoth66
By patoth66 (Aug 14, 2011)

Me sa like!))

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futile32
By futile32 (Aug 14, 2011)

badass

If it comes in at the 35mm price, I'll be picking one up.

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treepop
By treepop (Aug 13, 2011)

Why not have auto focus?

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Aug 15, 2011)

Because Canon and Nikon doesn't play fair, and doesn't share their AF system specs. Companies like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina has to reverse engineer AF system, thats why they often have AF issues. Maybe one day Samyang will reverse engineer the AF system as well.

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Chris Cuennet
By Chris Cuennet (Aug 16, 2011)

that normal Canon and Nikon protects their science:-)... And in the daytime or Samyang will integrate the AF, as far as this AF is of quality as we can have him at Sigma for example, the prices shall increase anyway by 100 % at least...
But well in all the franchising, to have had 85/1.4 and 35/1.4, I agree that for the small price they are on good terms with a very good finish, but the optical qualities compared in Sigma 85/1.4 or with the Canon 35/1.4 are very far backs...

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photoshopuser
By photoshopuser (Aug 13, 2011)

is it as sharp as canon L series lens, nice option here thou. 1.4 is very nice will the price be as nice?

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 13, 2011)

50/1.2 or faster would be pretty fun. As long as its as good or better than the 1.2's from ~30 years ago.

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kevindar
By kevindar (Aug 13, 2011)

I have been eying the canon 24 1.4II. of this lens is priced around 450, and has the performance of the 35 1.4, and 14 2.8, I would certainly purchase it.

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mikeysdigitalphotography
By mikeysdigitalphotography (Aug 13, 2011)

wow great stuff..just what i need thanks

mike

http://mikeysdigitalphotography.com

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Photato
By Photato (Aug 13, 2011)

This is exactly the lens I've been waiting for.
Great for video in a crop format camera like my Canon 60D.

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compositor20
By compositor20 (Aug 13, 2011)

it is important for m43 for video and for stills too

24mm is one of the universal focal lenghts (the other is 50mm) for aps-c FF and m43 so if it costs 250 euros and has good quality like the 95mm version it will sell well.... if somehow i bought i will buy it in sony A mount and convert to m43 when needed ;) since in ful frame 24mm f1.4 lenses are very expensive)

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Chris Cuennet
By Chris Cuennet (Aug 13, 2011)

To have had 85mm / 1.4 and 35mm / 1.4, Samyang is a manufacturer just interesting at the level of the prices, to see also on the finish which is excellent but beyond that at the level performances, nothing that 85mm, the Sigma crushes him literally this even if it is 4x more expensively: the dive is 3x superior, AF HSM and not of MF... Furthermore if really we want to taste the bright quality without hurting too much its money, 85mm there is 85mm / 1.8 so much to Canon that at Nikon who are cheap and who are excellent.... At the level of 24mm, gives her is different because Nikon and Canon are extremely expensive, but it also depends on what we look, what is safe it is that Samyang will be far from the quality of the Canon and Nikon and it's worth buying one 24mm / 1.4 if it is to have to close in 2.8 minimum to have a correct neatness while all the manufacturers propose 24mm / 2.8 by dear without forgetting 24mm / 1.8 of Sigma which is rather very good... Samyang = Boofff

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Hanhya
By Hanhya (Aug 13, 2011)

Hurray!!! the last i need ^^

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LensLineup
By LensLineup (Aug 13, 2011)

how very very cool, so now we have:
- 24/1.4
- 35/1.4
- 85/1.4

(waits patiently for the 50/1.0)

4 upvotes
waxwaine
By waxwaine (Aug 13, 2011)

Wake up Sony, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, etc. Samyang is pleasing cam users with succes

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 13, 2011)

You think Samyang sells even 1/100 of what Canon or Nikon sells in a year? Unlikely.

The big companies satisfy the vast majority and thankfully there are some niche players to fill in the small gaps. But most would still rather get a slightly slower AF lens from their main brands.

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LensLineup
By LensLineup (Aug 13, 2011)

glad I don't own your camera shop! You really think there are 100x more sales of the Nikon AF 35/1.4 than the Samyang ... the Samyang 35/1.4 is selling for around the price of the 35/2

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Kiril Karaatanasov
By Kiril Karaatanasov (Aug 13, 2011)

My thinking was that 35/1.8 is the sales champion.

D700 and the other full frames are still very unpopular niche seriously overpriced products. Why bother buying the vastly expensive full frame lenses when there are cheaper and not so bad crop/DX lenses.

I do agree thought that Samyang probably sells 10 to 100 times less lenses than nikon or canon in a year. 35/1.4, 85/1.4 are niche products too. 24/1.4 is actually beyond this it is obscure product. Think how many 85/1.8 or 50/1.8 or 50/1.4 or 18-55s or 17-50 lens are out there and now think if the ultra bright manual focus quite humongous lens sell all that well.

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Infared
By Infared (Aug 13, 2011)

This lens has no focus confirmation in the camera ...correct? i.e. there is no electronic coupling of any kind...that is my understand. Can anyone help me out here. If this lens is sharp....AND it sells for $500...that is really a reasonable price. No doubt. (IF it is sharp)

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viking79
By viking79 (Aug 13, 2011)

I would expect a price around $1000. It is a 24mm f/1.4 and the 35mm f/1.4 sells for $500. 24mm is more complicated to make. The difference between the Nikon 24 and 35mm f/1.4 is by about a factor of two (about $2200 vs $1200 retail). The 35mm has superb image quality. If this follows the same pattern I am sure it will be a good value lens.

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viking79
By viking79 (Aug 13, 2011)

And to add, on my Nikon I can use any of the focus points for confirmation with my chipped 35mm f/1.4 by Samyang (the AE version for Nikon). Pentax also works fine for focus confirmation. Not sure if it will work for Canon that way or not.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 13, 2011)

Nikon's new 35mm f1.4 is about $1600 and their 24mm is $2000

For Canon, it is $1500 and $1700

For Sony Zeiss it is $1300 and 1200, but the 24mm is f2.

So I don't agree with factor of 2. Maybe 1.25 at most.

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001FJ
By 001FJ (Aug 13, 2011)

It won't auto focus but it will have focus confirmation. Focus confirmation is a feature of your camera not the lens. See your camera's user manual for 'focus indicator'. I have a 50 years old lens that my D700 still confirm focus with it, even though it's a manual focusing lens.

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seta666
By seta666 (Aug 13, 2011)

To get AF confirm with canon buy a Nikon mount lens and then a AF confirm EOS-Nikkon adapter on ebay

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viking79
By viking79 (Aug 13, 2011)

Sorry, I was looking at the wrong 35mm f/1.4 (the old version, not the G). So you are right, $1800 vs $2200 so probably $700 or so for a Chipped Nikon version.

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ScottieC
By ScottieC (Aug 13, 2011)

Still waiting on the big two to jump in the bandwagon.

I'm thinking of getting a 4/3rd myself...

So, we should get a review from DPR right....

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Humboldt Jim
By Humboldt Jim (Aug 13, 2011)

Putting a 4/3 mount on this lens seems a bit silly. Why a big, heavy, complex and expensive "normal" lens on a 4/3 camera? An f 1.4 24 mm lens for 4/3 can be simpler, lighter, less expensive and perform just as well.

HJ

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 13, 2011)

Because they already put it all the work to make it big for Canon and Nikon FF. So making it available for 4/3 and anything else is just a matter of slapping a new mount on the back. Next to zero cost. Making a specialized lens for 4/3 would require lots more R+D.

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JensR
By JensR (Aug 14, 2011)

Buying an SLR version and an adapter probably makes more sense for owners of mirrorless cameras. Resale value, flexibility.

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f8pc
By f8pc (Aug 12, 2011)

Any guesses on price?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 13, 2011)

The 35mm f1.4 is about $500 so I would say that's in the same ballpark.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Aug 12, 2011)

I shoot at ƒ8. Why are camera lense makers so obsessed with these high priced fast lenses? I need performance, if I want more speed I'll jack the ISO. "small-image sensors or smaller" WTF does that mean????

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f8pc
By f8pc (Aug 12, 2011)

Because not everyone has the luxury of shooting f/8 all the time. You ever shoot in anything but bright daylight? Inside of an old church during the ceremony of a wedding? Ever want shallow depth of field?

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RobJWat
By RobJWat (Aug 12, 2011)

I agree. With so many good large-format sensors out there, do we really need f/1.4 any more? I'd rather have lower-priced good lenses than higher priced fast lenses.

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nelsonal
By nelsonal (Aug 13, 2011)

The good slow lenses are generally zooms. Think Nikon's 16-85. The image quality is very good. What reason is there to buy most primes other than speed/distortion?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 13, 2011)

These lenses are cheap. The Canon 24L is $1800. This will likely be under $500. Nobody wants to spend money on an F8 prime because many zooms are just as sharp at that aperture.

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Joesiv
By Joesiv (Aug 13, 2011)

Rob, FF sensors still have a limit on how high you can crank the ISO, in low light having extra stops of light is always nicer. Besides, why shoot at ISO3200 when you can open up the lens and shoot at ISO800? Especially when subject isolation is a positive.

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7enderbender
By 7enderbender (Aug 13, 2011)

Because the availability of fast primes is the most important reason for even having an SLR (or similar). For everything else you can take a good point and shoot and call it a day. Cranking up ISO will not give me shallow depth of field. Hence the "obsession".

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ausfarmerjoe
By ausfarmerjoe (Aug 13, 2011)

Anyone who's opening comment is "I shoot at f/8" can't really be taken seriously can they? ....Is like saying "I drive a '73 Ford Pinto why would anyone need more than 54 bhp in a car?"...anyhow.. I do agree the ed. pinched the following straight from the Samyang promo material ( written in CHINGLISH....)

"Samyang 24 mm F1.4 ED AS UMC has been designed to work with most popular reflex cameras produced by renown manufacturers and equipped with small-image sensors or smaller"

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Aug 13, 2011)

Ouch ! What a question to ask ! And here I am finding f2.8 lenses too slow ! I shoot a bit of weddings and I simply hate using flash so fast lenses are the norm. I have given up mostly on zoom lenses as high ISO performance of modern sensors is good w.r.t. to noise performance but dynamic range, colour fidelity are all compromised.

f1.4 allows me to use ISO 400 and below for most shots which is what I want. f2.8 means I have to use ISO 1600 instead all the time.

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mais51
By mais51 (Aug 13, 2011)

I notice a bit of cheekiness in the OP post - and I don't think it warrants an serious response

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yuyucheu
By yuyucheu (Aug 12, 2011)

i get canon 24-105mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8, 90-300mm, 28-70mm. think i enout for me.

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Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Aug 12, 2011)

People used fast lenses long before AF became available. Should be just fine!

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Aug 12, 2011)

What good is a real fast lens (f/1.4) with a manual focus lens? It's not easy to get manual focus right wide open with such a wide aperture. I would not buy this kind of lens.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Aug 12, 2011)

its super easy to focus on mirrorless cameras as long as the focus ring is smooth. i use a nikon 24/1.4 on a NEX5 all the time, its easy peasy to focus.

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Jamesphotographer
By Jamesphotographer (Aug 12, 2011)

As far as the optical performance is not designed for AF FX camera, it is too difficult to focus. Cosmetically, the orange colour band of the barrel ring is too urgly, I don't buy it. It should be replaced by a golden colour band like Nikon and Tamron.

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keith james taylor
By keith james taylor (Aug 13, 2011)

I prefer looking through a lens and not at it but if itis important for one to be a photographer rather than take photographs you have a point

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 13, 2011)

Samyang has had great success with the 35 and 85mm f1.4 lenses already, so that proves plenty of people are willing to forgo AF for a sharp FF lens with a reasonable price.

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kadarpik
By kadarpik (Aug 13, 2011)

I like Samyang and the optical quality they provide. For Pentax they provide A lens and it records also Aperture in EXIF - no need to turn aperture ring from lens. So I do not see any difference except manual focusing which is easy with focus confirmation and sometimes with live view. I do not think they are niche player, quite many of us have at least one SAMYANG quite soon. You just do not need 14 mm every day and no zoom lens can provide the quality at wide angle areas.

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DarkShift
By DarkShift (Aug 15, 2011)

I've always thought the consensus was that focusing would be easier with larger aperture ;)

1) There's more light coming to into your eyes throught the lens
2) More visual contrast between areas in and out of focus.

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Aug 12, 2011)

If this lens is just as good as the 35 1.4, then it should be a good seller

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DarkShift
By DarkShift (Aug 15, 2011)

Sort of agree, but manual aperture and manual focus will surely limit usefullness of that lens in many situations.

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Total comments: 73