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Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 fish-eye for Micro Four Thirds coming soon

By dpreview staff on Sep 5, 2011 at 21:59 GMT

The European distributor of Korean lens maker Samyang has announced the price and availability of its 7.5mm fish-eye lens for Micro Four Thirds. The Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT will be available from the middle of September at a recommended selling price of €299. The lens offers a 180° diagonal field-of-view and will be available in black and silver. The company says it will be the first in a range of lenses designed specifically for the Micro Four Thirds system.

Press Release:

Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT

Release date and estimated retail price

Kraków, September 5th 2011 – Delta company, the exclusive representative and distributor
of Samyang Optics in Europe, is proud to report that the lens announced in March, Samyang
7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT will be available from the middle of September this year. The
lens will be available in two colour versions: silver and black. Estimated retail price is EUR 299.
Panoramic photography with Samyang fish-eye lens

Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT offers an exceptionally wide angle of view, up to 180
degrees diagonally, which makes it a very useful tool for making panoramic photographs. You can
enjoy the example panoramic photos in the form of a virtual tour around Krakow on our specially
created website: www.samyang.pl/75mft All these panoramic photographs were taken with
Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 Fish-eye UMC MFT and PEN Olympus E-P1.

Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is an ultra-wide-angle manual lens with 7.5 millimetre
focal length and 1:3.5 aperture ratio, providing 180 degree angle of view. Despite its small size,
the new Samyang successfully combines the best features of the popular model with 8 mm focal
length offering highest quality optics closed in a compact and visually attractive casing. Samyang
7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is the first model from the new family of lenses developed
specifically for Micro Four Thirds system.

Find out more about Samyang products on our website:
www.samyang.pl

Comments

Total comments: 51
Insener
By Insener (Sep 18, 2011)

Can someone explain how Samyang 7.5mm will work with my GH2? Do I have to switch to “Shoot with Lens Off” everytime I attach lens on? Do I get it right, that only A and M modes would work with manual lenses, so it’s full manual focus lens, not just only manual focus lens

Interesting, how is video capturing would work with it, would system adjust shutter speed?

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zebarnabe
By zebarnabe (Aug 21, 2012)

Can someone explain how Samyang 7.5mm will work with my GH2? Do I have to switch to “Shoot with Lens Off” everytime I attach lens on?

You can leave it toggled.

Do I get it right, that only A and M modes would work with manual lenses, so it’s full manual focus lens, not just only manual focus lens.

A mode won't work as you have no way of telling the aperture to the camera. S mode should work, camera exposure meter will work fine. Only focus and aperture control must be manual

Interesting, how is video capturing would work with it, would system adjust shutter speed?

You can force the shutter speed, camera will adjust the ISO (and you can compensate with aperture), if anything camera will adjust exposure using shutter speed and ISO, only aperture is really out of the equation for the camera to work with. Remember that in video restrictions are tighter.

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jimrockfordIII
By jimrockfordIII (Sep 9, 2011)

I see some posters say they dont need another fisheye lens but fisheye lens are always expensiv, this one is quite reasonable, it is tempting enough to make me consider buying a second hand m4/3 camera

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CAClark
By CAClark (Sep 7, 2011)

So this would be effectively a 15mm diag fisheye? I used to use the 15mm Sigma on my old APSc so this would be similar, but a little wider..... I'm liking this, and the news of more MFT lenses to come

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tmy781
By tmy781 (Jun 22, 2012)

A 15mm on apsc is a 22mm on 35mm, the samyang on a m4/3 is a 15mm eq...

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Zebooka
By Zebooka (Sep 7, 2011)

Will it have stereographic projection (like Samyang 8/3.5) or standart one?

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zebarnabe
By zebarnabe (Aug 21, 2012)

It is near-stereographic projection.

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stevez
By stevez (Sep 6, 2011)

A welcome addition for sure. Would have been nice to see a DOF scale.

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Jojakim
By Jojakim (Sep 6, 2011)

DOF on a wide angle is always large, especially on a micro4/3 lens, so a scale would be pretty useless.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul

Why not have DOF scale??? :(

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Sep 6, 2011)

... because with f/4 focused to 1m everything from 0,5m to infinity is in focus. In practical terms your DOF is unlimited unless you go for macro

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tulo
By tulo (Sep 6, 2011)

"...the first model from the new family of lenses developed
specifically for Micro Four Thirds system."

interesting!

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Bilgy_no1
By Bilgy_no1 (Sep 6, 2011)

I hope that Olympus and Panasonic will start sharing the AF-protocols with 3rd party lens manufacturers (under license if necessary to protect IP). At the very least, these lenses should be allowed to communicate FL, Aperture value to the body. Triggering MF magnification like the Olympus/Panasonic lenses would already help a lot.

I know that Samyang have not made any AF lenses so far, but others like Sigma will also be joining the m4/3 game. If lenses like this 7.5mm FE and the 25mm f/0.95 Nokton can provide better electronic integration and operation, it will make the whole m4/3 system even more appealing.

As for this lens, it looks great!

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thanawatb
By thanawatb (Sep 6, 2011)

Agree with u.

4/3 choose let out same Lens control system.

to be DSLR rival.

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Sep 6, 2011)

Do you actually know that Oly/Pana aren't sharing?

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atphoto
By atphoto (Sep 6, 2011)

There were old news about the preparation of M4/3 and E-mount lenses by Sigma. I think the problem is that the manufacturers (esp. Pana) want a high profit margin on their own lenses rather than price competition like APS and FF lenses. It may need high license fee for manufacturing by 3rd party if they want to use the patented CDAF technology even other companies want to make lenses for M4/3 and E-mount.

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StephenL
By StephenL (Sep 6, 2011)

Not a great fan of fish-eye lenses, but I'm very happy to see another brand of lens coming into the m4/3 market.

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (Sep 6, 2011)

For some people, this ist an interesting product no doubt, an the maker deserves applause.
Nevertheless I should much more like to see a fixed focus near-pancake for m4/3 somewhere between 9 and 11 mm, reasonably fast. I would clearly prefer this over some wideangle zoom such as the 9-18 mm

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 6, 2011)

Why fixed focus?

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Sep 6, 2011)

I agree. Aside from the larger size of zoom lenses, wide angle zooms are simply not as good as fixed focal length lenses. The Nikon 14-24 has proven this doesn't have to be the case but it is the only exception I'm aware of. And, being that these are small sensor cameras they really need the best possible lenses.

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FlashInThePan
By FlashInThePan (Sep 6, 2011)

I can think of quite a few excellent wide angle zooms: the Tokina 11-16 would be one of them, as well as the Olympus 11-22.

From what I've seen, the new 12/2 is not optically better than the good old 11-22. It is much smaller, though, and has faster AF on mft.

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CAClark
By CAClark (Sep 7, 2011)

Iused to defish my sigma 15mm years back with PTLens, was a fantastic super wide lens that way, albeit that you would struggle to always be certain what parts were going to be lost.

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (Sep 6, 2011)

I stand by my original post. Counting out "stupid adapters", m43 does have 3 fish-eye lenses:

Panasonic 8/3.5
Samyang 7.5/3.5
Olympus 8/3.5 (can be used on m43 via adapters from Olympus and Panasonic)

m43 does NOT have a inexpensive 50/1.8 option:

Olympus 45/1.8 - $400
vs
Canon 50/1.8 - $120
Sony 50/1.8 - $150
Nikon 50/1.8 - $125

On average the new Olympus 45/1.8 is three times more expensive than the competition. Olympus (and Pentax for that matter) should think hard about this omission. It's a real turn-off for customers on a tight budget who are interested in portrait photography.

Prog.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 6, 2011)

Those 50s on APS are a little shorter than the 45 on a 4/3rds sensor, they're also all poor quality wide open which doesn't really make them good portrait lenses.

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nanoer
By nanoer (Sep 6, 2011)

Agree. Usually, the optical lens is the most expensive component in a camera system due to the long grinding/processing time to make it. Besides making the system smaller, one major purpose of the 43rd format is to reduce the lens diameter so that the processing time and the cost can be minimized...But...It seems that they are going into the opposite way though!

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FlashInThePan
By FlashInThePan (Sep 6, 2011)

I doubt we will ever see native mft lenses in the $120 range.

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flipmac
By flipmac (Sep 7, 2011)

All those 50/1.8 you listed are simple/old designs with 6 elements. They also are very soft wide open - I've used the Canon 50/1.8 a lot and wouldn't go to f1.8 unless I have to.

The new Nikon 50mm 1.8G is $220 with 7 elements. The Sony E 50mm 1.8 OSS is $300. While I agree the Oly 45/1.8 is not cheap, its not crazy either especially that it has 9 elements and is internally focusing. Samples and early reviews shows that the 45/1.8 has really good IQ even at f1.8.

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Michael T
By Michael T (Sep 6, 2011)

Smart move from Samyang to enter the m43 market before those bigger lens companies. And we are happy to see more 3rd party lens choice for m43. Most of the lens from O & P are relatively expensive.

Remember saw somewhere Sigma is going to produce lens for m43 but seems nothing realized. Am I right? Hope to see more activities of lens after so many exciting new m43 cameras launched to the market.

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CAClark
By CAClark (Sep 7, 2011)

Yes, I have been eagerly waiting for something from Sigma after a press release many months back too.

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CAClark
By CAClark (Sep 7, 2011)

Yes, I have been eagerly waiting for something from Sigma after a press release many months back too.

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Klarno
By Klarno (Sep 6, 2011)

Assuming the usual pattern of price in euros when sold in Europe = price in USD when sold in the US, I can totally get behind that price.

For something that would for me most likely only end up being a toy to play with, I can justify $299 on Samyang's fisheye a heck of a lot more easily than I can justify $650 on Panasonic's fisheye.

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Aidan Jaros Grilli
By Aidan Jaros Grilli (Sep 6, 2011)

I want one!!!!

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (Sep 6, 2011)

Great. m43 now has 3 (yes, three) fish-eye lenses. It makes so much more sense than to introduce an inexpensive 50/1.8 lens like the ones sold by Nikon, Canon and Sony. After all, what would you possibly do with such a lens on a x2 crop system like m43? A fast 100mm-equiv lens? Useless!

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Sep 6, 2011)

It has two.

If you say it has three then you may as well say that there's already hundreds of fast 50mm for m43 as well... After all, an adapter is an adapter :/

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 6, 2011)

i think Prognathous is also counting the olympus fish-eye adapter that fits on to the 14-42 mk2

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 6, 2011)

there is also the Russian Peleng 8mm sold on ebay as well

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Joele
By Joele (Sep 6, 2011)

The peleng is just an adapted lens and the fisheye adapter is just a cheap adapter...

I think there is place for this lens as I for one (I am not alone) intend on buying this as the Panasonic 8mm fisheye is WAY too expensive..

As for fast 50mm well do you want actual 50mm or the FOV of a 50mm??? You have a 20/1.7 and 25/1.4 and for actual 50mm (so 75mm FOV) strange FOV really but we have one too in the 45/1.8 from Oly....

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Joele
By Joele (Sep 6, 2011)

sorry 100mm equiv. and yes still oly has announced that already and pre-orers are being taken...

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Sep 5, 2011)

would be nice if they made a 7.5mm non-fisheye lens

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Sep 6, 2011)

+1 - I'm hoping Voigtlander will release an m43 version of their M-mount 12mm lens at some point :)

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CarlPH
By CarlPH (Sep 6, 2011)

My thoughts exactly..its the one thing M43 users need, a reasonably priced wide angle lens

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 6, 2011)

^ the 14mm f2.5 pancake is pretty cheap these days

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Sep 6, 2011)

Big difference between the 14/f2.5 and something like a 6mm wide-angle...

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christophbodner
By christophbodner (Sep 6, 2011)

There is a software which does "fisheye distortion correction", see
http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/
Click examples and scroll down. This way, we could use a fisheye lens for extreme wide angle shooting. Unfortunately, the adjusted output is only a panorama, i.e. we would lose the 4:3 aspect ratio.

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datiswous
By datiswous (May 2, 2012)

Or you can use Fisheye-Hemi together with Photoshop or Apple Aperture. It seems also possible with the free Hugin software:
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/architectural/en.shtml

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makofoto
By makofoto (Sep 5, 2011)

I use an inexpensive 170 degree GoPro as my full frame fish eye camera:

http://public.fotki.com/makofoto/work/gopro-hd-hero-still/

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Meuh
By Meuh (Sep 5, 2011)

looks nice and very small..
I wonder if it still renders the same as the bigger version. Ie.. things keep there 3d shape.

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 5, 2011)

nope it doesn't many samyang lens wouldn't support autofocus

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LensLineup
By LensLineup (Sep 5, 2011)

fisheye are very well suited to manual focus, there is sooooo much depth of field that while yes you do need to focus you really don't need to be that acurate and pop it at f/8 and pretty much the whole world is in focus

I can actually see picking up an old PEN model (E-PL1 or E-PL2) and this manual focus fisheye could be an alternative to taking a fisheye for another camera system. Like having a Nikon or Canon dSLR for normal photography and instead of getting a Canon or Nikon mount fisheye, just grab a PEN and this little Samyang - always ready mounted.

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Peter Zoltan
By Peter Zoltan (Sep 5, 2011)

can it auto-focus? If not - how much need do you have for autofocus on a fish-eye...especially if there is focus range indication on the lens (such as on this lens)

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 5, 2011)

awesome this is a great lens addition for the micro 4/3rd system i was going to purchase another fisheye lens but samyang optics have been pretty good since its introduction. While other companies have been delaying new lens road maps im happy to hear that a company is introducing lens to fill the system.

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Total comments: 51