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Samyang creates 8mm F2.8 fish-eye lens for Sony NEX and Samsung NX

By dpreview staff on Jun 11, 2012 at 01:23 GMT

Samyang has announced an 8mm F2.8 fish-eye lens for Samsung NX and the Sony E-mount used on its NEX mirrorless cameras. The 8mm F2.8 version comes in addition to the existing F3.5 fish-eye intended for the NEX VG10 camcorder. The F2.8 features ten lens elements in eight groups (rather than the F3.5's 10/7 design), including one aspherical element and two ED (extra low dispersion glass) elements. Pricing and availability details have not yet been announced.


Press Release

Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye

Krakow, June 11th 2012  - Samyang Optics proudly informs that by the end of June we will release the newest Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye lens tailored for Sony NEX and Samsung NX cameras.

Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye is currently the smallest and the brightest Fish-eye lens compatible with compact cameras featuring APS-C sensor. It perfectly combines high optical value, impressive lens speed and exceptionally compact sizes.  

Its sophisticated optical construction relies on the system of 10 lenses arranged in 8 groups. They include, among others, one aspherical (AS) lens and two lenses made of extra low dispersion glass (ED). This provides perfect sharpness for the entire field of view and maximum aperture of f/2.8. Obviously all surfaces of the lenses were covered with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings adding to the high contrast and splendid light transmission.

Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye will be marketed with Sony E (NEX) and Samsung NX mount. In both cases its maximum angle of view will amount to 180 degree, with the minimum focusing distance of 0.3 meters.

Release date and the expected price will be separately announced on a later date.

Comments

Total comments: 38
jackgreen
By jackgreen (Jun 14, 2012)

My Samyang in front of GX1
http://500px.com/photo/8535625

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rich889
By rich889 (Jun 13, 2012)

Sony does make the Sony DT 11-18mm f4.5-5.6 wide-angle zoom Alpha lens that will fit the NEX cameras via their LA-EA2 adapter. Although a costly solution (the LA-EA2 Alpha to NEX adapter is roughly $350) is does provide another route to AF lenses (Sony and Zeiss) on the NEX. The 11-18 becomes the equivalent of a 16.5-27mm zoom.

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zoozig
By zoozig (Jul 8, 2012)

I agree, the LA-EA2 is costly, but it transforms your good NEX into a great one. I got tired of waiting for the E-mount Zeiss to become available in the stores so I got the AL-EA2 and a 16-80 Zeiss and wow! The focus speed and accuracy even in dark rooms is something. Sure the camea gets bigger but it looks a lot "sexier" as well. You make a very good point. Too many people complain about the lack of quality lenses without even thinking of the possibilities the LA-EA2 opens.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Jun 12, 2012)

Why are there only fish eyes and then 24m (equiv) and up lenses for NX system? I like the NX-20 but I can't find a good wide angle zoom? Is there a good quality 10-20 for NX with OIS? The 18-55 kit lens for the NX-20 may have good optics but the zoom feels like garbage quality.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Jun 12, 2012)

8mm Ultrawide, please.

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timedrun
By timedrun (Jun 12, 2012)

I don't know if it's me being stupid, but although I see mention that the lens is small I can't seem to see any dimensions. Anyone got any sizes?

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Diopter
By Diopter (Jun 12, 2012)

Another frivolous release for the NEX starving for more useful lenses.
:-(

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jun 12, 2012)

So, the fisheye 8mm/3.5 was not enough? They'd better produce a rectilinear prime with those specs.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 12, 2012)

The lens packs a lot of hardware into a small size. The diagram makes it look almost empty but the cutaway show how packed it is.

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lajka
By lajka (Jun 12, 2012)

FTW. Samyang as you see up till now, doesn`t make zooms. It`s Tokina you should pray to. Actually Sigma makes one, the 10-20. Should it be top quality may I recommend Cooke, Angenieux or Zeiss. These boys make lense for super 35 format which is close to APS-C. I just can immagine such one f.ex. Cooke 10-20/2.8, weight 5 pound price 50.000$. Start working FTW.

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FTW
By FTW (Jun 14, 2012)

I can afford a 50000$ lens, that is not the point. The point is what you need and want to spend for it. I do not need fish-eye, I have one in my Nikon systems if I need such a shot and NX redresses the picture perfectly. The Zeiss 24 is a wonderful lens, but, who needs 24. That is well done in portrait shooting, but not a useful idea. I have 17-85 Nikon, 12-24 Tokina, 12-24 Sigma, 11-16 Tokina, on the Nikon/Fuji systems, but for Nex i need an adapter since no correct lenses are available. Sigma made a 19 mm that is quiet good, but why 19, why not 14 flat wide angle, why a 30-2.8 and not a 30-1.4, why could Sony or Zeiss not make a 12-24 or a 10-20, they are old hares in that business and know how to do it. I see from Sony only useless things, a 50lens, who needs that on an apsc. A crappy 30mm, instead of a high value 1.4 -35 mm, a new 18-200 made by Tamron for 750$ that can not reach the water to the 18-200 video lens they have and is just 100$ away from the "new" crappy one.

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FTW
By FTW (Jun 14, 2012)

Sony has to start studying the market. They lose money, but look how many crap they made, sometimes huge things that, once sold, where discontinued and those who bought it are sucked. And then, the prices, wow, Sony is a champion in pricing. So, let us live with hope, use third party lenses with adapters, fortunately the NEX system is flexible, but, building a system that needs adapters and other people's lenses is another way to collect lorries on other manufacturers back.
Sony really needs to listen to their customers and do something, includes that f.....g video button issue on the NEX-7

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FTW
By FTW (Jun 12, 2012)

I await a correct top quality zoom, 10 to 20 mm or 12 to 24 for NEX, not a fisheye.

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Jun 12, 2012)

Silly me. I was just wondering why Samyang were wasting their time making lenses for a dead system that has no lenses when the penny dropped...

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JWest
By JWest (Jun 12, 2012)

Sony NEX might not have many lenses, but it's hardly a dead system. ;)

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 12, 2012)

Is this 8mm f/2.8 not a lens?

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kapanak
By kapanak (Jun 12, 2012)

I hope that was sarcasm. Otherwise, you are severely ignorant.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Jun 12, 2012)

The fastest growing system is dead? What kind of logic is that?

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Promit
By Promit (Jun 13, 2012)

Fastest growing system? No. Fastest selling system camera, maybe. But the rest of the *system* is niche. Which is fair, I suppose... the common tale is that very few people ever buy lenses other than the kit zoom, and the NEX is a great kit zoom auto setting camera. Just look elsewhere if you want a good camera system.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jun 13, 2012)

Don't know if you're silly, but your comment sure was. Sony, with NEX, and their phenomenally good sensors that m43 users can only dream of, is innovating at a rapid pace. Samsung is a newer player, but they've been building some wonderful cameras and lenses for a while now. Clearly lens makers have noticed.

Samyang has already offers the 8 3.5 Fisheye but also have an excellent 7.5 3.5 Fish that they made for m43. It's was likely trivial to make it brighter and create a new mount for it.

But honestly, your comment just sounds like m43 fanboy trolling.

@Promit You're discounting the countless video shooters using NEX as well as users with stacks of Leica glass looking for a small APS-C body. The NEX E-mount is the very best for adapting MF lenses, so for many there is no need to look anywhere else. They make cameras with superb IQ, class leading sensors, LCDs and EVFs. Clearly the camera giant Sony is far from being a niche player.

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Promit
By Promit (Jun 13, 2012)

You're pretty much proving my point. Adapted manual lenses is a perfectly fine thing to do, but you're not buying into the E system at that point. You're just buying a camera body which happens to be a very good platform for manual lenses as long as you don't need stabilization. I'm not discounting the video shooters or the Leica glass shooters at all; in fact they're kinda central to what I said.

The camera bodies are hot sellers, but the E system as a whole is not. (Although I'll openly admit that the Zeiss 24mm sales are way higher than I expected.) Maybe that will change in a year or two.

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FTW
By FTW (Jun 14, 2012)

Make lenses for it, it awaits only that, and copy the system in a slight bigger size with FF chips, that would be the big deal. And, hell of a Christ sick, MAKE LENSES for it. WE NEED LENSES, is that so hard to understand, SONY?

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FTW
By FTW (Jun 14, 2012)

In a year or two there is other stuff, then our NEX is old fashion. It's here and now, not in two years. Don't think that way, if you die in 2 minutes you wasted your time.

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lajka
By lajka (Jun 12, 2012)

Hej Samyang. Why not a model in Leica M-mount so we can use it with adapters on: Ricoh GRX, Fuji-Pro, Sony Nex, without need of buying a lens for each model. Or maybe that`s what you want? You can still make one for Samsung since it`s korean and it`s mount not allowing m-adopters is hopeless.

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lajka
By lajka (Jun 12, 2012)

Actually, to simplify the problem, you can settle on 39 screw mount, cheaper and even more universal. C`mon Samyang, you can do it.

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audijam
By audijam (Jun 12, 2012)

if you can afford a Leica why would you settle for a Samyang?! like...put $20,000 rims on a Hyundai Accent????????

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lajka
By lajka (Jun 14, 2012)

audijam. Have you heard about Bessas, Zorkis, Feds. These are film models that can be had for 50 bucks up. Beside the fact that Leica doesn`t make one. Finally, I do have Leica, it`s 20 years old M6 and you probably had in mind Leica Monochrom which I can only dream of possesing, which I don`t.

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John
By John (Jun 12, 2012)

better look closely Sean, the alpha lens is much larger than this one. Still works well but is twice the size. I have this model for my m4/3 Panasonic and it works quite well.

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (Jun 12, 2012)

Hi - is it still fish eye on the m4/3 ?

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Vasyl Tsvirkunov
By Vasyl Tsvirkunov (Jun 12, 2012)

Valentinian: fish eye is fish eys, no matter what crop factor it is. This particular announcement does not mention m4/3. There is Samyang m43 7.5/3.5, would not mind getting to 6mm though - if you go extreme might as well go all way. 2.8 is not really that necessary for fisheye, DoF is nearly meaningless at those focal distances, nice nevertheless.

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kingsix87
By kingsix87 (Jun 12, 2012)

Large aperture in fish eye lenses is not for DoF, but for speed :)

PS. I hope the price is closer to Samyang 8mm f/3.5

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Jun 12, 2012)

Valentinain, Samyang do a native MFT fisheye.

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pcblade
By pcblade (Jun 12, 2012)

Silly you. I was just wondering why Samyang were wasting their time making lenses for a dead system ;-)

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flipmac
By flipmac (Jun 12, 2012)

Thought this came out a few months ago (as Rokinon) see: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/02/13/review-rokinon-8mm-f2-8-fisheye-sony-nex/

Anyway, good to see more lenses for the NEX, even if it's a somewhat specialized fisheye lens.

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Olga Celle
By Olga Celle (Sep 21, 2012)

I read that review. Not a bad one but the lens is tested on a NEX 5.
A customer who bought this lens forhis NEX 7 complained about some problems at the edges of the photo---see review in B&H
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/876970-REG/Rokinon_28fe8bk_se_8mm_f_2_8_UMC_Fish_Eye.html

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 12, 2012)

does this lens fill the frame up, or does it project a cricle onto the imager??

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Vasyl Tsvirkunov
By Vasyl Tsvirkunov (Jun 12, 2012)

8mm fish is pretty much the exact frame on APS-C and complete circle on FF. To get circle on crop frame you need something like 4.5mm -- Sigma is actually making that kind of lens.

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sean lancaster
By sean lancaster (Jun 12, 2012)

Odd that pricing hasn't been announced when I was able to pre-order this lens on Amazon.com last week for my NEX at $399.

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