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Samyang creates cinema versions of 14mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses

By dpreview staff on Aug 9, 2012 at 14:00 GMT

Korean lens maker Samyang has created cinema versions of its well-regarded 14mm F2.8, 24mm F1.4 and 35mm F1.4 manual focus lenses. They're distinguished by racks on their focus and aperture rings for use with cinema rigs, stepless aperture control, calibration in T-stops rather than F-stops, and scales that are marked to be read from the side of the camera. The three lenses are known as the Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC, Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC and Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC, and will be made in Canon and Nikon mounts. They'll go on sale towards the end of August at prices to be announced.

Press release:

Soon on sale! SAMYANG T1.5 35mm AS UMC, SAMYANG T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and SAMYANG T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC

Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC, Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC

Cracow, 9th August 2012 – Samyang Optics gladly informs, that Samyang Family has been enlarged by three new lenses dedicated for digital cinema purpose.

Lenses with focal 35mm, 24 mm and 14mm will be available on sales in sequence next week, at
the end of August and in September.

The construction of the new lenses has been based on previous types dedicated for photography. Their main feature are racks co-operating with follow – focus system, and a ring rotated continuously. Thanks to these alterations it is possible to precisely and silently operate focus and depth of field. Another facility is putting aperture and focus scale parallel to the axis of the lens and aperture marked with number of transmission T. Lenses are compatible with Nikon and Canon cameras.

Prices will be announced soon.

Additional images

Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC
Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC


Total comments: 24
By bossa (2 months ago)

Surely the latest Lightroom has lens profiles for the Samyang?

Is there any major functional reason why these lenses couldn't still be used for still photography?

I assume that there are no auto-diaphragms in these lenses? ( OK, I just read that the apertures are decoupled)

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By jiriruzek (8 months ago)

I am a bit confused - which one is better for a full frame camera? 14/2.8 or 14/3.1?

SergeSmArt I
By SergeSmArt I (Aug 21, 2012)

I'm skeptical: for sure there will be the same OPTICS in it as in current lenses.. I've got Samyang/Rokinon 85mm /1.4 lens for just $300, and this price exactly match it's optical performance, don't mentioning that MOUNT of any of Rokinon lenses I trying was NOT fit Canon or Sony adapters strong enough: there is always some "play" in it ...and why NO Sony-A-mount or E-maunt? - to use with my Sony FS-700 camera... I'm trying 24mm F1.4 lens, and return it - don't like the picture for $700 and I'm still not sure about 35mm F1.4 lens...
so... If Samyang going to rise his appetite to charge for this little modification more than a current price of 35mm lens, i.e. - $500, ....probably something like $1500 - I will NOT buying it for sure! :) - we all know the difference between Zeiiss lenses and "Made in Korea" Samyang lenses ! :)
DSLR users are different - they can get what ever make them happy, even for super extra $$$ :) Samyang definitely targeting it to them :)


SergeSmArt I
By SergeSmArt I (Aug 27, 2012)

Oh.. I happy to see, that I was not right about it! :)
Now I see 35mm Cine-lens avalable in B&H for just $549 !!!
and will go a take to try it as soon as possible!!

By tnavvarro (Nov 23, 2012)

How are you going to compare a lens that costs almost twice or three times as much. Why do people keep comparing lenses that is in different categories. And why do people keep complaining about how a lens that costs twice as less don't have the capabilities of the expensive lenses. That is why the lens is more affordable.
Zeiss lenses are absolutely a rip off. Lenses should not be costing that much. In the west the psychology is if it costs more than it is better. If it costs more it should offer more but Europe is just way overpriced.
You don't understand Asia and I don't think you ever will. The Koreans optics will soon take over the Japan Market in the future. Europe is just overpriced and the price tag is their ego and confidence. The culture in Korea is different even with Japan when it comes to how they price. Koreans still manage to not fall for the "more expensive the better" psychology and has a more honest prices. Get to know the culture and people. Koreans are the future.

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By tnavvarro (Nov 23, 2012)

I just saw your website.
Your work is terrible.

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Dan Zhang
By Dan Zhang (Nov 30, 2012)

Now, now, children...

By gabriele83 (Jan 18, 2013)

I beg to disagree...strongly!
I own the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical and it's an awesome lens, both in its all metal construction (thing that nowadays you find only on utterly expensive lenses) and optical quality. It's razor sharp from center to corners and fits tighly and perfectly my Canon 5D Mark II. If I have to find a defect to this lens is the moustache style distortion that anyway is not that strong and it's totally fixable with PTLens or other softwares, other than that...perfect and better than lenses that cost 4-5 times more.
Also all the tests you will find on this lens and the pictures I took with it prove I'm right and you're wrong or you received a bad sample.
Learn there's a difference between real quality and perceived one: price doesn't make quality.

By nemark (Aug 14, 2012)

I would like to see somebody makes compact primes for APS-C sensor, at least 14mm or wider UWA. Samyang is too huge on compact bodies, making their compactness obsolete.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 13, 2012)

I wonder if Rokinon will also have these 3 or 4 cine-style optics here in the USA? Or only Samyang?

By makofoto (Aug 15, 2012)

Same company ... different distributors

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 15, 2012)

Wow, that's useful to know!

Joe Galian
By Joe Galian (Aug 20, 2012)

I find the Sigma 8-16mm as a temporary, workable, small lens for HD videos on APS-C sensors.

By machima (Aug 13, 2012)


By marike6 (Aug 12, 2012)

The 35 1.4 is extremely popular with the HDSLR crowd, and the 14 2.8 and 35 1.4 are both excellent lenses. Samyang has also made their 8mm f3.5 Fisheye (now an 8mm T3.8) into a video lens. I imagine that these will sell very well.

By lita (Aug 10, 2012)

T stops? Hum, I wonder if each lens is adjusted for its particular light transmission response like the Arri's or Pana's....?

By Klarno (Aug 11, 2012)

Rather few lenses are individually tested for t-stop response anymore, because lens making techniques have advanced enough that such individual calibration isn't really needed outside of the highest end, like Zeiss master primes. T-stops are just a better measurement than F-stops for exposure, especially when shooting different lenses on multiple cameras and expecting the exposure to be the same--not just within tiny fractions of a stop, but the same.

By philchan (Aug 9, 2012)

Other than the physical differences pointed out in the news narrative, I wonder how they different optically from the earlier variants.

Not into videos, but the 14mm certainly looks much better!

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Aug 9, 2012)

I have the 14mm - as a cinema lens the biggest problem is the odd and very noticeable distortion, which is barrel-y in the middle and pincushion-y around the edges. Makes it odd for filming unless you don't mind the quasi-fisheye effect. I wonder if they fixed that?

By EdwardNL (Aug 9, 2012)

There is actually a name for what you describe: It is called "mustache distortion". It is not common, but neither is it rare.

By pes084k1 (Sep 1, 2012)

Cinema and HD video is more tolerant to distortion. The values of the 14 UMC are still in this tolerance. The lens is quite sharp and resolves a lot more than Nikkor 14-24, for example, close to rangefinder lenses.

By makofoto (Aug 9, 2012)

We need them in PL mount!

By ProfHankD (Aug 10, 2012)

PL has a 52mm flange distance... which is more than any of the DSLRs Samyang originally targeted. Thus, I wouldn't be surprised if a PL mount version with infinity focus is impossible.... On the other hand, they don't need a Sony E mount because nearly anything can be adapted with a mere 18mm flange distance.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 13, 2012)

"We need them in PL mount!"

No, we do not. Sony/Minolta Alpha mount would be nice, though.

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