Korean lens brand Samyang has announced that it will use the Photokina show next month to introduce a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for stills photographers and the same lens designed for videographers using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Both Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 50mm T1.5 AS UMC are designed to cover a full frame sensor and, according to Samyang's website, will each come in 10 mounts to cover Nikon, Canon EOS, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds bodies.

Constructed using 9 elements in 6 groups, including a single aspherical element and a hybrid aspherical, both lenses will have a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m and will feature 8-bladed irises for an 'almost' fully circular aperture.

The principle difference between the VDSLR and DSLR models is that the VDSLR version will have an uncoupled, non-clicking, aperture ring and a focus gear ring. UK distributor Intro2020 has released a price of £479.99 for the VDSLR version, and pricing for the stills version will follow. Below is a sample video posted by Samyang demonstrating the capabilities of the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

For more information visit the Samyang Optics and Samyang UK websites.

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New Samyang V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC

Samyang have announced the release of a new cine lens V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC. The product will be officially introduced at the forthcoming Photokina 2014 photographic fair in Cologne in September.

This new lens fills the gap between the current Samyang 35mm and 85mm models and this cine lens will soon be joined by a photographic version. The Samyang brand now includes a complete set of bright lenses with exceptionally wide and useful focus ranges to meet the demands of both filmmakers and photographers.

The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras and camcorders with either full frame or smaller sized sensors. It gives 46.2 degrees field of view, and thanks to a high light transmission value of T1.5 (f/1.4) it ensures impressive image quality, even in low light. Optics of the lens consists of nine lens elements arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical lens element). To ensure high contrast and faithful colour reproduction, all lens elements have been covered with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR ensures exceptionally smooth and aesthetic mapping for out of focus areas beyond the focal plain, producing a bokeh effect. Thanks to the eight-bladed aperture, the subjects located outside the depth of field are shown with extremely smooth features. This feature will be appreciated by professional filmmakers and portrait photographers.

Suggested retail price £479.99 including VAT

Availability: from mid September 2014

For full technical specification please see www.samyang.co.uk

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The stills version of the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC The VDSLR version has a smooth action aperture ring and a geared focus ring
The VDSLR version of the lens, called the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Both stills and VDSLR models will come with a petalled lens hood