Samyang has announced a wideangle prime designed specifically for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the 12mm F2.0 NCS CS. With manual focus and aperture control, it will offer an 18mm equivalent angle of view on cameras with APS-C sensors (19mm equiv on Canon EOS M), and 24mm equivalent on Micro Four Thirds. It uses nanocrystal coating to minimise flare and ghosting, and will be available in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Pricing and availability are still to be confirmed.

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New Samyang 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS

March 21st 2014 - Samyang have announced the release of a new, wide-angle 12mm NCS CS lens designed for mirrorless APS-C cameras.

The new Samyang 12 mm 1:2.0 NCS CS offers photographers an affordable, wide angle lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens has been designed for cameras fitted with a high resolution sensor. Samyang Optics has accustomed its clients to great quality optics offered at affordable prices and this is also the case with the 12 mm 1:2.0 NCS CS lens which provides technical parameters and potential that can easily compete with the best wide-angle prime and zoom lenses available on the market.

The new Samyang 12 mm gives a wide angle of view amounting to 98.9 degrees and rectilinear image mapping function. Owing to a large aperture range of f/2.0, the lens offers a high image quality even in poor lightning conditions. Optical construction of the lens comprises 12 elements divided into 10 groups, these components include one aspherical lens (ASP) and one hybrid aspherical lens (H-ASP). There are also three lenses made of ED glass with extremely low dispersion factor. Technologically, the 12 mm NCS CS lens is the most advanced Samyang lens to date and features nanocrystal anti-reflective coating. Benefits of using the nanocrystal cover include much better light transmission, higher resistance to reflections and higher contrast, which adds to the optical resolution of the lens.

The Samyang 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS is the perfect lens for landscape photography and can be useful in interior and architecture photography or astrophotography. The product comes with a removable lens hood and 67 mm filter mount. It is light weight: weighing only 245 g and is compact in size.

Samyang 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length12 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountCanon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Sony E
Maximum apertureF2
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades6
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical elements, 3 ED glass elements
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)
Full time manualUnknown
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Weight260 g (0.57 lb)
Diameter73 mm (2.85)
Length59 mm (2.32)
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes

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