Samyang (also branded as Rokinon and Bower in other markets), has released its new AF 75mm F1.8 FE lens for full-frame Sony camera systems.

Aside from the rather unusual focal length (I think we can all appreciate the decision not to add yet another 85mm FE lens to the market), the lens has another interesting feature. On the barrel of the lens, Samyang has included a ‘Custom’ switch that will turn the ring on the barrel from a focus ring (Mode 1) to an aperture ring (Mode 2). It's not a dedicated aperture ring, but the ability to switch on-the-fly is a nice addition, especially for a lens from a budget manufacturer.

Onto the more standard specifications, the lens is constructed of ten elements in nine groups, including two high-refractive (HR) elements and three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements. It offers an aperture range between F1.8 and F22, has a minimum focusing distance of 69cm (27"), features a nine-blade aperture diaphragm and uses a 58mm front filter thread. The lens weighs just 230g (8oz) and measures in at 65mm in diameter (2.56in) and 69mm (2.72") long, making it an incredibly compact and lightweight lens for its focal length.

Below are a few sample photos, provided by Samyang:

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Samyang hasn’t shared pricing or availability information yet, but we have contacted the manufacturer and will update the article accordingly when we receive a response.