As promised after last week's leaked images, Samyang has debuted its first ever autofocus lens for the Canon EF mount: the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF joins the rest of the Samyang/Rokinon AF line of lenses, all of which were made for Sony FE mount until today.

The optical formula of the new lens consists of 15 lens elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, 4 high-refractive elements, and 1 extra-low dispersion element to ensure the best possible image quality "from center to corner of the wide 116.6° angle of view."

The lens is also very light, weighing in at 485g (without the lens cap), compared to Canon's own 14mm F2.8L II IS USM, which clocks in at nearly 650g.

Here's how Samyang describes its new lens:

This first EF mount autofocus lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand's universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. From a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups, 7 special optic lenses have been chosen in the production of this lens, to maximize the image quality.

The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimizes distortion and various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The remarkably even image quality from centre to corner of the wide 116.6-degree angle of view appears distinctly on its MTF chart.

And here is a selection of sample images captured by Samyang photographers ahead of the launch. They're not very high resolution, but they should give you a basic idea of the lens' capabilities:

We won't know how this lens compares to Canon's $2,100 EF 14mm F2.8L II IS USM until we get our hands on a test copy, but at a price of just 700 Euro (~$840 USD) it gives Canon users a much more affordable ultra wide-angle option.

The lens is scheduled to ship in February of 2018. To learn more about this lens, visit the Samyang Global website.

Press Release

Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF

January 8th, 2018, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics is pleased to unveil its first autofocus lens for Canon full frame DSLR cameras: AF 14mm F2.8EF. This light weight wide angle lens inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series and delivers a quiet, fast and accurate autofocus system.

World Class Wide Angle Lens, Samyang 14mm

This first EF mount autofocus lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand's universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. From a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups, 7 special optic lenses have been chosen in the production of this lens, to maximize the image quality.

The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimizes distortion and various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The remarkably even image quality from centre to corner of the wide 116.6 degree angle of view appears distinctly on its MTF chart.

Ideal Autofocus Lens with High Usability

Importantly, the minimised weight and movement of the focusing lens group enables quiet and pleasant autofocusing with high accuracy. This compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood and is the best travel partner to capture unforgettable moments on your journey.

Weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch increase usability.

Available from February 2018

This world-wide Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series from the manual focus 14mm F2.8, the premium XP 14mm F2.4, the AF 14mm F2.8 FE autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras and professional cinema lenses, and the XEEN 14mm, 16mm and 20mm.

The lens will be available globally from February and a suggested retail price is EUR 699.

Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length14 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountCanon EF
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements15
Groups10
Special elements / coatings1 ED, 2 ASP, 4 HR + Ultra Multi Coating
Focus
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)
Maximum magnification0.15×
AutofocusYes
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Focus distance limiterNo
Physical
Weight485 g (1.07 lb)
Diameter91 mm (3.58)
Length96 mm (3.78)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Power zoomUnknown
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo