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Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC (EOS) - Full Format Review

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC (EOS) - Full Format Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Over the recent years Samyang, a Korean manufacturer, has gained some visibility in the system lens market. The company is quite small yet they released some highly interesting designs like the 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.4 – such large aperture prime lenses are normally associated with „high end“ products - but Samyang manages to provide them at a fraction of the costs of their original manufacturer counterparts. One of the reasons behind this is the lack of AF and mechanically controlled aperture so they can keep extensive adjustments for the various manufacturer to a minimum.


This time we’ll have a look at the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC – a full format SLR lens which has been released earlier this year. This moderate ultra-wide angle lens is slightly more expensive than earlier Samyang products yet it is still offered for about half the price of the "comparable" Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II.


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Charles-Henri Debeur's comment, August 30, 2012 4:37 AM
Hmmmm.... 700$... some pros point-out it very good optical output, although fully manual/mechanical... Find focus at full opening and then close at the right f-stop... no focus confirmation from the body camera... etc... I love all these points! Not a newbie, this is all the way I learned! Now this lens is a crazy toy for big ol'boys like me! Kudos on the news! Though it took me a while to figure this was actually the more and more popular RIKONOS series...
Philippe Gassmann's comment, August 30, 2012 5:43 AM
This lens is even more interesting on a decent Nikon body as you will be able to have exif, open aperture metering / focusing working as expected ;)
The only limitation will be the manual focusing...
Charles-Henri Debeur's comment, August 30, 2012 9:26 AM
Yet another reason why I will keep my Canon gear but RETURN to Nikon in the next year! :)
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Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Sample Images

Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Sample Images | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"While taking pictures in the chill temperature of -20 deg C is not the most pleasant experience we can imagine, we decided for it to show you the possibilities of a new Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens, which had just arrived to our editorial staff. Enjoy!"

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Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC review

Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Korean company Samyang builds its market position slowly but successively. It seems to be a part of their very well-thought-out strategy. They offer manual lenses, most often with short focal lengths in which the lack of autofocus is the least bothersome, which are characterized by good optical properties and a great price/quality ratio. In their line-up you can find such pearls like the Samyang 7.5 mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT, tested by us not so long ago, which was undoubtedly the best ‘fisheye’ instrument we have dealt with so far. One step at a time, Samyang managed to gather a nice group of manual lenses for full frame. They are presented and compared in the following chart. The Samyang 24 mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC is the newest addition to this group and we are going to look closely at it now."

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Samyang coming up with a new full frame 24mm f/1.4 lens for all major mounts

Samyang coming up with a new full frame 24mm f/1.4 lens for all major mounts | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Delta Company, the sole distributor of the Samyang brand for Europe, is proud to inform about the upcoming release of the new Samyang lens 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC. Optics of the lens has been constructed based on the system of 13 lenses arranged in 12 groups. It should be noted that 4 lenses has been made of the low-dispersion glass (ED), while two another are aspheric lenses. We have also employed multi-layered and anti-reflexive coatings of UMC type adding to the perfect light transmission. Samyang 24 mm F1.4 ED AS UMC has been designed to work with most popular reflex cameras produced by renown manufacturers and equipped with small-image sensors or smaller. The lens will be available with a mount for the following systems: Canon, Four Thirds, Nikon AE, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony Alpha.

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