Samyang 50mm f/1.2 lens on the roadmap for 2014

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Few weeks ago Samyang confirmed that they are working on a new 50mm lens. In a recent post on their Facebook page Samyang Asia mentioned that a new 50mm f/1.2 lens is on their roadmap for 2014. The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mount.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/seanmolin Sean Molin

    I know it won’t come even close to the Nikkor with regards to build quality (not much does)… but if it’s quite a bit sharper wide open, I’ll get it.

    • TSY87

      yep, I had the 50mm 1.2 nikkor as well. Built like a tank, but it was too soft for me wide open. Samyang lenses tend to be decent in terms of build, but optically they really impressed me for the price. Hopefully this lens does not differ.

      • benjamin

        its not the sharpest, and manual focus is near impossible with the stock focus screen (i swapped mine out for a canon S type), but the skintone rendition is just incredible!

        • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

          “skintone rendition”

          Stop believing in rubbish people say. Do you really think the lens goes “ooooh… I’m looking at skin… I’m going to make this area look very nice”? Seriously… it’s not that difficult to use commonsense.

          With digital you can easily match the colours of any two lenses. Heck, you can match the colours between a Canon body and a Sony body!

          • benjamin

            common sense is one thing, experience another. i happen to use the 50/1.2 as one of my main lenses and it gives me what i want (what few other lenses can produce) without having to resort to heavy post processing. If what you say is true we should all start using 3rd party lenses from the ’90s and just process everything to ‘perfection’.

            call me a purist, but the 50/1.2 ais IS a hard lens to beat if you can appreciate more than ‘sharpness’ and take time to learn how to manual focus.

            as for build quality, tell me how many current lenses will take being
            slammed into the ground when you slip and fall while running in the rain
            and have almost nothing to show for it.. i don’t think many can; my 50/1.2 did
            just that.

            if something’s not important to you that’s all fine and dandy, there’s no need to troll on others who might value it.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            “as for build quality, tell me how many current lenses will take being slammed into the ground when you slip and fall while running in the rain and have almost nothing to show for it.. ”

            Better not miss the general point I was making… if the lens captures an image in the way you want it, don’t let the build quality hold you back. I’ve taken many expensive modern lenses in pouring rain… never dropped any though. But even if I did, I’m happy to know that I can go and get another one. Because it’s the photo that matters… not the tool.

            “’90s and just process everything to ‘perfection’.”

            I don’t know what that means but for what it’s worth, I shoot large format and I don’t crop my photos. What about you? :)

          • Richard709

            “I shoot large format and I don’t crop my photos. What about you? :)”

            You’re such an a$$.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            Because I don’t have a DSLR dangling on a strap, bouncing off a beer gut? Sure… guilty as charged then :)

            PS: I +1’ed your post as well

          • MWLindstrom

            Also, what a weird comeback o.O

          • MWLindstrom

            Well even if the build quality didn’t hold someone back, replacing a whole lens on a tight budget definitely will.

            Also I hope you’re not trying to impress people by saying you shoot large format…. Any cinematographer/photographer you can impress with that line isn’t gonna be getting too far in the art. It’s the work that matters, and we know it. Digital crop or film no-crop, pre and post correcting is something everyone has to take into account. Some people require it in pre with matching lenses (zeiss sets) and some people in post (budget and purists). Sounds like we both prefer post.

            Also, point me to some of your images. I’d love to see some of your work.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            Thanks. You can click on my disqus profile and get the links to my flickr and blog.

          • Coloretric

            Shoot correctly first and then process secondly. Different glass & coatings transmit light differently. I own lots of glass and there is a big difference between the 105 f/2 DC & the 50 1.4.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            “Shoot correctly first and then process secondly. ”

            Since I mostly shoot film, I can assure you that the picture won’t come out right if I process the film before I shoot it :D

          • Egan

            I’m sorry, but this is nonsense. My 105 f/2 DC renders colors and skin tones *completely* differently than my other lenses. If I’m shooting a portrait I grab the 105 every time because it gives me the color rendition I want without a lot of post.

        • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

          “skintone rendition”

          Stop believing in rubbish people say. Do you really think the lens goes “ooooh… I’m looking at skin… I’m going to make this area look very nice”? Seriously… it’s not that difficult to use commonsense.

          With digital you can easily match the colours of any two lenses. Heck, you can match the colours between a Canon body and a Sony body!

    • TSY87

      yep, I had the 50mm 1.2 nikkor as well. Built like a tank, but it was too soft for me wide open. Samyang lenses tend to be decent in terms of build, but optically they really impressed me for the price. Hopefully this lens does not differ.

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      There are people out there sticking lens elements in empty toilet paper tubes and taking photos… and here we have people like you in the fetal position crying about how they’re not going to buy a decent lens if it doesn’t match the build quality of a lens they were beaten over the head with by a drunk father when they were 6.

  • Marc

    Pentax please

    • KnaP

      +1

    • KnaP

      +1

  • Photofreak

    I’m asuming it will be a manual focus lens. Nikon still sells the 50mm f/1.2 AIs, which I own. It’s a fantastic performer with an incredible build quality and it’s currently the cheapest brand new 50mm f/1.2 you can buy regardless the brand.

  • AnthonyH

    Noct version please!

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

    I have to say… Zeiss probably wishes they got their act together with the ZF/ZE lines a lot sooner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/1984studios Mat Miller

    How Exciting!

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