Samyang 8mm f/3.5 IF MC Nikon F (Video Aspherical) VDSLR lens

Here are the specs of the new, yet to be announced, Samyang 8mm f/3.5 IF MC Nikon F (Video Aspherical) VDSLR lens:

Aspherical Super Wide Angle Fisheye lens with a viewing angle of 180 degrees. Optical design adapted to the matrix of APS-C format, and is similar to the lens of 8 mm, which had already proved themselves to be among the great photographers around the world.

Appointment For video
Focal length 8 mm
Construction 10 elements (one aspherical) / 7 groups
Angle of view 180 °
Focus Manual
Minimum focusing distance 0.3 m
Minimum aperture f/22
Bayonet Nikon F
Number of diaphragm blades
Aperture ratio f/3.5
Dimensions 73.5 x 95 mm
Hood no hood
Weight 475 gr.

The lens is expected to start shipping later this month with a price tag around £1200.

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  • Donji Hogfan

    Looks like Samyang got things right.
    That will influence the development of Nikon lenses

    • That very funny.

      • I think Samyang did make good lenses and the price is in a good range. Like the previous 8mm F3.5 fisheye is actually better than that Nikkor 10.5mm F2.8 in many aspects and only cost 1/3 price of nikkor.

        I don’t think Donji Hogfan is saying anything wrong

  • Jorgen

    …what about focus breathing?

    • Teun

      Non at all, this is a prime lens.

      • so


      • obican

        Prime lenses have focus breathing too.

      • Jesus_sti

        nikon 105 mm F 2.8 macro …. a lot a breathing and it’s a prime

    • Do you honestly plan to do a lot of focusing pulling with a fisheye when doing video?

      Can you show us an example where a video shot with a fisheye having or even needing focus pulling?

      I didn’t think so…

      • Matt

        It doesn’t have to be a focus pull to have breathing issues, which affects any regular re-focusing.

        • How did you know everyone’s favourite type of video are non-moving scenes shot with a fisheye and re-focused?

  • Sloaah

    Samyang, or any of these small lens producers, should think about doing reasonably priced anamorphic lenses in EF, F and PL mounts. Would make a huge quality difference for DSLRs (high vertical resolution), and would also be very attractive for pro digital cinema if it could squeeze 2.4:1 to 1.85:1.

    They could easily charge $2k per lens, manual focus, since there is no low-budget competition.

    • tkpenalty

      F mount can be adapted to other mounts so its unecessary to.

  • Joe

    Sorry for being a noob but what make a VDSLR lens different from a regular one? Thanks

    • Harold Ellis

      well in case of real manufacturers it is lack of focus breating, real T calibrated transmission, silent and usually longer gearing etc.
      in case of samiyang it just got some gears and is priced higher

      • C

        *cough*cough* Zeiss CP.2 lenses vs. Zeiss ZF.2 lenses *cough*cough*

      • MJr

        Or, the resolution is only good enough for 1080p 😉

        • It’s most likely you not knowing how to use a camera and a lens 😉

      • Samyang is a “real manufacturer” as much as Canon or Nikon goes. It’s even more “real” than unrealistic ones like Leica.

        Have you taken a look at how good their optics are lately or are you just ignorant to understanding image quality?

    • GrumpyDiver

      A video lens does not have “click” f-stops, but is continuously variable over the entire range. The distance markings are much more accurate and it is set up for a follow focus system. The things that look like gears on the picture of the lens are in fact gears that allow the camera operator to use a follow focus system to focus the lens and to adjust the aperture.

  • Common Sense

    This lens is absolutely beautifu. Stunning.

  • Wow. Beautiful. If only I could justify the purchase (and need for) of such an expensive, awesome-looking lens.


  • With big budgets come pretense… Samyang needs a fancy name like “Fernost-Optik” to push their high-priced products.

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