Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Sony E and Samsung NX mounts announced

Samyang announced their new 8mm f/2.8 UMC fisheye lens for Sony E and Samsung NX mounts. The price is £279.99 | €349.99 (no US pricing yet), shipping will start in July 2012. In the US, Samyang lenses can be purchased from B&H.

Specs:

Manufacturer Samyang Optics
Model Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye
Lens type full frame diagonal fisheye (for APS-C)
Focal length 8mm (12mm 35mm Eqv.)
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Min aperture f/22
Angle of view 180 degrees on 1.5x crop APS-C
Min focusing distance 0.3m
No. of diaphragm blades 6
Focus type MF (Manual Focus only)
Lens construction 10 elements / 8 Groups (1 Aspherical, 2 ED)
Dimensions 60mm x 55.8mm(Sony) x 48.3mm (Samsung NX)
Weight 217g (Sony), 203g (Samsung NX)
Available mounts Sony E-mount (NEX), Samsung NX

Press release:

United Kingdom, June 11th 2012 - Samyang Optics is delighted to announce the latest addition to the popular range of manual focus lenses, the 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye lens designed specifically for Sony NEX and Samsung NX cameras.
Complimenting the existing fisheye lenses available in other mounts, the Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fisheye is currently the smallest and the brightest Fisheye lens, available in Sony NEX and Samsung NX mounts. It perfectly combines superior optics and a fast aperture within an exceptionally compact size.

Its sophisticated optical construction relies on a system of 10 lenses arranged in 8 groups. They include one aspherical (AS) lens and two lenses made of extra low dispersion glass (ED). These provide outstanding sharpness for the entire field of view and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens surfaces are covered with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings enhancing light transmission and maximising contrast.

Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye is a manual lens that will be marketed with Sony E (NEX) and Samsung NX mounts. In both cases its maximum angle of view will amount to 180 degrees, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3 metres.
Due for release early July 2012. Expected street price will be £279.99 / Euros 349.99.

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