New: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS lens for APS-C cameras


Last week I mentioned that Samyang will be releasing two new APS-C lenses this summer. According to Samyang's Facebook page, one of the new lenses will be 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS. The US price will be $449. Here are the known specs:

  • Rectilinear imaging system
  • 13 elements in 11 groups, 2 aspherical lenses
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Angle of view: 83.1 degrees for Nikon version and 79.5 for Canon
  • Weight: 571g
  • Available for Canon EF+M, Nikon F, Sony A+NEX, Pentax, Fuji X, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds and Samsung NX mounts.
  • The released date will be at the end of June or in mid-July.

Please note that at the 2012 Photokina show Samyang announced a 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS lens that has not been released yet (for APS-C cameras).

A new Samyang 50mm f/1.2 lens is also on the roadmap for 2014.

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  • michi

    PRICE !!!!!!!

    what’s your guess?

    • rearranged

      I would say around 300$ since the 14mm 1.8 is selling for 300 euros in germany….

      • Art

        Their 14mm is not f1.8. It’s 2.8. That’s a huge difference.

        I would not expect this lens to be cheaper than their 24mm f1.4…. though the fact that it’s APS-C does put it on a somewhat different scale.

        There’s a reason no other stills lens maker have a lens like this. It’s not an easy problem to solve.

        • El Aura

          Thom Hogan thinks its an easy problem to solve and all camera and lens makers are just too stupid (and/or too risk-averse) to realise that APS-C wide-angle primes is part of what is needed to keep APS-C attractive. — But then that stupid and risk-averse company Sigma has announced a f/1.8 DX zoom before announcing a single DX WA prime. Thus Sigma thinks that fast DX zooms will find them more customers than DX WA primes.

  • mathOS

    571g ?! Ouch ! My Samsung 12mm f2.4 weights only 75g…

    I guess this lens aims to differentiate with a stellar IQ at f2 and an affordable price (250$ ?)

    • Pat Mann

      The 16mm f/2.4 perhaps?.

      High-speed lenses are typically much larger and heavier than slower lenses of the same focal length. The design objective of the 16mm f/2.4 was small size; the design objective of this lens is high speed.

      This lens does weigh almost as much as their full-frame 24mm (The Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 full frame lens weighs 620 gm per Nikon specs – a bit less than the Samyang 24mm), so it seems like the design effort was focused on getting something to market rather than taking advantage of the smaller image circle of APS-C.

      With that much volume to work with on APS-C, perhaps this lens has less distortion and vignetting than the full-frame 24mm. We can only hope.

      • “so it seems like the design effort was focused on getting something to market rather than taking advantage of the smaller image circle of APS-C.”

        It’s hard not to take advantage. It’s more difficult/expensive to make a lens with a bigger image circle.

        The flange distances effectively remain the same between the APS-C lenses and FF ones so the APS-C ones have to be more retrofocus than FF ones if they’re going to produce the same fields of view. That might explain the bulk a bit… this is a 16mm lens after all whereas the other is 24mm.

  • rsrbss

    Samyang’s Facebook page – this link doesnt work for me..

  • v.s.

    interesting how it would compare to the 16-85mm on the Nikon side? I think for the lanscape I’d much prefer the versatility of zoom

    • Chris

      You don’t really compare a low-light prime to an f/3.5+ zoom…they are for very different purposes. Aside from possibly night photography, if you are a landscaper, you’d go with the 16-85, since you’d use it at f/5.6 or more most of the time.

      But, if you are doing street work, night work, or video work…and you need f/2, well, then this would be your option. That’s really Samyang’s target, the video DSLR market

  • fjfjjj

    WTF is APC-S?

  • Art

    Oh, Em, Gee…


    Low budget cinema shooters rejoice!

    To give stills shooters some point of reference, the ONLY other alternative in this focal length and aperture start at about $10000 for just the one lens. See Zeiss Ultraprimes or Cooke S4. If this lens costs $1000 it’d be a bargain.

  • yitzy

    still wating for the 10mm

  • Always nice to see manufacturers doing something different. Kudos to Sigma for getting the ball rolling with their f/1.8 zoom.

    Seeing how good the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 is, I bet this design would be even better (in the common f-numbers of course).

  • 3irikur

    Finaly! I was thinking about changing my d7000 for a full frame dslr just because i want a wide angle with less then f2.8. Now i can just wait for samyang and sigma to start releasing their lenses! 🙂

  • Pat Mann

    A focal length and aperture I have been waiting for, but sized for APS-C – this is practically the same size and weight as the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 for FX, and requires a larger diameter filter. Perhaps they have used all that volume and weight to produce a zero-distortion lens with virtually no vignetting?

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