The two new Samyang lenses to be announced this summer are: 16mm f/2.0 and 300mm f/6.3

Samyang 16 mm f:2 lens Samayng 300 mm f:6.3 reflex lens

The two new APS-C Samyang lenses that I reported will be announced this summer are: 16mm f/2.0 wide-angle (priced at $479) and 300mm f/6.3 reflex lenses:

Samyang 16 mm f2 wide angle lens

Precise wide angle - Samyang 16mm f/2.0

Ultra wide angle, bright lens Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS was designed with utmost diligence. Its optical structure is based on 13 elements arranged in 11 groups. This includes one ED-type lens of extra low dispersion ratio, one optical glass aspherical lens and one hybrid aspherical. The lenses have multi-layer anti-reflective UMC coating which ensures very good transmission of light. Solid casing and the quality of workmanship aligned with excellent optical parameters make this lens an exceptionally attractive and user-friendly tool both for professional and amateur photographers.

Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS is dedicated for digital SLRs and mirrorless compact cameras equipped with APS-C sensor. The manufacturer ensured wide availability of the product offering mounts for such models as: Canon EF and M, Nikon F, Sony A and E, Pentax K, Fujiifilm X, Samsung NX, MFT and Four Thirds.

Samayng 300 mm f6.3 reflex lens

Light compact mirror – Samyang 300mm f/6.3 Reflex 

Samyang Reflex f/6.3 300mm ED UMC CS is a small-size reflex lens dedicated for mirrorless compact cameras. The optical structure contains 9 elements arranged in 6 groups, including one ED-type lens

ensuring high contrast and effectively preventing chromatic aberration. Long focal length, exceptionally affordable price and small size (it weighs only 315 g) make this lens a perfect companion for both city and nature photography.

To meet the needs of those users for whom the aesthetics are as important as the quality and functionality of equipment, this lens is available in two colours: black and silver. Available mounts: Sony E, Fujiifilm X, MFT and Canon M.

Estimated retail price of the lenses in Europe is EUR 395 - Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS, EUR  435 Samyang AE 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS and EUR 259  - Samyang Reflex f/6.3 300mm ED UMC CS. Those new products will be available in July 2013.

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  • preston

    manual focusing on a crop sensor at 300mm (450mm equiv.) with no VR/IS/VC/OS = between ‘not fun’ for still objects to ‘damn near impossible’ for moving subjects.

    • Nick

      Trusting the AF on a 450mm equiv con lead to out of focus subjects too. It depends on the user. Maybe you’ll say “just learn how to use the focus points and don’t bother with manual lenses”, while I would say the exact opposite.

    • Here’s a 600mm mirror lens on a full frame, manual focused:

      So I don’t see why a 450-equivalent should be “not fun” or “damn near impossible”. At most, adding an EVF should help things a lot with long lenses.

      Also, I happen to have the Tokina 300 6.3 mirror lens and it’s fun to use on APS-C. Not sure how the Samyang compares optically though.

      • Spy Black

        I had the Samyang 800 mirror, and it wasn’t that great. Equivalent shots made on a tripod with the 800 mirror and my old 300mm f/4.5 Nikkor had the (cropped to match magnification) 300mm shots sharper than the mirror. Sharpness and contrast were way down from the refractor lens.

        • The mirror vs. refractor debate is a very dead equus ferus caballus. While the resolution and contrast is nearly always better on a refractor, I like how clean (no CA), small mirror lenses are and how they provide the magnification at shooting time rather than later through cropping. Plus I hate cropping 🙂

          • Spy Black

            If your sensor doesn’t have enough resolution, cropping can certainly be an issue. Otherwise, it isn’t. At all. If a lens is well made, CA is not an issue either. I have none with my 300.

            However something like this 300 mirror might be handy, as long as you can deal with it’s aperture, but you’ll need to do some post to compensate for contrast and sharpness. It seems to me tho that a well made 135- or 200mm refractor on a high resolution camera will spare you a lot of trouble and give you more exposure options.

  • Marc

    Just make a nice 300mm F4 without a mirror please

  • 3irikur

    Hmm.. Should i buy the Nex version of the 16mm or the Nikon version and use with adapter? will the size difference be noticeable?

    I primarily want it for my Nex-7, but i might use it on a D800 too sometimes…

    • nameless

      16mm is for DX only. You can use it in cropped mode, but just so you know.

      • Spy Black

        You can always shoot FX by stopping it down and hacking it up in PShop. The edges will look “adventurous” however…

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