Breaking: Samyang to start producing autofocus (AF) lenses

Samyang will start producing autofocus (AF) lenses. The company is expected to make an official announcement in the future. Samyang will also reveal a new logo (see above). Stay tuned for more details.

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  • Karlo Vuk

    I believe this is very needed in the industry. Samyang is doing a nice job filling in some gaps other manufacturers are skipping.
    16mm f2 DX with AF please!

    • kapanak

      But … What kind of company brands their lenses in so many different names … Vivitar, Falcon, Rokinon, Walimex, Bower, Opteka, Polar and Pro-Optic … and that’s all we know of …

      I know Korean companies, as well as Chinese and Taiwanese companies love to play OEM all the time, but in the optics game, it might pay to build a name for yourself. Sigma, Tamron and Tokina have all built a name for themselves, despite so many other optics companies in the world.

      • Karlo Vuk

        While that does make sense, I really couldn’t care less what “brand” a product is as long as it can do the job for which other well known brands don’t have a product.

      • ksporry

        samyang doesn’t. Its other brands that buy Samyang lenses and rebrand them

  • Yes! That will really shake things up for the better.

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  • Gan Eden

    SAMYANG: We need some ZOOM lenses now please!!

    • TinusVerdino

      No we don’t Sigma and Tamron do that very well. Just some value screw drive primes would be fine.

      • King of Swaziland

        Nobody makes screw drive lenses (new) now. They don’t work with EOS mounts.

        • TinusVerdino

          Screw Canon then!

        • TinusVerdino

          Screw Canon then!

        • primophile

          Right, because there are no other mount besides Canon EF/EFS…
          Sigma and Tamron still make zooms and primes with screwdrive for Nikon & Pentax and the Pentax Limiteds are out there too (so it’s not just low-cost lenses).

        • Zos Xavius

          Screw drive is louder, but can also be faster than silent motors. I prefer screw drive. One less thing to break on the lens. PS. Pentax still makes screw driven lenses, so your statement is false. Also so does tokina and a few 3rd party manufacturers.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Nikon still makes screw drive cameras. Screw everybody who doesn’t have one.

          • King of Swaziland

            If you’re making marketing and design decisions to cater to the Pentax third party market, you’re effectively marketing to “nobody.”

            Many recent Sigma lenses are unavailable on Pentax mount, probably just for this reason.

          • jtan163

            And yet ironically Sigma lenses are available for Sigma SLRs. Which is effectively less than nobody.

            So either Sigma must take a hit on selling lenses on their own mount – or it must be viable to sell AF lenses in quite small quantities.

          • King of Swaziland

            The Sigma mount is almost identical to the EOS mount. Not to mention those lenses aren’t screw driven. It’s one thing to put a different bayonet on a lens, and different electronics, another to redesign the focus mechanism with a screw drive.

            Give it up screw drivers…

          • jtan163

            I was not one of the screw drive nuts.
            On the subject of EOS and Sigma mounts – do you mean the physical mount, or the AF protocol.
            I’d imagine it would be the AF protocol that would be the expensive part of the development.
            The actual physical mount is just a casting and/or machining.

  • Börje Dahrén

    Their 14mm, 35mm and 85mm FF primes would be great with AF!

  • Some great news. Now bring the AF DX primes!

    • lord eels

      oh that’s exactly what samyang will be building. unlike nikon, samyang can survive by catering to the tiny and dying “cheapskate advanced DX” folks whom nikon is currently ignoring. enjoy the samyangs, cheap folks!

      • Andrzej Lukowiec

        Can’t believe. All this frustration because of crappy Nikkor lenses… Stupidity can cost a lot. Learn man… Or visit a doctor. Ask him to try to cure your feet. Because to mend your head is already too late… 😉

      • Zos Xavius

        As an aps-c user I find your tone insulting. oh wait. its lord eels. find somewhere else to troll loser.

        • lord eels

          cold logic ain’t pretty. I stand by my comments. nikon FX has been showered with excellent primes since 2010. that’s because FX folks actually buy glass and DX folks, as a whole, do not. nikon has an 80 year long tradition of making great lenses. there is a reason why they moved on from high end DX lenses. keep in mind I think the nikkor 17-55mm might be the finest zoom lens nikon has ever made.

          • Global

            This would change IF ONLY Nikon would invest in professional DX cameras (like the Fujifilm X-T1). Is it any wonder that Nikon doesn’t have users buying primes when it doesn’t cater to professional users and when it has NEVER made ANY f/1.4 primes for DX?

            Here’s an idea, Nikon — make a flagship DX camera — and make professional DX lenses…….. and maybe you’ll pick up some prime users.

            Why does Fujifilm have so many prime lens users, when it is APS-C too? Chicken and the egg. Chicken and the egg.

            The fact is that Nikon’s DX users do buy primes — but they are forced to buy FX primes. And forced also to use FX professional lenses. “Forced” because there are no options, not because anyone pushed them into it, obviously. But clearly they would much rather prefer to have DX primes (just look at the sales of the 35/1.8 DX) and DX professional lenses at lower cost than FX.

          • lord eels

            a flagship nikon DX camera simply isn’t happening. there is no point. you’ d be better off waiting for a nikon SP mirrorless DX with f mount adapter. get real, you need a D4 and longer glass and you refuse to spend the money for it.

            bottom line “pro” DX was a BS format from the start, and plenty of folks like myself avoided it all together. you’ve been burned and you need to move on. if you want a real camera stick with canikon, but if you think the fuji xt1 will perform like an updated d300s, I laugh in your face.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            LOL. Even Samyang probably won’t bother to make too many DX lenses.
            But complainers gonna complain…

          • lord eels

            Well they are a cheap generic lens company. That’s usually a DX user’s first choice if they do happen to buy a non-kit lens.

          • zev hoover

            I have agreed with you up till this point. cheap, yes, but generic? what is generic about making all f1.4 lenses, a fisheye, and some superwides? keep in mind, also that these are all prime and MF at the moment, not really “generic” if you ask me.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Oh look, someone complained…
            Let’s think about this for a while…
            How many DX primes does Samyang make now????????????????????
            It probably will cost you less now to go full frame than it did for you to go digital SLR in the first place.
            What do you get?
            At least a stop improvement in low light capability for the noise. A stop equivalent of narrower depth of field when using a prime lens. Better dynamic range, highlight and shadow detail. Resolution if you pony up for it….

            You can also still use your DX camera when you want to. (You won’t)

          • Alizarine

            I think they just wanted people to step up from their “cheap APS-C” cameras to their “standard” full-frames, with all their “full-frame” glass.

            Smartphones are evolving fast enough to threaten the entry-level DSLR in terms of portability and operational speed, as well as appeal to selfie addicts. For some reason I guess they’re concluding that Canikon wanted to make “ff digital” standard to force the market to stay.

        • Pretty much. I would have very much like to purchase DX sized lenses vs FX sized lenses. Definitely not a money thing. It’s a weight thing. They can make lenses of extremely good quality for the DX crowd, but sadly they aren’t. RIght now I’m looking at Sigma for future DX lenses.

  • camaman

    expect 10-20% increase in size and 50% increase in costs…

    • x4rd

      That’s what i meant to write 😉

    • Karlo Vuk

      I would expect something more along the lines of 10-15% increase in weight and 20-30% increase in cost. Totally worth it.

  • BdV

    Woops! Good!

  • Joe

    when are they going to make some zooms too?

    • Zos Xavius

      hopefully never!

      • madmax

        Why? don´t like competition? Your position is very difficult to understand.

        • zev

          there are some of us for which zooms are really not of any use, and we would rather they spent their time building a freaking 50mm f1.2/1.4

          • madmax

            No problem. I think they have both, intelligent people and money, enough to build good primes for you and good zooms for me.

  • Corbin Dallas

    As long as they keep making MF versions of their lenses too, I’d be happy. Coming into the AF market which is already saturated by the competition is pretty hoh-hum if they can’t keep the pricing similar to what they’re putting out now. Curious to see what they do, but I’m going to be pretty annoyed if their lenses end up costing the same as the new Sigma lenses and aren’t any better optically.

  • Sonikon

    This is great news. Make them screw drive to keep size down and reliability up. I’d rather trust the motor in my D800 than the motor on a budget AF lens.

    Can’t wait to see what they come out with. Heck AF versions of Samyang’s current lineup is enough to make many folks happy.

    • Roman

      Hell yeah. Give me the 40 2.8 AF scerw-driven pancake please! I like Canon 40 2.8 stm wery much but Nikon doesn`t want to make the analog at all. So let it be Samyang!

  • Global

    Would love to see Samyang become an exclusively “Art Series” Sigma-like company. Top-end glass in the low-end to mid-end market. Wonderful things happening.

    Nikon and Canon better get their prices in order.

    • David Peterson

      The ultra low budget people would like to still keep some options open.. so I for one will not mind if their prices do not move up market.

  • fjfjjj

    Yay Vivitar!

    • TinusVerdino

      Yay Sakar?

  • Seb

    Sigma moved away from cheapo lenses for the consumers on to high quality lenses for the pros, now Samyang is charging to fill the gap. All hail the new king.

    • jtan163

      Sigma lenses are still pretty economical even the nicer ones, at least when compared to Nikon and Canon.

  • Graf Almassy

    Cheaper version of Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 please! 🙂

  • Andrew Gray

    Makes sense — they’ve just about hit every useful prime focal length with some excellent and affordable MF lenses. Apart from long telephoto or macro, the only thing left is to start making AF versions. It will be interesting to see how they compare to Sigma or Tamron lenses.

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      Do they make a 50?

      • ZEV

        coming soon, apparently!

      • ZEV

        coming soon, apparently!

      • jtan163

        Actually a 50 is probably the length that is least worth making. Even Nikon and Canon make economical 50s.
        It’s the one focal length where there price performance probably is not super high.

        But if they do make one. Cool.

  • SPfan

    Samyang will have to raise their prices if they want to earn any respect from the “pros” who, naturally, use Nikon. A 14mm lens for $300 just won’t cut it.

  • Dmitry Anisimov

    I recall reading similar news about 2 years ago…

  • Samyangist

    And it’s still just a rumor as of February 2014.

    • It’s coming soon, just like the new Samyang logo – this is the difference.

  • Barbu Mateescu

    Any news? More than two weeks later, still no peep. One can say that Samyang really has a dead-silent autofocus motor 😛

    • I am not sure – some websites were ready to announce the news. Maybe they just delayed it.

  • Neo

    It won’t happen! There is a issue with Japanese camera makers that only allows for Japanese companies to produce AF lenses… Please do your research before misguiding the internet…

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