Samyang unveils new lenses designed for big resolution, big bokeh, wide angles

Hillary Grigonis
Samyang unveils new lenses designed for big resolution, big bokeh, wide angles
Lens designer Samyang is aiming to create a more versatile palette of lens options with its move into lenses designed for high-resolution tasks. The company today unveiled an 85mm and 14mm manual-focus lenses.

Lens designer Samyang is aiming to broaden its lineup, starting with two new premium-labeled lenses, an ultra-bright f/1.2 85mm and an ultra-wide f/2.4 14mm. Introduced earlier today, both lenses are expected to be displayed during Photokina, the photography trade show slated for September 20-25 in Germany.

Designed for high-resolution cameras for stills over 50 megapixels and 8K video, both lenses are manual-focus optics. According to Samyang, the lenses take the company’s image quality to the next level with unprecedented resolving power.

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The 85mm lens features a wide f/1.2 aperture for some serious bokeh, as well as enabling faster shutter speeds in low lighting. The lens is constructed in 10 elements, including two high-refractive lenses and an aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration.

The 14mm, on the other hand, uses 18 different glass pieces and packs in four special optics. Two aspherical elements and a hybrid aspherical glass minimize distortion, while two low-dispersion and one high-refractive lenses round out the special optics. Samyang says that the lens is designed to maximize the quality of the image from the center to the edges.

“We believe a lens is one of the foremost elements in photography and videography,” said Haejin Lee, the head of Samyang Research Center. “To create a signature Samyang Lens series, we have reviewed all the meetings and talks with photographers and cinematographers from past decades. They always return to one concept: the image quality. And it’s what we are after.”

Both lenses also use an aluminum alloy metal construction for enhanced durability.

Samyang says the new lenses are part of the company’s move to become a “total imaging solution” and that they will continue moving in that direction with new autosfocus and XEEN lenses as well.

Both lenses in the Premium line will be available before the end of the year, though the list price has not yet been set.