Samyang adds an AF 24mm F1.8 FE for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras to its Tiny lens series. The lens is a compact, fast wide-angle prime lens with optimized features for astrophotography. However, the linear stepping motor (LSTM) is said to allow fast, precise and quiet focusing even when shooting video.
With a length of 71.5mm, the lens is compact but not quite as "tiny" as the 2018 Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE, but it is faster. The weight is 230g.
The lens design includes 11 elements in 8 groups (7 special lenses, including 2 aspherical lenses (ASP), 3 high refractive (HR) lenses, and 2 extra low dispersion (ED) glass lenses) to effectively suppress chromatic aberrations and, according to Samyang, ensure high shooting quality across the entire image range even at the maximum aperture of F1.8.
Optimization for astro photographers lies in the built-in LED indicator and Focus Hold button, which is set to an infinity focus position by default. However, it can be optionally assigned a different focus position. The Custom Switch, which allows the choice between two settings, can also be assigned different functions such as the aperture control mode or MF mode (on PC or Mac with the optionally available Samyang Lens Station).
The wide-angle lens features 9 rounded aperture blades, a 58mm filter thread, a minimum focus distance of 0.19 meters, and Weather Sealing. It is scheduled to be available in mid-May for €499.
Also due out in mid-May is the AF 12mm F2.0 E ultra-wide-angle lens, an autofocus variant of the already available Samyang MF 12mm F2.0 lens for astro and landscape photographers. It is suitable for mirrorless APS-C camera with Sony E mount and costs 399 euros.
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