Budget lens maker Samyang announced that in February it will start selling a new 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens to fit Canon EF mount cameras. This is the first AF lens from Samyang, a brand well known for it’s manual focus lenses for Canon, Nikon, and mirrorless mounts.
Samyang 14mm Autofocus Lens
According to Samyang, the new 14mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens features a total of 15 lens elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, 4 high-refractive elements, and 1 extra-low dispersion element, and offers a 116-degree field of view.
The suggested retail price of the new Samyang 14mm autofocus lens is £649 (~$880 USD), which doesn’t exactly sound like a bargain price. But “suggested retail price” is almost always far above what retailers will ask. I would guess a realistic street price is something like $500-$550 USD (but that’s based on nothing by my gut feeling at the moment).
Presumably, this new AF lens will fully communicate with Canon bodies, allowing for complete EXIF data in images, as well as microadjustment and other features only available to fully electronically controlled lenses.
However, the company’s web site notes that Canon’s Lens Abberation Correction function should be disabled when using the Samyang 14mm autofocus lens to assure best image quality.
Other Samyang Lenses of Note
Samyang currently offers a manual focus 14mm f/2.8 lens for both Canon and Nikon at at sub-$300 price point, as well as a whole host of prime lenses for dSLR and mirrorless cameras, from super-wide to moderate telephoto focal lengths.