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Rumor: Samyang To Announce New ‘Fast’ 50mm Lens In 6 Days

By Anthony Thurston on August 20th 2014

Samyang/Rokinon (or whatever brand you know them as) will finally announce their long rumored ‘fast 50mm lens in 6 days,’ according to the latest rumors surrounding a cryptic post on their Facebook page. There are some discrepancies though, about what aperture the lens will be, with one source saying it will be an F/1.2 and another saying F/2.

The part that can’t be disputed, the date, which is based on a post from Rokinon’s Facebook page in which the company teases the announcement of a new lens on August 26th.


As you can see, the image is pretty cryptic, and really doesn’t give too much away other than where in their lineup the lens fits. If you look at the image it seems to fit between their 35mm and their 85mm, which would seem to support the idea that the lens could be the long rumored 50mm.

The other part to this is the text, which says “The wait is over!” That would also seem to support the idea than the lens in question has been talked about for some time, and no other Rokinon/Samyang lens that I am aware of has had the demand like the rumored 50mm.

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There is also a post on the Samyang Facebook page, which basically teases the same thing, just with some different wording about dreams coming true. But the interesting part is the text below that, which says “On August 26th your dream lenses are coming.” Notice the plural ‘lenses,‘ yet the teaser is only showing one lens. Maybe we are getting multiple lenses – that would be an interesting twist…


Regardless, we don’t have to wait long to find out what it is officially. Six days and counting until our dreams will come true. I can’t wait, can you?

[via Photo Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Tyler Smith

    I believe this lineup of lenses is actually in order of size, not focal length. The 85mm is much shorter than the 35mm (on EF mount, at least).

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  2. Matthew Saville

    Anthony, I believe the correct term is “ROKI-BOW-YANG”. ;-)

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  3. Kayode Olorunfemi

    The wait is over, feel like asking why it took so long but better to be thankful than critical…

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    • Matthew Saville

      I think it’s probably highly likely that Rokinon felt there was too much compeition in the “affordable 50mm” range, what with $90-$190 cheap f/1.8’s on the market left and right. If a “cheap-o” third party like this had come out with a 50mm as their very first lens. However instead they tactfully, carefully met other needs in other ranges first to build their reputation, and they did it very well I might add!

      Now that they’re known as not just another generic Asian lens maker, but a maker of super-sharp glass at an affordable price, they can go ahead and enter the 50mm market. Maybe they’ll even offer an f/1.8 & f/1.2 option, instead of just a single f/1.4! Who knows, but we’ll find out soon enough…


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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      @Matt – I see your point. They’ve done really well with the cine lens for film, makes sense for those who want to have a complete set to include the 50mm so well done on Samyang/Rokinon.

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