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Samyang 100mm Macro Lens In The Works?

By Anthony Thurston on March 23rd 2015

100mm Macro lenses are beautiful things. Not only are they ideal for Macro photography by not forcing you to be right up on your subject, but due to their focal length, they are also great portrait lenses.

Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro

Canon, Nikon, and Sigma all make wonderful ~100mm macro lenses, and now it looks like Samyang/Rokinon/Bower is looking to get in on the 100mm macro action as well – if you believe the rumors that is.

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According to the latest over on PhotoRumors, Samyang is going to be releasing a new 100mm lens, probably with a max aperture of F/2.8, and it is expected to be available this summer. The new lens is also expected to cost about the same as the Canon/Nikon offerings, which would be in the $700-$900 range.

Personally, I would love to see this lens. Samyang’s latest 135mm F/2 lens is about as sharp of a lens as I have ever seen. If Samyang can roll that into this 100mm as well then we will have a killer lens on our hands.

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see a 100mm macro lens from Samyang? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[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. Jeffrey Kenerly

    I want to see more information for all of these so called PRIME LENS.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    I’m not sure I’m ready to pay Canon prices for a Samyang lens yet, particularly if it’s fully manual. I have a couple for micro four-thirds, and they’re dandy lenses, but the lower price for good quality is the real selling point. And in particular, for m43, these are usually designed as APS lenses, so while they m43 mount versions work fine, they’re larger than they need to be.

    On the other hand, it took me awhile to mentally reconcile the fact that Sigma wasn’t the same old cheap-ass, reverse-engineer-the-protocol company they had once been. I have had two Canon-mount Sigmas recently I’ve been happy with, and that’s not even going all the way to the ART series.

    The bottom line, of course, is only known once they actually announce.

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  3. Jason Berry

    What’s really the point if its not significantly cheaper than the Canon?

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  4. Daniel Lee

    Good that they are creating more options for people. For people who use bodies like the A7r this would be great since many use MF anyways. I have the 100L which I love to bits so this lens wouldn’t be for me, but still interesting to see what Samyang are doing.

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  5. Adrian Jones

    Charging the same price for a lens with out IS doesn’t seem like a good idea. Samyang might be kicking themselves in the butt especially if Sigma copies the lens (under the “Art” lens brand). Sigma have a proven macro and IS track record.

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  6. Jeffrey Kenerly

    How could the lens be near same price. Why not buy Camera lens, the Samyang would only be option at a savings

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  7. Rafael Steffen

    I need to try one of these Macro Lenses. Macro photography is so beautiful.

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    • Tom Marvel

      I’m finding that I use the 100mm IS macro for almost everything
      Macro shots of course but I can get some very pleasing compression for portraits as well as close detail portraits w/o losing auto focus
      The IS is a real help for street shots in Aperture Priority and changing light

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  8. Graham Curran

    But will it have image stabilization and USM?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Likely not, considering the manufacturer. But who knows, maybe they surprise us!

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    • Hannu Siika-aho

      I think Samyang lenses don’t have IS. They seem all to be manual focus lenses. There have been rumors of Samyang autofocus lenses, though.

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    • Greg Silver

      For Macro shooting, I personally prefer to manual focus.

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