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Samyang To Announce New Lens On Friday, Possibly Rumored 50mm F/1.2

By Anthony Thurston on March 17th 2014

According to a post on Samyang’s official facebook page, on March 21st (this upcoming Friday), Samyang will be announcing “new stuff.” There are obviously several ways this could go, one of which is regarding a long rumored 50mm F/1.2 lens.


Samyang, as you know, is known for their optical quality and dirt cheap prices on manual focus only prime lenses. There was a rumor a while back regarding the addition of autofocus and a logo change, so maybe this announcement on Friday has to do with that as well.

But, if Samyang has managed to make a new 50mm F/1.2, that will be really exciting. I, for on,e would be really interested to see how well it compares to the Canon 50mm f/1.2, both optically and price wise. I would also be curious to see how it stacks up with the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4, once that is released.

Stay tuned and come Friday (or sooner should it be leaked), we will let you all in on what Samyang has in store for us.

What would you like to see Samyang release? Would a 50mm F/1.2 (manual focus only, or AF included) be something that would catch your attention? Share your thoughts in a comment below to join the discussion.

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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. Vaidoto

    If Samyang AF start line and if the start to be 50F1.2 AF, it will be a bomb. Nikon out there basically. Canon … expensive , Sigma …??? Therefore, the feeling that the Samyang 50F1.2 AF will be in my hands immediately. I hope they will do it …

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  2. michael

    I thought Samyang cancelled their plans for a 50/1.2?

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  3. Petr Klapper

    Still hoping for a small light 17/4 – cheap FX uwa with the right focal length (14mm too wide, 20mm too narrow) with filter thread for everyone. No other brand currently manufactures one (except pricey Zeiss i think).

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  4. Chris Warkocki

    If they made AF lenses and paired it with their excellent optics they could compete. I’d be most interested in seeing the glass they have modernized and even though a 50mm 1.2 would be tempting I would rather snag the Sigma due to their current track record of beating everyone else.

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  5. MJ

    Im so hard for this right now.

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  6. Valters

    AF? :)

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