We told you that they were teasing about a new lens, and that the rumors said it was a 50mm. Those thoughts/rumors were proven to be true (at least partially) today as Samyang/Rokinon/Bower announced their new 50mm T/1.5 Cine Lens.
According to the company press release, the lens will actually be first shown and officially introduced at Photokina in a couple of weeks. The announcement of this lens will no doubt make many fans of the Korean company very happy as it slots nicely between their 35mm and 85mm lenses.
Now, I realize that some of you may not know what a T-stop is, and how that relates to photography and an f-stop. That is a post for another day, but for the sake of this lens, the T/1.5 relates to an aperture of F/1.4.
Some were hoping for an F/1.2 aperture, but no doubt F/1.4 should still be sufficient. It is also notable that the company says that a stills/photographic focused version of the lens will also be available (see image).
At this time, the lens is not available for purchase, but we will update you once we get information about pricing and availability. If you would like more details, you can find the full press release from Samyang here, along with sample images from the lens.
Pre-order links are now available over on B&H for the Cine version, the lens is available in Canon, M 4/3, Nikon, and Sony E & A mounts. It will run you $549, and is expected to start shipping on September 5th. That price is not bad, though more expensive than Canon/Nikon variants that include autofocus. I will be interested to see if the price is justified by performance.
What are your thoughts on this Samyang announcement? Do you think that this 50mm will be a good option in an already saturated focal length market? Leave a comment below!