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Samyang To Start Producing AF Lenses, Update Logo

By Anthony Thurston on February 13th 2014

Samyang is known for its cheap, but good, performing optics. Their lenses are popular with people who can live without AF, because all of their lenses up to this point have been manual focus only. That, according to a new rumor, is soon to change.

Samyang, which is also sold as Rokinon and Bower in some places, is rumored to be announcing that they will begin to produce lenses with auto focus in the coming future. This will be announced in conjunction with a new logo, which can be seen below, sometime in the next few days – possibly next week.

Samyang-logo

Samyang’s current 14mm F/2.8 is a popular lens in the nightscape and star photography communities for its cheap price and sharp optical performance. They also make popular 35mm and 85mm optics which are sold at many camera stores across the country as cheap and lightweight alternatives for photographers who can live without autofocus.

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The addition of AF to Samyang’s proven optics will be a welcome addition to many photographers. But don’t get your hopes up for super cheap AF lenses, the addition of AF will likely mean a 15-20% increase in size and at least that much of an increase in price. What has kept Samyang lens prices so low was the omission of AF, adding it in will only increase the price and add new ways for the lenses to malfunction.

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Samyang’s 14mm F/2.8 is a popular choice for night sky photographers.

That said, if Samyang can keep its optical performance and add AF with minimal price increases, then they will likely secure a position as one of the more popular budget lens makers on the market.

Again, at this point this is all just a rumor. Don’t take any of this to the bank quite yet. Still, it is an interesting topic to think about and discuss. What are your thoughts on this news that Samyang may join the ranks of AF lens producing companies? Share your opinion below to join the discussion.

[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.

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  2. Sean Goebel

    Didn’t SamRokiBower announce they would be developing AF lenses a couple years ago? I did a quick search, but at some point dpreview deleted their archives, so it’s impossible to find old articles. IIRC, it was stated in an interview with the CEO.

    I had a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 and it fell apart after 11 months of use. They refused to repair the lens under their 1-year warranty, saying that I had “modified” it and voided the warranty by putting a sticker on it. Yes, they’re that dumb. Never expect them to honor their warranty. Unfortunately, all the other 24mm lenses suck for night photography and have horrible coma/vignetting. COME ON SIGMA, PLEASE RELEASE A 24MM F/1.4. I WILL BUY IT IMMEDIATELY.

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  3. Matthew Saville

    I would much rather see them just start making more of their internal parts out of metal, or just start designing / putting together their lenses in a more durable manner. Currently I have numerous friends who are off-road desert campers using the Roki-Bow-Yang lenses for astro photography, and practically every one of their lenses has eventually gotten soft after a year or so of use.

    =Matt=

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  4. dave

    I have the 85mm 1.4 and it’s image quality is stellar. I bought the Bower version from b&h and had it overnighted and still was only like $275 total so I’d gladly pay 15-20% more for one with af which would still put it a grand cheaper than the nikon 85 1.4g which it most looks like (image quality wise)

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  5. Duc Hong

    well this seems like a good news for every ones, let’s see what they can do to the AF lenses

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  6. Martin

    Logo is very similar to Sigma

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  7. LPMurph

    Well the more the merrier as long as they build it well.

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