Samyang has officially announced their latest AF 75mm F1.8 FE lens.
The AF 75mm F1.8 FE features a 9 bladed aperture, a maximum aperture of f/1.8, a new Stepping Motor (STM) for quiet and accurate AF performance, a minimum focusing distance of 0.69m (2.26ft), and a 58mm filter thread.
The lens measures only 69.0mm in length, 65.0mm in diameter and weighs a mere 230g (8.11 oz.).
The lens has already received a very positive review from ePHOTOzine who has this to say about it:
Whether the photographer sees this as an unusually long standard lens or as a slightly shorter portrait lens, the 75mm length proves in use to be very equitable. We can approach our portrait subjects quite closely, but not so close as to cause distortion of the features. On the other hand, as a general-purpose lens there is some merit in having a longer focal length and having more space in which to work. In a similar way, 100mm macro lenses tend to be more popular than 50mm ones.
As for performance, this is just exemplary, the Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE is an outstanding lens indeed. Along with a moderate, realistic price tag, compact size and great handling, the only caveat is the lack of sealing against water and dust. This still leaves us with a superb lens and an obvious Editor’s Choice.
Aperture range: f/1.8 to f/22
Angle of view: 32.9 ˚
Lens optical construction: 10 elements in 9 groups
Minimum focusing distance: 0.69m (2.26ft)
Filter size: 58 mm
Number of blades: 9
Diameter: 2.56” (65 mm)
Length: 2.72 “ (69 mm)
Weight: 8 oz (230 g)
I’m not certain when the lens will ship out but it’s already available to pre-order from Adorama priced at $399.00 and Park Cameras in the UK for £379.00.
Full details and sample images are available on Samyang’s website.
* Pre-order the Samyang 75mm F1.8
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