When buying a DSLR or mirrorless camera, the camera body is often one of the largest expenses although the cost will rise quickly when you decide to invest in aftermarket lenses. Choosing good glass for your needs can be a stressful experience as a budget of only a couple hundred dollars won't get you very far in terms of features and performance.
A few years ago, a new competitor came on the scene under a slew of different brandings including Rokinon, Samyang, Bower and Walimex with a unique offering of full manual photo and cine-style lenses at a very affordable price-point compared to the rest of the market. For example, when we reviewed their 14mm Cine T3.1 Lens a few years back, there was no other full-frame super-wide angle lens on the market for under $500.
Since then, Rokinon has announced several new lens models including XEEN, a high-end line of cinema glass that offers superior build quality and lens design at a price that's still a fraction of what you'd pay for true cinema glass from the likes of Zeiss or Canon.
In an attempt to win over even more of the market, Samyang has announced their plans to manufacture and distribute two new lenses that will offer native AF technology making it a first for this company. The two models that will be available first will be their 14mm f/2.8 and their 50mm f/1.4 with only Sony FE mount offerings to start.
Since Sony's FE line lacks a lot of affordable native options, it makes sense for Samyang to put their focus here as these lenses are designed to work with both the phase detect and contrast detect AF modes within modern Sony mirrorless cameras. I'd assume the company will plan to branch out to other focal lengths and mounts depending on the success of these first two lenses.
As of right now, we do not have any release date or pricing information on either of these lenses although I'm sure this information will be made public in the next few months.
*Update* – According to SonyAlphaRumors, a Samyang representative has stated the 50mm f/1.4 FE AF lens will sell at a price between $400-$600 and is expected to be available in late June.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.