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Samyang Announces the AF 35mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang Announces the AF 35mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang (a.k.a Rokinon) has just announced the launch of it AF 35mm f/1.8 FE lens, part of its Tiny Series, and adding more f/1.8 options alongside its 45mm f/1.8 and 75mm f/1.8 lenses.

The new lens weighs a mere 7.4 oz (210 g), making it 25% lighter than Sony’s 35mm f/1.8. It features 10 elements in 8 groups and has 9 aperture blades, accepting a front filter of 58 mm. Minimum focusing distance is 11.4 inches (29 cm).

At just $399, Samyang’s new lens is significantly cheaper than the Sony version at $748. Notably, in keeping with its other tiny lenses, the Samyang lens does not have an autofocus toggle switch nor a customizable button, both of which are found on the Sony. Nor does it include the Sony’s dust- and moisture-resistant construction.

However, like the recently-released 75mm f/1.8, the lens features Samyang’s Custom Switch which allows you to change the function of the focusing ring.

Samyang says that the 35mm f/1.8 has a “newly researched and developed Linear STM (Stepping Motor)" allowing it to be quicker and more precise when controlling a larger, heavier lens group.

35mm f/1.8 lenses are something of a rarity on the Sony system, with Sony releasing the first lens of this type just over a year ago. For this reason, Sony shooters will almost certainly be delighted to now have a choice of options, with one being lightweight and affordable.

Will you be investing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Well yay. Some affordable FF lenses! These brought down the prices of their 2.8's.

I own the 45mm f1.8 - sometimes a great lens - and sometimes it can be a little stuborn - difficult in fact. Compared to the two f2.8 lenses i own, it's better, a little bit bigger, a tiny bit heavier - but still very lightweight. For the 2nd hand price i bought it bundled with an A7III. I'm more and more and more grabbing this lens as my standard glass.
The camera-bag manufacturers despise Samyang - you don't need a bag with those lenses - just enough pockets in your clothing.
I'm just waiting to see a few technical evaluations and we'll see whether i'll procure this one too.

How is the 45/1.8 sometimes stubborn or difficult? I don't understand what you mean by that. Are you talking bout autofocus or image quality or something else?