In the first of eight new lens announcements coming in the spring of this year, Samyang has unveiled the XP 10mm f/3.5 ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs.
Touted by Samyang as the "world's widest angle of view" for a rectilinear prime lens and as being "distortion free," the new XP 10mm f/3.5 will provide an astounding 130-degree angle of view. While "distortion free" in my experience usually means distortion is still present but in a small amount, if Samyang was capable of minimizing its effect at such a wide focal length that would still be plenty useful. The company also stated that the XP 10mm is suited for high-resolution cameras of "more than 50 megapixels" and 8K cinematography.
Sizing it up, the new lens is 3.86 inches (98.1 millimeters) long, has a maximum diameter of 3.74 inches (95 millimeters) and weighs 1.61 pounds (731 grams). The minimum focusing distance is 0.85 feet (0.26 meters).
Inside the manual focus, metal body lens are 18 elements in 11 groups. Three of these elements are aspherical, three are extra-low dispersion, and one is a high-refractive lens. These serve to control ghosting and flare, along with Samyang's Ultra Multi Coating (UMC). The lens uses seven aperture blades, while the aperture range is f/3.5 to f/22. There are no filter threads due to the bulbous front elements and built-in lens hood, not to mention the vignetting considerations with such a wide angle of view.
The Samyang XP 10mm f/3.5 has a suggested retail price of €1,099 ($1,247 with today's exchange rate) and will be available this spring.