Samyang/Rokinon has announced its latest lens for Sony APS-C cameras: the rectilinear AF 12mm f/2 E, complete with autofocus and weather-sealing for shooting in challenging conditions.
Giving an equivalent field of view on a full frame camera of 18mm, this is Samyang/Rokinon’s first ultra-wide prime lens featuring autofocus for Sony APS-C cameras. It follows closely on the heels of Samyang/Rokinon’s AF 24mm f/1.8 FE for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras and makes another tiny addition to the company’s lineup of lenses. The lens weighs a mere 7.5 oz (213 g) and is only 2.3 in (5.9 cm) in length. You can take a virtual tour of the lens on Samyang’s website by clicking here and read a full product description here.
Sony a6x00 owners will likely welcome this new lens, as at f/2, it offers excellent speed and good potential for astrophotography. 12 elements sit in 10 groups with three extra-low dispersion and two aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions. An Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) helps to reduce internal reflections, minimizing flare. The minimum focusing distance is 7.44 in (19 cm).
Samyang guarantees outstanding image quality and promises a quieter autofocus system thanks to a “newly researched and developed” stepping motor.
The lens is expected to be available from June for $400. Will you be placing an order? Let us know in the comments below.