Samyang released the Mark II version of its AF 50mm F1.4 fast normal prime lens for Sony E mount. The Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II makes improvements over to the original model that the company launched five years ago. Samyang says this new model is the lightest standard lens with a large aperture that is compatible with Sony E-mount. The new lens is available for pre-order for $750.
(Update: Check the Size and Spec comparison of Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE Mark I vs Mark II vs Sony Planar 50mm F1.4 ZA)
The aperture of the new 50mm F1.4 FE II features a range from f/1.4 through f/16 and uses a nine-bladed diaphragm that Samyang claims to be able to provide smooth background blur that effectively separates the subject from the background.
Samyang 50mm F1.4 FE II Key Specs
- 50mm Focal Range
- F1.4 Max Aperture
- Weather Sealed
- Filter Thread: 72mm
- Max Format: 35mm FF
- Sony E Mount
- Weight: 420g
- Min Focus Distance:0.4m
- Max Magnification:0.16x
The autofocus is achieved by Samyang’s linear stepping motor (STM) that the company says allows for performance that will satisfy both photographers and filmmakers. Speaking of video, the optical design was made to minimize focus breathing.
Samyang has also added a focus hold button that can be assigned functions through the camera menu and a custom switch that allows for photographers to set it to allow adjustment of the aperture silently by rotating the focus ring. Using the optional Lens Station, users can set up the mode to suit their own preferences. The company says more functions will be added through firmware updates in the future as well.
The Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II features weather sealing across multiple points on the lens.
Comparison of Samyang AF 50mm FE Mark I vs Mark II
| FEATURE and SPECS COMPARISON|
|Model||Samyang 50mm F1.4 FE II||Samyang 50mm F1.4 FE|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Sony E|
|Max Format||35mm FF||Sony E|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9||9|
|Minimum Focus Distance||0.4m||0.45m|
|Price||Amazon, B&H Photo||Amazon, B&H Photo|