Budget stills and cine lens maker Samyang has introduced Mark 2 or (Series II) versions of two of their most popular manual focus lenses. The new Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 MK2 and portrait MF 85mm f1.4 MK2 come with redesigned bodies and improved ergonomics.
And now, users get to benefit from weather sealing and a focus lock ring on the new MK2 lenses of the range.
De-Clicked Aperture and Weather Sealing Protection
However, for filmmakers the big new improvement here is the new aperture de-click function. This allows video creators to make smooth and fluid changes to the iris opening and adjust exposure.
Even thought, these Samyang manual lenses have been primarily designed for DSLRs and available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts, they can also be used on mirrorless cameras. The Mark II series lenses are also available in Sony E, Fuji X, Canon M and Micro Four Thirds mounts.
In addition, the new Samyang manual focus lenses, much like their predecessors, offer full-frame coverage.
Samyang/Rokinon MF 14mm f2.8 Mark II
The original 14mm Samyang is quite a popular lens for both photography and video due to its compact size and affordable price tag. The the next-generation lens that inherits the famous wide-angle optics of the predecessor, while providing some much needed usability improvements. The new Focus-Lock function and the De-clicked aperture are welcomed additions for both video creators and photographers.
In addition, the weather sealing at the lens mount, gives you more confidence when shooting in inclement weather. The wide-angle FOV of 115.7 degrees makes it suitable for shooting vast landscapes and astronomical photographs. Moreover the 9 diaphragm blades iris and bright f2.8 aperture allows for great low-light performance and pleasing bokeh.
Samyang MF 85mm f1.4 Mark II MK2 Series II
And, while the bokeh on the ultra-wide 14mm may not be so pronounced due to the wide angle optics, the more portrait oriented Samyang 85mm f1.4 Mark II excels in this department. Inheriting the same improvements as its ultra-wide angle sister lens, the new 85mm f1.4 MK2 has the potential to become a go-to lens for many.
In addition, the optical construction includes a total of 9 elements arranged in 7 groups. Furthermore, the lens utilizes a Hybrid Aspherical lens element, to minimise spherical aberration and distortion, for extra-sharp images.
Pricing and Availability
Learn more about the MK2 lenses over at Samyang’s website here.