The 2nd generation lens is optimized for portraits, landscapes, and shooting video. Designed for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras, the new Samyang / Rokinon lens features a fast aperture of f/1.4 just like its predecessor but offers many changes inside.
Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up includes several autofocus lenses, AF 35mm F1.4 FE, AF 14mm F2.8 FE, AF 35mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE. Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE II lens will be available soon (check for US pricing). Check out the details of Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE II Lens Review below :
From SonyAlphaBlog conclusion :
The Samyang is priced at 700 euros vs 830 euros for the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN which is much better in term of sharpness , has a real aperture ring and a better AF for subjects in movements. I see therefore no reason to buy the Samyang 35 unless for video thanks to its low focus breathing.
If the price goes down to 450-500 then it will be a good price for the performances. Also if you don’t need the f1.4 the Samyang 35mm F1.8 offers better performances (better sharpness) for 400 euros in a more compact and much lighter format.
In term of best 35mm The Sigma and Sony are excellent and in 80% of the case you can not distinguish them , they all have excellent sharpness, smooth background blur, excellent bokeh balls, color rendering….