Samyang launches first zoom lens, the AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE

Samyang has announced its first ever zoom lens, the AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE designed for use with Sony E-mount cameras. The brand-new Samyang AF 24-70mm F/2.8 FE which will be available in early November 2021

Samyang’s new all-in-one zoom lens is designed for stills and recording video. It’s comprised of 17 elements in 14 groups, of which there are two aspherical, one H-ASP, three HR and three ED elements.

The large aperture and nine-blade aperture promise smooth background blur, and its minimum focal distance of just 35cm means you can get very close to your subjects and shoot from a variety of perspectives.

Features optimised for video shooting

1) Par-Focal: This function maintains focus on the subject when zooming in and out. It is a feature optimised for video shooting and normally seen on very expensive cine zoom lenses.

2) Cinematic Video AF: As the AF speed is carefully controlled during video recording, focus wobble is reduced, so very stable video recording is possible.

3) Linear MF Focus Control: Provides convenience to video shooters by matching the torque of the focus ring as closely as possible to that of a manual focus lens when shooting video in manual mode.

4) Cine Kit: A Samyang ‘Cine Kit’, consisting of focus gearing, follow focus and tripod mount, is available separately. This allows system exchange at the same time as lens change (with small configuration), so manoeuvrability is very good. In addition, a mount kit and follow focus are provided, allowing essential elements of video shooting at the same time.

Excellent resolution in all areas of the image

This zoom lens delivers a 24-70mm (wide-angle to short-telephoto) angle of view and a bright maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range, as preferred by full-frame camera users. In particular, optimum resolution is achieved through the optical design of 17 elements in 14 groups (2 ASP, 1 H-ASP, 3 HR and 3 ED). Combined with Sony’s full-frame image sensor, this zoom lens delivers superior sharpness and contrast in all areas of the image.

Impressive background blur and bokeh with bright F2.8 aperture

The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE zoom uses a large-diameter aperture to provide smooth background blur. It effectively separates the subject from the background, using a shallow depth of field to capture a unique image of an ultra-wide-angle in which the background is compressed. The 9 diaphragm blades create smooth and natural bokeh with light splitting.

Samyang AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE Lens

Focal Length 24-70mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Mount Sony FE
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 36° – 86°
Maximum Magnification 0.1-0.27x
Minimum Focus Distance 35cm
Optical Design 17 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization No
Filter Size 82mm
Dimensions 88 x 128.5mm
Weight 1,096g (including lens cap and hood)

As it stands, the lens is only available to purchase through Thai retailer Shopee for ฿29,900 (bhat), which converts to roughly $900.

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