7 reasons you need Samyang’s new 45mm prime

More and more third-party manufacturers appear to be making lenses for the increasingly popular E-mout, which means Sony shooters have never been so spoilt for optical choice than they are now. The latest lens to break cover is Samyang’s new AF 45mm F1.8 FE and here’s why you should consider adding this optic to your kit bag.

Versatile focal length: The AF 45mm F1.8FE is Samyang’s seventh E-mount autofocus lens and has been designed for full-frame Sony cameras. This optic sports a very versatile focal length, making it suitable for everything from landscape use to street photography. Plus, when used on a Sony crop-sensor camera, the focal length switches up to 67.5mm, offering an even more flattering perspective for portraiture work.

The 45mm focal length offers less distortion than 35mm lenses and a wider angle than 50mm.

Fast aperture: A fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 brings a host of benefits. Not only are photographers aperture able to create very shallow depths of field – hugely useful for making subjects stand out in the frame – but it also enables shooters to achieve a fast shutter speed in low light conditions. This can help prevent camera shake creeping into the frame and avoid you pushing ISO levels too high.

Close focusing distance: Although it’s not a macro lens, the AF 45mm F1.8 FE does boasts an impressive close focusing distance feature of just 45cm. This should enable photographers to get frame-filling images of smaller subjects to reveal detail and texture.

The 45mm lens can capture close up subjects. Image by Samyang/Daniel Fische

Lightweight: The Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE will definitely be of appeal to Sony shooters who want to travel light and are keen to save on space. The compact lens measures just 5.61cm long and tips the scales at only 162g. In short, you’ll struggle to find a more portable prime optic.

This tiny lens weighs in at just 162g.

Bokehlicious: The Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is built around a 7 lens elements in 6 groups design that includes two ASP (Aspherical) optics and 1 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element. What’s more, the lens features a 9-blade diaphragm, which should deliver some awesome bokeh in your images.

Fast autofocus: Packing Samyang’s Linear Activator Step Motor technology, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE aims to deliver fast and smooth autofocus. Because there will be minimal vibrations when focusing, the lens should also prove suitable for video work, too.

With autofocus, the Samyang optic also includes a wide focus ring for manual work.

Price: Expected to be available from the end of May, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE also carries a decent price-tag and will cost photographers £349.