Although the fast-aperture lenses are designed for use on full-frame cameras, they can also be used on crop-sensor bodies and are available in six mounts (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon M and Micro Four-Thirds).
Let’s start with the MF 14mm F2.8 Mk2, which is a wide-angle optic suitable for photography genres such as architecture, astrophotography and landscapes. With a 115.7˚ angle of view, Samyang says the lens has ‘superb sharpness from corner to corner, even at its maximum wide-open aperture’, and features a lens hood to block unwanted rays from hitting the front element.
The MF 14mm F2.8 Mk2 sees new features that improve upon the original design including “Focus Lock” which enables users to lock the focus ring at a specific point, and “De-click” which sees a de-clicked aperture option added to the lens to allow fine adjustment between F-stops.
The lens uses a 9-blade aperture design and the exterior of the weather-sealed lens has also been upgraded and now features a new micro-pattern texture on the rubber focus ring.
Samyang’s new MF 85mm F1.4 Mk2 also sees a raft of updates and the combination of focal length and fast aperture means this optic is the perfect choice for flattering portraiture image-making. Like the wide-angle prime, the MF 85mm F1.4 Mk2 features a de-clicked aperture option and is built around a 9 elements in 7 groups design.
Also weather sealed for use in harsh conditions the 85mm features a Hybrid Aspherical lens element, which Samyang explains minimises ‘spherical aberration and distortion, for pin-sharp image quality.