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Samyang reinvents its classic 14mm and 85mm primes

Mark II versions of affordable popular full-frame lenses break cover…

Third-party lens manufacturer Samyang has announced improved versions of two lenses from its manual focus optic range after pulling the covers off the MF 14mm f2.8 Mk2 and MF 85mm F1.4 Mk2.

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.

Example image taken with MF 14mm F2.8 Mk2 by Samyang/ Martijn Hermans

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.

Example image taken with MF 14mm F2.8 Mk2 by Samyang / Donghwan Shin.

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.

Example image taken with MF 14mm F2.8 Mk2 by Samyang / Donghwan Shin.

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.

Example image taken with MF85mm F1.4 Mk2 by Samyang / Martijn Hermans

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.

Example image taken with MF85mm F1.4 Mk2 by Samyang / Martijn Hermans

Expected to ship from June, price-tags for the MF 14mm f2.8 Mk2 and MF 85mm F1.4 Mk2 lenses will start from £359 depending on model and lens fitment.

Example image taken with MF85mm F1.4 Mk2 by Samyang / Christopher Frost