Way back in 2016, Samyang launched its first autofocus lens – a 50mm prime optic for Sony’s E-mount cameras. Well, fast forward five years and Samyang has released the AF 50mm F1.4 FE II – an updated version that offers pro-level features for a value-for-money price-tag.
Samyang says the new 50mm is the smallest and lightest among all the large-aperture standard 50mm focal length lenses compatible with the Sony FE mount, with the lens measuring just 88.9mm and tipping the scales at only 420g. Suitable for wedding photography, portraiture work and even street photography, the focal length switches up to 75mm when used with a crop APS-C sensor Sony, such as the a6600.
With a ‘11 lens elements in 8 groups’ design that includes two ASP elements, and one ED element, the lens also includes Samyang’s Linear STM (Stepping Motor) technology that should deliver fast and accurate focus. What’s more, bokeh fans will be pleased to hear the lens features a large-diameter 9-bladed aperture to make the most of the background blur.
Samyang says the AF 50mm F1.4 FE II has ‘minimised focus breathing, so there is almost no change in the angle of view when focusing and therefore less screen shake’. This reinforces the lens’ credentials as a great option for Sony videographers, who want to take advantage of the fast f/1.4 aperture to capture shallow depths of field in their footage.
Other features of the AF 50mm F1.4 FE II include the presence of a custom switch on the side of the lens barrel that can be set to enable the aperture to be adjusted by rotating the focus ring. A minimum focusing distance of 40cm will enable photographers to get in close on smaller subjects, which will come in handy when capturing more closely-cropped headshots.
Lastly, the AF 50mm F1.4 FE II features a robust build, with weather-sealing that protects from moisture and dust and the focus ring features a micro-patterned rubber focus ring to aid operation. The Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II is expected to ship from early December and will cost around £600.