Interview With Samyang Optics Representative About Their Future Plans (cine lenses to come, not working on AF lenses)

Samyang Optics

Will Samyang announce a 7.5mm fish-lens on April 28th? Image above is courtesy of DicaHub.

update: there was a typo in the title. Correct is: not working on AF lenses.

Dicahub (translated) interviewed a Samyang Optics rep about their plans, and about what Samyang might announce on April 28th. The interview was conducted at the P&I Show 2014.

Here is a summary of the interview:

Q(=DicaHub): are you working on AF lenses?
A(=Samyang Optics rep.): we are not working on AF lenses.
Q: Is it true you wrote the comments on your facebook page? [editors note: there were comments on Facebook by Samyang itself that looked like a leak and were suggesting a 35mm AF lens for Canon was set to come]
A: Yes, but the comments were deleted because it was the result of miscommunication between site administrators. Actually we had discussed with Canon, Nikon and others about AF lenses. There are several issues like licensing.
Q: Is it difficult to work on AF lenses of open mounts like Micro Four-thirds or E mounts?
A: Open mounts like E mount also open only basic informations, so we need more discussion to develop AF lenses. In this case such issues weren’t solved also.
Q: Is same with Micro Four-Thirds?
A: Micro Four-Thirds also open only basic informations like aperture, so we need more discussion.
Q: Don’t you have any plan to support electric contacts like A(perture)?
A: We already have AD AE version for Nikon. We hope to support other brands, and we are working to produce lenses supporting A contact for Canon because the share of Canon is still largest.
Q: What lenses will be announced on April 28th?
A: We are preparing cine lenses and other stuff
Q: I think the teaser image shows a lens that could be a 7.5mm f/3.5 fish-eye lens. If you can confirm, will you announce the cine version of 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye also?
A: This is… [no clear answer was given]

I contacted Dicahub to inquiry the issue further. According to DicaHub, Samyang might announce at least 2 cine lenses (one being a 7.5mm fish-eye), and possibly a new lens line-up supporting electronic aperture contact (for Canon).

That’s it. We can assume there will be new Samyang cine lenses announced on April 28th, one of them being a 7.5mm fish-eye lens. Personally, I am still hoping there will also be an AF lens for Canon mounts. And I think Samyang has a 35mm AF lens for Canon mounts on the radar.

[via Dicahub] Samyang

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You Will Newer Gate-Check Your Gear Again After Having Seen This Video

This is going viral. The video shows how a couple of Air Canada baggage handlers were moving the passenger’s luggage that had to be gate-checked because oversized for the plane cabin’s overhead bin. Filmed last Thursday by a passenger on the plane.

The advice is: take your gear out if you have to handle your luggage over for gate-checking! Air Canada is investigating the incident, and most probably will find who is responsible. But still: gate-checked luggage is not where you should keep your precious gear, so is not checked-in luggage in general.

When I travel by plane my gear is always with me in the cabin. It helps to be among the first in the boarding queue, as sometimes they discover at the end that there is not enough space left over in the overhead bins, and you are asked to gate-check your luggage even if it is not oversized. In this case I would politely tell them that I have some $$$ of photographic equipment that has to board with me.

Happy Easter! :-)

[CBC News via PetaPixel]

More Rumors About Samyang’s Announcement On April 28th (35mm AF lens for Canon?)


Yesterday Samyang teased us on Facebook with an image saying:

The second Step of Samyang Optics in 2014Samyang Optics invites you to join the journey to the next level of creativity on April 28th 2014. We hope you to enjoy our proud new products.

My guess is Samyang might announce a new line of auto-focusing lenses. This was rumored in the past. But today there is more to speculate about.

Dicahub (translated) did some research and found a few interesting things. It seems that some comments to the teaser have been deleted from Samyang Korea’s Facebook page. Fortunately, someone made screenshots an posted it to forums (here and here, both in Korean). If you think the image is a fake consider that two different screenshots have been posted to two different forums.

If you look at the picture above, you can see that the comments we are talking about have been made not by users, but by Samyang itself (i.e. Samyang’s FB administrator). The second line in the pic refers to a 35mm auto-focusing lens for Canon (or am I wrong?). Did Samyang inadvertently leak information they had to delete afterwards?

Dicahub has more rumors about Samyang to report:

  • It’s a few years that Samyang is discussing an AF lens for Nikon.
  • It appears to be pretty plausible that Samyang might announce lenses that support electronic contacts on Canon mounts (at least aperture). I am not sure if I lost something in translation, the rumor mentions a “support for Canon A contact”
  • Lighter and more compact lenses are also on the radar
  • Mid telephoto lenses with brighter aperture might also be planned

Apparently the process of  implementing AF in Samyang lenses is slowed down by licensing issues (with both Canon and Nikon).

[via Dicahub]


What Is Samyang Going To Announce On April 28th (Auto-Focus, 50mm?)


A Samyang teaser showed up on Facebook, it says: The second Step of Samyang Optics in 2014Samyang Optics invites you to join the journey to the next level of creativity on April 28th 2014. We hope you to enjoy our proud new products.

Plural, so possibly 2 or more new Samyang lenses. A 50mm and 85mm could be on the radar. In the past there were rumors Samyang may announce auto-focusing lenses (so far Samyang lenses are manual focus only). Since Samyang invites us to join them on the next level of creativity and to enjoy [their] proud new products, an announcement of an auto-focusing Samyang lens is still a possibility. The “second step” mentioned in the title of the teaser could also point in this direction.

What do you think?

Samyang lenses come branded with various names: SamyangWalimexRokinonOptekaFalconVivitarBower [via Samyang on FB]