After having teased new lenses set to be announced on March 21st on their European Facebok page, it seems that the lens (or lenses) Samyang is going to announce on 21st have electronic auto-focus built in. That Samyang could announce such a lens was rumored some time ago.
- [Samyang is] studying cine zoom lens. There are no exact launching plan.
- A Canon mount 35mm auto-focus lens is scheduled to be launched 1st half of 2014.
- Mirror lens for DSLR is also scheduled to be launched 1st half~2nd half of 2014.
So, we learn that Samyang is working on Cine lenses, mirror lenses, and on a 35mm auto-focusing lens for Canon mount. Everything points to an announcement of a 35mm AF lens on March 21st, that’s my speculation. In any case there should be new Samyang lenses coming in Q1-Q2 2014. Stay tuned for more.
Samyang (or Bower or Rokinon or Walimex) lenses are well known for their excellent optical properties, but are all manual lenses. The same built quality and optical performance with AF would be welcome by a lot of people, especially if Samyang can mantain their competitive pricing.