Samyang has announced the release of a full-frame autofocus 135mm f/1.8 lens for Sony mirrorless camera systems.

After recently expanding its autofocus f/1.8 series line-up to include the AF 135mm F1.8 FE lens, Samyang Corporation, which also markets its lenses under the Rokinon brand in the United States, has introduced the AF 135mm F1.8 FE lens, which is equipped with a variety of additional features to meet the needs of many people who have previously used the MF 135mm F2.0 lens.

Portraits, astrophotography, landscape photography, and videography are all stated to be among the applications for the new AF 135mm f/1.8 FE telephoto lens. It incorporates well-known features such as a focus lock button and a custom switch, but it also includes Samyang’s innovative focus range limiter switch, which is exclusive to this model. Sony FE mount will be accessible, but it can also be used with Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras, according to the company.

With the introduction of the new Samyang/Rokinon AF 135mm F1.8 FE, the Auto Focus F1.8 FE series now comprises focal lengths of 24mm, 35mm, 45mm, 75mm, and 135mm, bringing the total number of focal lengths in the series to eight, ranging from wide-angle to telephoto.
In order to provide smooth background blur and effective separation of the subject from the backdrop, the AF 135mm f/1.8 FE employs a large-diameter 11-blade aperture, which is used in conjunction with a shallow depth of field to achieve this. It is also equipped with an Ultra-precision Aspherical lens, which produces bokeh that is both natural and polished in its appearance.

This smooth bokeh allows you to make photographs that beautifully showcase your subjects against magnificent backgrounds, whether you’re photographing portraits, close-ups, or even cityscapes with your camera. Because of its Linear STM (Stepping Motor), the autofocus not only tracks subjects precisely and rapidly, but it also performs silently and smoothly when recording video. This makes it ideal for both photographers and videographers who are searching for quieter and more accurate controls when focusing.

The Focus Hold button, Custom Switch, and Focus Range Limiter are all important elements of this lens, and they can all be customized. The custom switch may be configured to allow quiet aperture change by spinning the focus ring. By utilizing the optional Lens Station, you can customize the mode to fit your personal preferences, as well as other capabilities that will be provided in the future through firmware updates. While the focus button hold is activated by pushing the button on the lens, the lens will remain locked at that focusing distance for the duration of the session.

Last but not least, there is the focus range limiter, which only operates in AF mode but can be useful to speed up focusing once the distance between an object and the camera has been determined. The focus range limiter can be moved forward or backward to select the focus range in the manner described below.

Full: The autofocus range is set between infinity and 0.69 meters, which is the minimum focus distance.

0.69m – 2m: The autofocus range is set between 0.69m and 2m, which is ideal for close-up photography.

1.5m – ∞: The autofocus range is set to 1.5m to infinity, which is sufficient for most regular photography situations.

Despite the fact that this is a 135mm telephoto lens, Samyang has been able to efficiently control aberration at all focusing distances with this camera. A minimum focus distance of just 69cm (2.26ft) and a maximum magnification of 0.243x for close-up photography have also been accomplished. All things considered, this looks like it will be a fantastic addition to any photographer’s or cinematographer’s toolkit.

The lens will be available for purchase in March for $999 / £799 (about). The price in Australia has not yet been established, however it is estimated to be around AU$1,400.

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