After Nikon introduced its 3 new lenses at the beginning of this month, the turn has now come for Samyang, which announced two versions of its new 100mm macro lens - Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro and Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro. This is practically the first significant action that this Korean lens manufacturer has taken ever since last year's Photokina and its introduction of two lenses Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC in August 2014.
These two fixed lenses are virtually identical as far as their internal structures are concerned, whereby the Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro is aimed at still photographers, while the Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro is designed for shooting video. Both lenses feature 15 elements in 12 groups, yet the VDSLR version is equipped with an uncoupled aperture ring and gears around both aperture and focus controls.
The diaphragm of these lenses is in the form of 9 rounded blades, and they also boast Samyang's Ultra Multi Coating (UMC), which reduces internal reflections. The minimum focus distance is 30cm/1ft, whereas the filter diameter is 67mm. According to the statements from the company, both macro lenses will be offered for the following mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fuji X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Four Thirds, and Micro Four Thirds. What should also be emphasized is that the lenses have no electronic connections, so communication with camera bodies will be unavailable.
Both new Samyang lenses are already available on the market, while their prices are the following: the Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro is priced at £389.99, while the Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro is available for £429.99.