Samyang has officially announced the 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens, which has been mentioned within the rumor mill and teased by the company in late March.
Here is another example of the rumor mill getting it fairly right: Samyang has unveiled the 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens. This product was rumored in the second half of March 2015 by a trusted source, who said that the lens is coming this summer.
On March 27, Samyang posted a teaser on its Facebook page with a “D-6” writing in it. Roughly six days later, the 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens is official along with its cine counterpart, the 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro.
Samyang introduces 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens
The brand new Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens is a telephoto prime lens with manual focus, which offers a magnification rate of 1:1. It is designed for close-up shots of tiny insects or colorful flowers by providing vivid images and out-of-focus backgrounds.
The company says that this optic can be used by landscape and portrait photographers as well. Its focal length and bright aperture are perfect for portraiture, while landscape photography is not confined to using a wide-angle lens.
Samyang has designed the lens for full frame image sensors and it will be released for up to 10 mounts, including Canon EF, Canon EF-M, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, and Four Thirds.
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens provides high image quality
Its product description reveals that the lens is made out of 15 elements in 12 groups, which include a high-refractive element and an extra low-dispersion element. These two will reduce chromatic aberration and light dispersion.
Additionally, an Ultra Multi Coating will cut down other optical defects, such as ghosting and flaring. The maximum aperture of f/2.8 is provided by a circular 9-blade aperture.
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro lens features a minimum focusing distance of 1 foot / 30 centimeters. The optic measures 72.5mm in diameter and about 149mm in length, has a 67mm filter thread, and weighs about 1.69 lbs / 770 grams.
Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro lens is the official cine version for videographers
The videography version of this lens features a similar construction and design. Its dimensions are very similar, just like its optical construction. Moreover, the Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC Macro lens is compatible with the same camera mounts.
The difference is that this is a cine lens with a T3.1 uncoupled aperture, which is perfect for movie production.
No availability details have been confirmed. However, Samyang says that both optics are coming “soon” and are affordable. A leaked listing suggested the photo and cine versions are coming out in late April for a price around $550 each.