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Samyang introduces the MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 and MF 85mm f/1.4 MK2

Samyang has announced two updated manual focus lenses, the MF 14mm f/2.8 MK2 and the MF 85mm f/1.4 MK2, both of their predecessors were well-reviewed for their great value.

Samyang has added a big new feature called “de-click” for filmmakers, it allows you to remove the clicking sensation from the aperture ring.

Both lenses are also now weather-sealed and have an upgraded focus ring.

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 MK2

Introducing the MF 14mm F2.8 MK2, the next-generation lens that inherits the famous wide-angle lens Samyang Optics 14mm. While maintaining the conventional imaging quality that is loved by customers around the world, we have added various functions. The’Focus Lock ‘function and the’De-click’ function allows the aperture ring to be connected smoothly when recording a movie. In addition, by adopting weather sealing, you can shoot impressive scenery even in bad weather. The wide-angle of 115.7 ° makes it suitable for shooting vast landscapes and astronomical photographs, and the 9 diaphragm blades allow you to enjoy the dramatic expression of light when shooting at night.

Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 MK2

The Samyang 85mm manual focus lens released in 2008 is a best-selling product that is loved by customers around the world due to its outstanding expressive power. Introducing a next-generation manual focus lens that reflects the shooting trends and has significantly improved usability. The MF 85mm F1.4 MK2 is even easier to use due to its ‘De-click ‘function, weather sealing, and a new focus ring design. The round and beautiful bokeh and imaging quality peculiar to this product were maintained. Experience the new MF 85mm lens optimized for everyday portrait photography and still life photography.

 

geekyrocketguy

I'm New Here
Jul 31, 2013
13
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The Roki 14 2.8 has outrageous vignetting and mustache distortion, and the 85 1.4 shifts focus when you stop down. I extensively used both of these for night photography, but eventually moved on to other lenses without these problems. They really need optical updates, not just weather sealing and a declickable aperture ring.
 

Profit007

EOS T7i
Nov 2, 2014
59
40
My Samyang 14mm Mk1 is just terrible optically. It's true there are times when the issues don't show or matter, but then there are the other times!
After crying about the results I bought the Canon 14mm, which I should have just bought initially.

As they say: 'buy once, cry once' (at the price, but then never again).
 
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privatebydesign

Would you take advice from a cartoons stuffed toy?
Jan 29, 2011
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My Samyang 14mm Mk1 is just terrible optically. It's true there are times when the issues don't show or matter, but then there are the other times!
After crying about the results I bought the Canon 14mm, which I should have just bought initially.

As they say: 'buy once, cry once' (at the price, but then never again).
I used two copies of the Canon 14mm MkII and was extremely disappointed in both, I actually got better results from the old 15mm fisheye and defishing it with a little utility called Fisheye-Hemi.

Nowadays I use the 11-24 which blows the 14mm prime out of the water when compared at 14mm.

 
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PFloyd

EOS 80D
Aug 20, 2019
6
5
So they only mention weather-sealing and an updated aperture ring . . . no mention of optics changes, other than "maintaining the conventional imaging quality that is loved by customers around the world". If those are the only significant (if you can call it that) differences, I'll be buying the MK1 as soon as the price inevitably drops. I was about to buy the MK1 this week anyway, but now I'll probably just wait a few weeks and get a better deal.
 

melgross

EOS 7D MK II
Nov 2, 2016
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I never used their lenses, but from people I know who did, well they’re ok lenses. No point in using them on newer cameras though as the optical shortcomings are going to be more obvious with higher rez sensors. The sensors back then were much lower in IQ.
 

Del Paso

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Aug 9, 2018
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I used two copies of the Canon 14mm MkII and was extremely disappointed in both, I actually got better results from the old 15mm fisheye and defishing it with a little utility called Fisheye-Hemi.

Nowadays I use the 11-24 which blows the 14mm prime out of the water when compared at 14mm.

I'm a bit surprised.
My EF 14 II is sharp, contrasty, even in the corners. I really love it ! As to the 11-24, I have no opinion, since i've never used it. But its weight is certainly a drawback for longer hikes...