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Samyang AF 18mm f/2.8 FE Lens Announced for Sony Full Frame E-mount

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Samyang has announced the new AF 18mm f/2.8 FE lens for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras.

Weighing just 145g (without lens-hood or cap), it is said to be the lightest and smallest 18mm super-wide-angle auto-focus lens currently on the market.

The Samyang AF 18mm F2.8 FE will be available during September with a suggested retail price of $499. Check availability at B&H Photo Video/Adorama.

Samyang AF 18mm f/2.8 FE Lens Specifications

Model Name AF 18mm F2.8 FE
Aperture Range F2.8 ~ 22
Lens optical Construction 9 Elements in 8 Groups
Special lens ASP 3, HR 2, ED 3
Coating UMC
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.25m (0.82ft)
Magnification Ratio x 0.09
Diaphragm Blades 7
Filter Size 58.0mm
Maximum Diameter 63.5mm
Mount Sony FE
Angle of view Full Frame 100.1˚
ASP-C 76.2˚
Length 60.5mm
Weight 145g
AF Motor Linear STM

Innovation in Size: Surprisingly Small but Super-Wide

Whilst various new lenses are being released at the same time as smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras, it is difficult to find wide-angle lenses that have been designed with their weight and size significantly reduced to match the cameras. Samyang’s new AF 18mm F2.8 FE is determined to set a new direction for super-wide-angle lenses.

With autumn just around the corner, the super wide-angle AF 18mm F2.8 FE lens is designed to be exactly what customers are looking for. It has a full-frame 100˚ angle of view, weighs just 145g and fits perfectly in the hand. Coupled with fast aperture and handsome design, this is the perfect lens for mirrorless cameras, whether shooting outdoors or indoors.

Incredible Detail: 9 Elements and 8 Specialty Optics

With a total of 9 lens elements in 8 groups, Samyang use 8 specialty elements (3 Aspherical, 2 High Refractive and 3 Extra Low Dispersion) to create results with incredible sharpness, low chromatic aberration and minimal distortion. This delivers unmatched resolution and colour for landscape, interior and astrophotography. The AF 18mm F2.8 FE lens utilises a Linear STM motor for fast, quiet and accurate focusing, helping the user to capture priceless moments effortlessly.

Released in Time for Autumn Photoshoots

The AF 18mm F2.8 FE is the first super-wide-angle lens in Samyang’s ‘Tiny Series’ (which also includes the AF 35mm F2.8 FE, AF 24mm F2.8 FE and AF 45mm F1.8 FE models), all designed under the concept of being incredibly capable, despite their compact size.

The Samyang AF 18mm F2.8 FE will be available from Samyang stockists during September with a suggested retail price of £349.99.

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