It may not be a household name, but Samyang has been cranking out high-quality optics since 1972. This week at Germany’s biennial Photokina trade show, the Korean company unveiled a prototype of a 10mm f/2.8 lens for DSLR cameras that uses APS-C and DX “crop” sensors. That’s equivalent to a 15mm or 16mm lens on a full-frame DSLR.
The lens’s short focus length and rectilinear imaging system provide an extra-wide 110-degree angle of view (107 degrees for the Canon version), making the lens a good choice for architectural and landscape shooting. A rectilinear lens stretches objects near the edges of the frame to prevent straight lines from curving. Details regarding optical construction, available mounts, and pricing were not announced. The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 lens is expected to go on sale in late 2012 or early 2013.
Earlier this week, Samyang announced a 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift perspective-control lens. The tilt-shift function allows adjustment of the focus plane angle by +/−8.5 degrees and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/−12 millimeters. The lens mount and tilt-shift section can be rotated on the optical axis. The lens will be sold with mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony A. Pricing and availability has not yet been disclosed.