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Samyang adds 85mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8 lenses for Canon EOS R and EOS RP

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF
Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF

Update: Pricing of these lenses has now been anounced.
See the UK and USA prices below.

If you're still trying to decide on the best Canon camera, its full frame EOS R series has been given a boost by the news that independent lens maker Samyang will be making lenses for it.

Samyang has announced at CP+ 2019 that it will be the first independent manufacturer to make lenses for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

Samyang's first two Canon RF-mount lenses (branded Rokinon in the US market) will be an 85mm f/1.4 telephoto and 14mm f/2.8 wide-angle. Both are manual focus primes.

The lenses are part of a series of releases by Samyang in its Spring Collection, that was premiered at CP+ and at the Photography Show in Birmingham, UK. The first of this collection of eight lenses was the Samyang XP 10mm f/3.5.

Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 RF

Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 RF

Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 RF

The Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 RF is an update of a well-respected lens available in other mounts, known for its bokeh characteristics.

The fast telephoto prime has a total of 9 elements in 7 groups, with eight diaphragm blades. An H-ASP lens minimizes various aberrations and maximizes the image quality and contrast from corner to corner even when using a wide open aperture. Ultra-multi-coating promises low reflectivity and excellent contrast and is claimed to offer high transmittance of light while minimizing flare and ghost effects.

The manual focus lens has a minimum focusing of 1m, and has a front filter ring measuring 72mm.

The lens measures 78 x 98.7mm and weighs in at 730g.

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF

The Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF is a Canon-RF-fit version of Samyang's best selling ultra-wideangle prime lens.

It is constructed from 14 elements in 10 groups, with a one H-ASP element, one ASP element and two ED elements in its build. There are six aperture blades.

Measuring 87 x 120mm, and weighing 800g, it does not have a front filter ring due to the bulbous nature of the front element. 

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Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 RF

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 RF
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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 RF

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 RF

Pricing

Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF will cost £362.99, and will be sold in North America as the Rokninon 14mm f/2.8 for Canon RF for $499.

The Samyang MF 85mm f/1.4 RF will sell for £319.99, and in the States will be found as the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 for Canon RF for a retail price of $399.

Read more:
Samyang XP 10mm F3.5 hands-on review

Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.