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Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E

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The Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E full frame and crop cameras has been updated to be the smallest and lightest 50mm prime with this bright aperture, includes fast AF and excellent high resolution.


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  • Extremely bright aperture 50mm prime lens which is the smallest and lightest available at the time of launch
  • High resolution detail right across the frame thanks to a new optical formula with special lens elements
  • Fast and quiet AF from Samyang’s linear stepping motor ideal for both photos and video with excellent subject tracking
  • Reduced focus breathing in the updated design provides smooth focus transitions when shooting movies
  • Updated barrel design with a custom programmable switch, ergonomic rubber focus ring and effective weather sealing
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Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E Summary

In celebration of their 50th anniversary Samyang is busy releasing new lenses including this updated 2nd generation AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E. It joins recently developed lenses like their first ever zoom – the AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE, also for Sony E-mount full frame and crop sensor cameras.

The new AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II offers a host of updates to cater for faster focusing and higher resolution sensors found in Sony cameras since 2016 when the first iteration of this popular lens was released. Resolution has been improved with an updated optical design, AF is faster and quieter and there are also improvements for those who shoot video with reduced focus breathing.

Key Features

  • High resolution from edge to edge from several special lens elements
  • Fast, quiet AF performance
  • Smallest and lightest 50mm prime with a bright f/1.4 aperture
  • Reduced focus breathing
  • Custom switch for greater control
  • 40cm minimum focus distance
  • Weather sealed

With the combination of bright maximum f/1.4 aperture, fast AF and extremely compact design the AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II is an ideal choice for any number of subjects for professional and enthusiast photographers and videographers. These include portraits, street photography, travel, even city and landscapes as well as general day to day shooting or video.

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E in More Detail

Smallest and lightest large aperture 50mm prime lens
The AF 50mm F1.4 FE II is the smallest measuring 88.9mm in length and lightest – weighing just 420g among all large aperture standard 50mm focal length lenses compatible with full frame Sony FE.

Excellent resolution across the image
Optimum resolution for high resolution cameras is achieved through an advanced optical design which includes 11 lens elements arranged into 8 groups. Special lenses include 2 ASP, 3 HR and 1 ED element. Combined with Sony's full-frame image sensor this lens delivers superior sharpness and contrast in all areas of the image, satisfying even the most demanding users. The updated lens renders a 45.7º angle of view on full frame and 31.1º for APS-C sensors.

Fast and quiet AF performance
The AF operates quietly and smoothly when shooting video and tracks subjects accurately and quickly for photography thanks to Samyang's Linear STM (Stepping Motor). This presents an excellent option for both photographers and videographers, with quieter and more accurate control of the focusing lens groups.

Bright f/1.4 aperture for impressive background blur and bokeh
The AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II uses a large diameter 9-bladed aperture to provide smooth background blur, effectively separating the subject from the background, using a shallow depth of field and adding drama to the scene. In addition, the 9 diaphragm blades create smooth and natural bokeh with light splitting for pleasing bokeh effects.

Less focus breathing for video
The updated Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II has minimised focus breathing so there is almost no change in the angle of view when focusing. This is effective when shooting movies with the subject moving forwards and backwards or focusing from front to back.

Custom lens barrel switch
Samyang has added a custom switch which can be set for adjustment of the aperture by rotating the focus ring. Using the optional Samyang Lens Station for Sony you can setup the mode to suit your own preference, with more functionality promised through future firmware updates.

Short minimum focal distance
The lens even more versatile and able to produce a unique perspective close to the subject with a minimum focus distance of just 40cm. This makes it easier to take dramatic close-up shots of anything from food to portraits and nature.

Weather Sealed design
The 50mm prime has a micro-patterned rubber focus ring which feels great to operate as well as weather sealing which helps to protect the lens from light rain, snow and dust.

What’s in the box

  • Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE Mark II Lens for Sony E
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch

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Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens Specifications

Closest Focusing Distance 0.40m
Diagonal Angle of View 45.7° (full-frame), 31.1° (APS-C)
Dimensions 88.9mm
Filter Size 72mm
Lens Construction 11 elements in 8 groups
Lens Type Fast aperture, autofocus, standard focal length
Maximum Aperture F1.4
Minimum Aperture F16
Mount Type Sony FE
No. Diaphragm Blades 9
Sensor Coverage Full-Frame 36x24mm
Weather Proof Yes
Weight 420g (without lens cap or hood)
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Autofocus: N/A
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: Yes
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Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
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Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 50 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: N/A
Groups: N/A
Hood supplied: N/A
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
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Maximum focal length: 50
Maximum magnification: N/A
Maximum aperture (number): N/A
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 50
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): N/A
Minimum aperture (number): N/A
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Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: N/A
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: N/A
Tripod collar: N/A
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Wide/Tele: N/A
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Best For Holiday and Landscape: Yes
Best For Interior and Architecture: N/A
Best For Fashion and Portrait: N/A
Best For Macro and Still Life: Yes
Best For Astro: Yes
Best For Street: Yes
Best For Wildlife and Sport: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

Technology has advanced considerably since the 2016 release of the original version of this lens, which was Samyang’s first ever Autofocus model. This 2nd generation mark II AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II has been completely redesigned to embrace higher resolution sensors as well as faster Autofocus capabilities. To this end, the lens includes Samyang’s fast and quiet linear stepping motor which combines with renowned Sony focus algorithms to achieve fast subject acquisition along with great tracking for both stills and video. Resolving power is also improved, with several special optical elements rendering high resolution detail throughout the image. The exterior barrel features Samyang’s updated rubber ring design which provides comfortable ergonomic feedback and there’s now a custom switch as well as invaluable weather sealing.

Despite these improvements the lens remains extremely compact and lightweight, being the lightest and smallest in its class at the time of launch. It is also very cost effective, offering users an excellent third party alternative to the many 50mm primes available for Sony cameras. For users who want to play with depth of field and achieve fine focal planes or work in low light, this presents an excellent option without the weight penalty typically associated with wide aperture standard prime lenses of this quality.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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