Hands-On With the Brand New Samyang Autofocus 12mm f/2 for Fujifilm Cameras

Samyang/Rokinon has just announced its first autofocus lens for Fujifilm X-mount cameras: the AF 12mm f/2 X. Compact and very affordable, how well does it perform?

Samyang/Rokinon has already forged a reputation for good quality, highly affordable glass for Sony’s E mount, and this lens could be the first of several that will offer Fujifilm photographers more choice at accessible price points.

The new lens appears to be a direct upgrade to the existing manual focus 12mm lens and is pretty much identical to the version released for Sony APS-C cameras released earlier this year. 12 elements sit in 10 groups, 5 of which are specialized, and there are 7 diaphragm blades. The minimum focusing distance is 7.9“ (20 cm), and the front filter thread is 62mm.

The lens is the full frame equivalent of 18mm and offers an angle of view of 99.1 degrees. In keeping with Samyang’s other lenses, this is very lightweight, at just 7.5 oz (212 g).

One of the most appealing features of this lens will be its price: expected to cost a mere $499, this is going to be an affordable option for X mount. You can expect to see it listed on B&H Photo here very shortly. Will you be placing an order? Let us know in the comments below.

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