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Samyang 24mm shipping. Kenko 400mm full specs.


A short break from rumors. There are two REAL news to report :)

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 for Four Thirds:
Olympus hasn’t unveiled any new Four Thirds lens for a very long time now. But Samyang is making their homework and released an amazing 24mm f/1.4 prime lens. And it is now shipping! That’s the official press release from sent to me by Samyang:
Optics of the lens has been constructed based on the system of 13 lenses arranged in 12 groups. It should be noted that four lenses has been made of the low-dispersion glass (ED), while two another are aspherical lenses. We have also employed multi-layered and anti-reflective coatings of UMC type adding to the perfect light transmission. Samyang 24 mm F1.4 ED AS IF UMC has been designed to work with most popular reflex cameras produced by renown manufacturers and equipped with small-image sensors
or smaller. The lens will be available with a mount for the following systems: Canon, Four Thirds, Nikon AE, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony Alpha.
36-months guarantee is provided for Samyang 24mm 1:1.4 ED AS IF UMC.
599 EUR gross – mount: Canon, Four-thirds, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony

I don’t know yet where you can preorder the lens. You can find Samyang lenses for Olympus on eBay (Click here) and branded as Rokinon at BHphoto (Click here).

Kenko 400mm f/8.0 for Micro Four Thirds:
You can now read the full specs of the new 400mm Kenko lens at Kenko Japan (Click here).

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been eyeing there mirror lenses for some time but they are usually just too large. The kenko seems to be a new design and smaller in size. If the price is within my impulse buying range i might buy it.

    • Fan

      I think you will get more detail and sharpness from a 300mm crop than from this. So the Lumix 100-300mm zoom is probably better, and stabilized and with AF too.

    • anonymous

      the images are quite deceptive, it looks smaller, but looking at the specifications, it’s the same diameter and longer than the other versions, such as for canon or nikon. Seems they just added a native m4/3 mount to the lens. (which you probably will pay a premium for)

  • Amateur

    So… the lens equivalence should be a 48mm? Or is it a 12mm?

    • Fan

      48mm equiv

  • TJ

    I contacted Rokinon today. They told me the lens won’t be shipping in the United States for 3-4 weeks. Lame.

  • nicwalmsley

    With the Kenko 400mm F8, it is available for a few different mounts. Does the 400mm translate to 800mm equivalent on the m43? That is pretty long, yeah?

    And it needs an adaptor for m43 too, by the looks?

    • Daemonius

      Its T2 mount, so adapter will be probably packed with it (T2 to m4/3s in this case).

      800mm f16 equiv (light is still f8 ofc). Yea really long, I guess tripod only if you dont use Olympus.

      • nicwalmsley

        Thanks. Do you think it might be an option for shooting the moon or stars?

      • Mr. Reeee

        It’s a 400mm mirror lens. Cool! f8 is pretty slow, but it shouldn’t cost a kidney to buy.

        112mm long for M4/3 mount, 74mm diameter. It uses a 67mm filter. No weight mentioned.

        Tripod? You’d be nuts NOT to use one!
        IBIS would be little help for something as long as that.

      • dumbo

        400mm. Perving on the beach takes on a whole new meaning lol

  • Mar

    Mirror lens on small high density sensor… good luck with that :)

    • Daemonius

      Mirror lens can be good, there are some pretty decent that was made in past. Dunno what kind will this be, Kenko is decent manufacturer.

  • Andrew

    So Samyang 24mm f/1.4, Manual focus, $500 or so, vs. Panasonic 25mm f/1.4, auto focus and much smaller size, sub $600. Hm.

    • Fan

      Go for the Panny!

    • Rose

      Skip both and get the Panasonc 20mm f/1.7 for a lot less.

  • Baha

    samyang for 4/3 or m4/3?

  • Daemonius

    You can have this Samyang lens for long time, simply pick your favorite mount and use adapter to 4/3s or m4/3s. Theres nothing more in this lens, they are all same for every camera. Its pretty much like vintage lens, only quite a bit better (I mean this lens work really good on A900 or D3X!).

    • Promit

      Plus at that price, couldn’t you just buy the AF-capable Pana-Leica instead?

  • Richard_K

    Does anyone know its dimension and weight?
    Samyang 35mm is really good, but this one looks bulky.

    • TVJ

      It’s smaller than the 35mm, but not my much. There are shots on the Samyang site with the two lenses side-by-side.

  • Jason

    admin, do you know anything about a new mft macro?

    • admin

      yep. Coming soon on 43rumors…

      • nicwalmsley

        and the other prime? 17mm or 25?

        • Jesper

          Or 75 F1.4 :D

          • Jesper

            Oh yeah! You read it here first!! The new lens

            • nicwalmsley


  • “unique Ringuboke”
    I’m sold.

  • Mundstrøm

    Simple maths when attaching full-frame lenses to micro four thirds via adapters: double those mm values.

    I use an Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm on my Lumix G2, it becomes a 140-600mm on my camera. It’s great for nature photography. It’s great for lunar photography. It’s not very fast, but that’s not the adapter’s fault, there’s no glass in the adapter to cause any reduction in stops, it’s just that zooms usually contain so much glass they rarely go below ƒ4.5…

    so… that Kenko lens looks sssloooowww, to be honest. You’ll need to use very high ISO and have masses of light to get decent results.

    • Matt

      Keep in mind the focal length of the lens does not change when you use a full frame lens on a m4/3rds camera.

  • knipser

    Good morning admin!

    New zuikos please ;-)

  • Salty

    the 24mm makes a lot of sense on full frame, where a Canon 24mm 1.4 L costs £1400, this costs a fraction of that with probably similar image quality at the expense of AF, weather sealing etc.

    Makes no sense at all on a crop sensor to me.

    • Olaf

      It makes just as much sense as a 50mm(48mm) f/1.4 on a 35mm system…..

      • Salty

        But it costs more than existing smaller, lighter and cheaper lenses that already exist and have AF. It’s designed for a full frame sensor. There is no reason to buy it for micro 4/3

      • Leu


        My best and most pushable photos come off an old 24mm viv f2 on a GH2.

  • Me

    Way too large.

  • Mundstrøm

    Ommigosh – the whole crop/DOF thing – way too geeky. Check here:

  • awaler

    Headline has 40mm Kenko, Text has 400mm for it.
    I guess 400mm is correct.
    Am I correct?

  • at

    You can get a Panasonic Leica DG 25mm f1.4 at that price if you are using M4/3. Ha ha…

  • Steve

    Kenko sells for ~22,000 yen ($275) and is in stock in Japan already…

  • awaler

    Headline still incorrect, should read 400mm i.s.o. 40mm

    • awaler

      Now corrected, thx

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