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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:43 pm 
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Imagine that!

I'm seeing Samyang coming out with many super-wide angle to semi-telephoto lenses (85 1.4, 35 1.4, 14 2.8, etc). All of which are very inexpensive compared to the Canon/Nikon equivalents; this is due to having focus and apertures set manually. Samyang has also developed cinema lenses as well since their strategy fits that niche well.

My point is, if their strategy is provide good glass without the electronic bells and whistles, why not create some 'fast' MF super-tele lenses?! Many photographers are converting old Canon FD lenses to fit their EF digital bodies. This seems to suit them and their wallets well.

Currently, Samyang is only offering either mirror super-teles or 'slow' zoom super-teles. Why not fast MF super-telephoto prime? Anybody read any rumors about this vein of thought?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:22 pm 
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Interesting train of thought!
Although I have not heard a rumor about it.
You want to start one? :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:25 pm 
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I'd prefer to call it consumer demand. Let's get this buzzing... :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:44 pm 
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Once you get to big apertures (100mm+) at high quality, especially if it's fast, I think there are few shortcuts to be gained to make cheap objectives at a high quality.

Take astronomical scopes for example. Achromatic doublets are relatively cheap to make, I have a 600mm f/5 but it has quite some CA. I also doubt off axis aberrations are well corrected either although I haven't really tested it hard yet. That's only for infinity performance, close focus may be something else.

I think Sigma are doing well in the budget big tele category anyway. I don't think taking out the electronics and making it fully manual would save enough money as most of it will be in the glass.

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