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Cine Auto-Focus Lens, New Addition to V-AF Series

2023-12-07

Cine Auto-Focus Lens, New Addition to V-AF Series

Compact and Lightweight Cine Autofocus Lens: V-AF 100mm T2.3 FE



On December 7, 2023, optical specialist company Samyang Optics officially releases a new model in its V-AF series of compact and lightweight cine autofocus lenses, the V-AF 100mm T2.3 FE. The V-AF series currently includes lenses with focal lengths of 24mm, 35mm, 45mm, and 75mm, all with a fast T1.9 aperture, providing a diverse lineup for shooting in various scenarios, now extending up to 100mm. Additionally, Samyang will introduce the 20mm T1.9 lens in the first half of the coming year.



 

 

Launched for the first time in 2022, the V-AF series lenses combine essential characteristics of modern cinema lenses with a compact size and convenient features, catering to both solo content creators and professional filmmakers.


 

V-AF 100mm T2.3 FE

The compact and lightweight V-AF 100mm T2.3 FE lens enables distortion-free image capture, offering an ideal perspective for impressive portrait photography and video shooting with the beautiful background blur of its bright T2.3 aperture. Supporting up to 8K resolution, these lenses provide consistent color reproduction across various focal lengths, reducing post-processing time. Despite being slightly longer than other lenses in the series, the lens maintains a form factor of 280g, ensuring convenience during lens changes in gimbal/drone environments. Moreover, the distinct maximum aperture of T1.9(100mm T2.3) delivers sharp images in low-light conditions and shallow depth of field, suitable for indoor and nighttime shooting.


The announcement of the 100mm T2.3 FE lens holds significance as it is compatible with the upcoming V-AF dedicated accessory, the anamorphic adapter, enhancing the professional video shooting experience. Compatible lenses within the V-AF series for the anamorphic adapter include the V-AF 35mm T1.9 FE, 45mm T1.9 FE, and 75mm T1.9 FE.




Key Features

• Smooth and precise AF performance for cinematic expressions

• Up to 8K resolution from wide-angle to short telephoto with consistent color reproduction

• Bright T1.9 (100mm T2.3) aperture for sharp images in low-light and shallow depth of field

• Lightweight at 280g with a unified form factor, reducing the burden on the shooter and

 optimizing for gimbal/drone use

• Tally Lamp for easy monitoring of shooting status from the front and side of the lens

• New focus ring design allows Follow Focus attachment without additional accessories

• Front electronic contacts enable connection to V-AF dedicated accessories




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Detailed information about the V-AF series can be found on the official Samyang Optics website and social media channels.


* Website : http://www.samyanglens.com 

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* Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/samyanglensglobal

* YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/samyanglens

* TikTokhttps://www.tiktok.com/@samyanglensglobal

 

 

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Samyang’s Guide to Achieving the Optimal Angle of View

The perfect spacing and distance are always necessary when shooting all kinds of subjects, including people, to give them a proper relationship with the beautiful space around them. So, what’s the exact distance that helps you best appreciate a work of art, or a photo?

The correct answer is the diagonal length of the full frame of a subject.

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The best standpoint from which to appreciate the full view of a subject is the distance of the diagonal length of the subject frame. This wider angle is superior to standing closer at a 50 degree angle to get a more detailed view. This notion of an ideal distance or view point is also applicable in the world of photography.

For still images, keeping a distance equal to the diagonal length of the full image surface is recommended. The full frame sensor of a digital camera is 36 x 24mm and the diagonal length is 43.26mm so any distance close to this number is nearer to the ideal than the currently accepted industry standard of 50mm.

Back when film cameras were common, 45mm was the industry standard and this continued as reflex cameras needed extra space to fit a mirror. However, as mirrorless cameras become more popular again, there has been a need to return to this industry standard…which is the impetus for the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE. With less distortion than a 35mm lens and wider angles than a 55mm lens, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is a perfect lens for portraits, landscapes, architecture photography, and pictures of pets.

What is Preset Aperture Control Function?

On the Preset Aperture Control function, the aperture blade operates smoothly like a "De-clicked lens", which is advantageous for video recording.
Fujifilm cameras are engineered to control the aperture according to the minimum exposure value(F-stop), so when the camera controls the aperture, it blinks momentarily to set the proper exposure.

AF 75mm F1.8 X intentionally disconnects the communication with the camera body and the lens itself on the Preset Aperture Control function, so it is possible to smoothly adjust the exposure without flickering. ISO and shutter speed are adjusted according to the changed exposure by controlling the aperture, so the exposure value can be changed even with the 1/2 F-stop.

What is Recommended Settings for Preset Aperture Control Function?

The Preset Aperture Control function operates only when shooting video(Movie mode) and the focusing mode of the camera is set to AF mode. Please set the aperture at f/1.8 before switching the "Custom Switch" to "Mode 2. It is recommended to set the "Exposure mode" as A mode (Aperture Priority AE) or M mode (Manual Exposure).

* How to use the “Preset Aperture Control” function?

1) Camera Body Setting
      AF Mode → Video Mode ('A' or 'M' mode) → Set the Aperture @F1.8
(2) Lens Setting
      Switch your "Custom Switch” to “Mode 2(M2)"
(3) Now, you're ready to use the Preset Aperture Control function with your focus ring

[What is Dolly Shot? How to shoot easily]

[What is Dolly shot?]

A dolly shot, also referred to as a tracking shot or trucking shot, is a camera movement technique used by cinematographers to track and follow a subject in motion. To achieve this, the camera is mounted on a device called a "dolly," which facilitates smooth tracking movement. The dolly can move in front of, behind, or alongside the subject, which can be a person, a location, a product, or any other object of focus in the frame. Through this, you can control the emotional distance between the subject and the viewer by highlighting the audiovisual and dramatic effects.

[How to take a Dolly Shot simply by handheld]

Tip. If the moving distance is long, the camera may shake, so please shoot at a focal length between 35 and 100mm.
1. Stand at a distance of about 1.5 to 2 meters away from the subject.
2. Set the custom switch to MF and Mode 3 and adjust the focal length to about 100mm.
3. After focusing on the subject, set the aperture to F8~16.
4. Slowly turn the zoom ring to the left (towards the wide-angle end) while using your upper body and arms to move the camera toward your subject.
5. Dolly Shot complete!
※ When shooting from a farther distance from the subject, use a cart or gimbal for more stable shooting.

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