Samyang’s new 135mm T2.2ED manual focus, prime lens has started shipping in Korea, with a number of reviews and comparison articles now hitting the web. Also shipping (in Korea) is the standard variant, the Samyang 135mm f2.0 ED UMC lens, which is slightly cheaper.

Both lenses are full frame compatible and feature the same optics, offering a short telephoto, effective low-light capture, shallow depth-of-field lens, with decent bokeh for close up work. The cine version has integrated gearing for video rigs with follow focus systems.

The 135mm cine features a floating type design, with one Extra low dispersion lens element (ED), a circular aperture of T2.2 with 9 blades in the iris.  Also featuring an uncoupled aperture and focus gear ring, with a minimum focus distance of 2.6′ and is composed of 11 elements in 7 groups, with the company’s multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings, reducing chromatic aberration, ghosting and flare.

Samyang 135mm T2 side

The focus and aperture control rings are outfitted with industry standard gearing, providing an interface for traditional follow focus. In addition, the aperture control ring has been de-clicked, to allow smooth iris pulls, with bright aperture/distance markings printed on both sides of the barrel. All VDSLR II lenses are colour matched (to provide the same colour/contrast when shooting) and have the same focus/aperture rings positions, to prevent rig re-adjustment when swapping lenses.

Both lenses are available in either the Sony Alpha, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E or MFT mounts.

Samyang 135mm vs Sony ZA 135mm (image: Tystory).

Samyang 135mm vs Sony ZA 135mm (image: Tystory).


The Samyang 135mm T2.2 ED UMC VDSLR II Cine lens has a (pre-order) street price of EU£419.00/US$599, with the standard Samyang 135mm f2.0 ED UMC lens going for EU£369.00/US$549.

The lenses is still only available via pre-order in most countries, but if you’re dying to get your hands on it there are a number of Korean eBay sellers currently shipping both lenses internationally. But expect to pay a few hundred more for those, with potentially in-country only warranty.

Below is the first video review on the lens, albeit its for the standard version, review by Patrick Murphy-Racey.


Mount Sony Alpha Mount
Format Full-Frame/35mm
Focal Length 135mm
Aperture Range T2.2 – T22
Angle of View 18.8°
APS-C: 12.4°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.6′ / 79.2
Iris Blades 9
Filter Diameter 77mm
Gear Pitch 0.8
Length 4.8 x 3.2″ (122 x 82 mm)
Weight 29.3 oz / 830 g



Excerpts from Press Release

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