Rokinon has unveiled a 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle lens for APS-C Sony E-mount cameras.
Weighing 7.51 ounces and measuring 2.33" long, this autofocusing lens provides a rectilinear 99.1-degree angle of view and features weather sealing, a Rear Protector Glass and the newest Linear Stepping Motor technology. By requiring the movement of only a single focusing group, it delivers fast, quiet and precise focusing whether shooting stills or videos. The design also allows for close focusing to 7.48" with no change in length or front-element rotation.
The optical construction is comprised of 12 elements in 10 groups with a new version of Ultra Multi Coating. Besides controlling flare and ghosting, this improved UMC maximizes light transmission, contrast and color accuracy. Thanks to five specialized lens elements (one Aspherical, three Extra-low Dispersion and one Hybrid-Aspherical), aberrations and distortion are minimized.
The Rokinon 12mm F2.0 AF incorporates a matte black finish and a comfortable, micro-pattern rubber focusing ring over a durable, all-metal housing.
The lens lists for $499 and includes a removable, petal-shaped hood; lens caps and a custom-fitted case. It will begin shipping in June.