Yongnuo has unveiled a new version of its 50mm F1.4 lens – the upcoming YN 50mm F1.4 II. The new model follows an update to the company’s 50mm F1.8 offering (predictably called the 50mm F1.8 II), giving photographers a new and inexpensive alternative to Canon’s venerable EF 50mm F1.4.
Yongnuo’s new lens features a USB port for firmware updates, support for live view focusing, electromagnetic aperture, and a new external design. The company emphasizes the 50mm F1.4 II’s bokeh capabilities.
The YN 50mm F1.4 II features 9 elements in 7 groups, electromagnetic aperture with support for M/Av/Tv/P/B modes, gold-plated contacts and a metal mount, glass optics with a multilayer coating for better light transmission with controlled glares/ghosting, as well as both manual and auto focus, a focus distance indictor, and the same DC motor drive system found in the original model.
The Hong Kong company detailed the new lens on its website, but pricing and availability have yet to be announced.