New: Yongnuo YN 40mm f/2.8N and 100mm f/2N full frame DSLR lenses for Nikon F-mount


Last year I already reported on the upcoming Yongnuo YN 100mm f/2 full frame DSLR lens for Nikon F-mount (above right). Yongnuo also has a new pancake 40mm f/2.8 lens coming soon (above left). Here are the details on both new lenses - for pricing check B&H and Amazon (not available at the time of this post):

Yongnuo YN 40mm f/2.8N lens



Specifications:

Focal Length 40mm
Structure 4 groups 6pcs
Aperture Blades 6pcs
Minimum Aperture F/22
Minimum Focal Distance About 0.3m
Maximum Amplification Factor About 0.18x
Driving System DC Motor
Filter Diameter 58mm
Maximum Diameter and Length Aboutφ74×45mm
Weight About 130g

Features:

  • Finishing Aspheric Lens: YN40mm F2.8N carries finishing aspheric lens, which effectively compensate various aberration.
  • Firmware Upgrade: YN40mm F2.8N has USB port.To maintain maximum compatibility and performance, the firmware of the lens can be updated. Please download the latest firmware from the offical YONGNUO website.
  • F2.8 Large Aperture: F2.8 bright and large aperture helps to blur out the background and highlight the subject.
  • Two Focus Modes Supported: Auto Focus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF): YN40mm F2.8N supports auto focus and manual focus. You can choose focus mode according to the practical shooting needs.
  • 6pcs of Aperture Blades: With 6pcs of Aperture blades, YN40mm F2.8N helps making rounded defocused spots, or stops down to make effect of 12 stars.
  • Durable Metal Mount: YN40mm F2.8N adopts chrome plated and high-precision metal mount, which is consistent with the camera. The mount is wearable, corrosion-resistantand durable.
  • Equipped with Focus Distance Indicator: YN40mm F2.8N is equipped with focus distance indicator. It’s convenient for you to judge distances and the depth of field.
  • Various Shooting Modes Supported: YN40mm F2.8N supports various shooting modes. The aperture and other information can be found from EXIF.
  • Glass Optical Lens, Multilayer Coating: All series of products adopt glass optical lens and multilayer coating, which effectively helps to increase the light transmittance and inhibit backlight and glare.
  • Gold-plating Technology: YN40mm F2.8N adopts gold-plating metal contacts to effectively increase signal conductivity and corrosion resistance.

MTF chart:


Lens design:

Yongnuo YN 100mm f/2N lens



Specifications:

Focal Length 100mm
The equivalent focal length under 35mm APS-C format specifications About 160mm
Structure 6 groups 8pcs
Aperture Blades 9pcs
Minimum Aperture F/19
Minimum Focal Distance About 0.9m
Maximum Amplification Factor About 0.14x
Driving System DC Motor
Filter Diameter 58mm
Maximum Diameter and Length Aboutφ76×83mm
Weight About 440g

 Features:

  • Firmware Upgrade: YN100mm F2N has USB port.To maintain maximum compatibility and performance, the firmware of the lens can be updated. Please download the latest firmware from the offical YONGNUO website.
  • Perspective Compression Effect: Focal length (100mm) of the lens is equipvalent to 160mm on APS-C camera. It’s easier to zoom in and brings perspective compression effect.
  • F2 Large Aperture: F2 bright and large aperture helps to blur out the background and highlight the subject.
  • Two Focus Modes Supported: Auto Focus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF): YN100mm F2N supports auto focus and manual focus. You can choose focus mode according to the practical shooting needs.
  • 9pcs of Aperture Blades: With 9pcs of Aperture blades, YN100mm F2N helps making rounded defocused spots, or stops down to make effect of 18 stars.
  • Durable Metal Mount: YN100mm F2N adopts chrome plated and high-precision metal mount, which is consistent with the camera. The mount is wearable, corrosion-resistantand durable.
  • Equipped with Focus Distance Indicator: YN100mm F2N is equipped with focus distance indicator. It’s convenient for you to judge distances and the depth of field.
  • Various Shooting Modes Supported: YN100mm F2N supports various shooting modes. The aperture and other information can be found from EXIF.
  • Glass Optical Lens, Multilayer Coating: All series of products adopt glass optical lens and multilayer coating, which effectively helps to increase the light transmittance and inhibit backlight and glare.
  • Gold-plating Technology: YN100mm F2N adopts gold-plating metal contacts to effectively increase signal conductivity and corrosion resistance.
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  • Those pricing are ridiculously cheap, maybe great to use them on old cameras for damage-prone events, so even if they are broken, my heart will not be shattered as much.

    • i like how this guy have pitty for cheap lens lol

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      Hmmm, damage prone-events huh? Ocean side stuff? (^_^)
      Running with the bulls perhaps!
      Oh wait, that Holi color festival!

      • ambient_exposure

        most stuff is heavy duty, but if you can imagine being hit by a 95lb malinois running at full speed toward you in schutzhund or flyball photographing, you respect the heavy duty gear 😉 i think this stuff is like the speedlites, you drop it or bang it up ‘oh well’

      • ambient_exposure

        @nin@ninpou_kobanashi:disqus can you imagine the noise on this thing (if it isn’t silent, which i doubt) pissing off the bulls even more? 😀

    • Ivan Kutsarov

      Ming, Mong, Wong, Pong. Ping-pong!

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      • The_Incomparable_Douche

        No PC bullshit for you, I see. Very trenchant.

  • At least someone is making an autofocus pancake 40 for nikon.

    • stephan de laat

      Nikon should do a ripoff of this lens.

    • Semaphore

      So surprised they would/could make a pancake like that. I’ve never given these Chinese lenses a second look, but if the quality is any good I’m seriously tempted.

      • Eledeuh

        > but if the quality is any good I’m seriously tempted

        That’s a comment I always see when Yongnuo announces a new lens, but it seems the few reports of people actually buying them say they’re not exactly great with a whole lot of sample variation.

        At this point I suppose we can safely assume that quality will be at the level of their pricing: rather low.

    • Spy Black

      I don’t get the attraction of the pancake lens. Looks like you’re walking around with a body cap on.

  • Aldo

    That pancake will become an instant classic. I hope it has enough syrup.

    • I hope so too, I’d hate for you boys to get all antsy in the pantsy.

  • Mastenpants

    Always been a little jealous on the Canon 40mm for its size. Let’s hope this Yongnuo version is nearly as good performance wise. Will purchase it probably as a lightweight travel lens.

    • Aldo

      That one and the 1.2 85

    • Fanie Kuhn

      That Canon 40mm is a sleeper, better than the 50 1.8.

  • JJ168

    The pancake lenses are what lacking in the nikon world. I believe these small light lenses with good enough attributes will help dslr survival against the mirrorless. I dont want a small camera that not comfortable to hold or operates. Dslr in current form are pretty good (just wish for them to be lighter).

    • Julian

      I still use my nikkor 20mm f/2.8 D lens frequently, its a pretty decent lens, and is so much lighter than my 14-24, its a really good light weight and back saving alternative, if I’m not so interested in super sharp across the frame.

  • jareb

    63.5 × 39 mm – Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
    65 × 44.5 mm – Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
    74 × 45 mm – Yongnuo YN 40mm f/2.8N

    68.2 × 22.8 mm – Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

    Pancake?

    • Jean Nadeau

      Pancake when compressed but it extends out quite a bit…

    • Where are those Canon measurements taken? No, this doesn’t look quite as svelt, but I think the numbers you’re quoting include barrel length, and aren’t from the rear-most protruding element to the front edge of the filter thread…

      • lobotomisedjournalist

        That is exactly what they are.

    • ambient_exposure

      i wondered about the comparison, however, i kept my dx 35mm 1.8 for traveling light & it produces nice shots on fx if you can deal with vignetting or crop in a bit at wide open

      • The 50mm 1.8D is smaller and actually is a pancake with integral lens hood.

  • Jean Nadeau

    Love the usb port in the front of the 40mm, very original….

    • Proto

      easy access though….

    • Lol

    • Spy Black

      Inspires you to buy a skylight filter to protect it and the front element…

    • John Doe

      I would stuff that USB port with black caulk then sand it down.

  • Shutterbug

    Pretty awkward position for a USB port, isn’t it?

    • Aldo

      Little gaffers tape

      • Shutterbug

        Tape becomes pretty lubricating when used for a extended period of time and exposed to light…
        Hope they supply a little rubber pin.

        But it’s pretty neat, that you can connect your lens without a dock.

        • Aldo

          Even gaffers tape? Been using it for yours never had that effect. I buy the brand name one though.

    • Nikos Delhanidis

      extremely LOL

  • doge

    Any idea why they haven’t made their 85 1.8 for Nikon?

    • I think they just have not released it yet.

  • Richard Haw

    they should have stuck with good old Tessar, the lens would have been cheaper and smaller. this is probably the only small AF prime for Nikon. Not quite a pancake lens but close.

    • Richard Haw

      a cover for the USB port would also be nice

  • jonebize

    Honestly the Canon 100/2 was kind of badass. It made me some money, too. Does anyone know if this is a straight Canon knockoff? And does anyone know what the 40/2.8 rips off?

    • preston

      The canon 40/2.8 but without the stepping motor is my guess.

  • 6 aperture blades produce 6-pointed sunstars, just saying.

    • Spy Black

      At probably around $100, who cares?

      • RC Jenkins

        I think @disqus_7N9SARFSn3:disqus was just correcting the “features list”, which incorrectly states that 6 blades will produce 12-pointed stars…

        6 blades = 6 points
        9 blades = 18 points

        Even numbered-blades equal the star point count.
        Odd numbered-blades double the star point count.

  • nwcs

    Am I reading the MTF right in that the 40mm will have a fair amount of astigmatism? If so it may just be an unpleasant rendering.

    • Bob Thane

      At f8, yeah, looks like it. Not terrible though, I’ve seen much worse from both Canon and Nikon.

  • fanboy fagz

    I dont know if you guys saw the same images from the 100 but it looks very good. ca is there but I couldnt give a rats ass.
    for $160, im getting it. looks sharper then the nikon 105 AFD 2.8 at open
    bravo yongnuo. great offers. but youre fuckin up with the flashes. godox got yo ass in the corner and pumping you with no vaseline. bring more nikon flashes please

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7Xxmb7Z3gcbc0dPNzZHX1JsNjA

    I dont use 100mm often. thats why I sold my 105vr but its good to have in the bag JIC. might get it and the 40mm

    • Proto

      good samples. Does the Youngnuo 100 also macro closeups like the nikon 105 VR?

      • fanboy fagz

        no. I had the vr for shooting the bride when she was getting her hair makeup done and the ring shot. I just bought extension tubes and used my 85mm after I sold the VR. carrying such a big lens for a few pics didnt make sense

        • Proto

          or use the tiffen close up filter +85mm for ring shots

  • JasonsArgonauts

    I like the fact that they’ve stuck to the Canon USM styling on these. That’s going to give some Canon fanboys a serious meltdown when they see them in the wild. 🙂 Top marks for the headf**k Yongnuo. 😀

  • Jim Huang

    I’m just thinking why Nikon doesn’t design the current 50mm f1.8D as a pancake lens. The front lens element is so far into the lens I don’t see why Nikon couldn’t remove the front part.

    • Hans J

      because bigger is better in their eyes.

    • …..because it acts as a hood from stray light, stray light at high incidence angles creates glare, and that kills contrast.

      • Jim Huang

        lol

  • Such blasphemy. JUST SAY NO to Canon-looking lenses on your Nikon camera, everybody!

    😛

    • Meh if the 100mm is cheap I’ll buy it to experiment with that focal length – my 85mm 1.8g finally bit it, and I’m eyeballing that 105mm 1.4e…

      • Just rent the 100 1.4, then. A MUCH better way to determine if you actually want that particular lens…

  • Daniel Han

    Voigtlander 40mm, 28mm and 20mm are all good pancakes for nikon.
    Ohhh nuuu AF

    One step to perfection: Learn.

  • Sartaz Khan

    i got the 100mm f2n on my D5100 and D850. i got 2 copies from Amazon. Both copies could not focus in live view mode once! and both copies misfocuses at least 50% of the time.

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