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Affordable Filmmaking: An Overview of Rokinon’s New Wide Angle Lenses

This insightful overview shows the new Rokinon wide-angle cine lenses in action.

Rokinon is an extremely popular lens manufacturer among the indie-filmmaking community, and rightfully so. There isn’t any good quality lens manufacturer that gives you comparable specs for such a low price. The Rokinon/Samyang/Bower brand has already put out a line of extremely powerful cine-lenses specifically designed for the indie filmmaking community.

These Cine-lenses all come with de-clicked apertures and a focus ring that allows for smooth focusing. Each cine-lens also comes with large geared focus and aperture rings which can be easily attached to a follow focus.

Just recently, Rokinon released a few new additions to their cine-lens line. We found a great overview video created by B&H that give us a quick overview of each lens and talks about a few of the pros and cons associated with them.

8mm T3.1 Fish-Eye II Lens

The 8mm T3.1 is a new and improved fish-eye lens designed for cropped sensors. The short focal length makes for some extremely exaggerated barrel distortion.

Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X Mount, Samsung NX, Sony E

Price: $399

12mm T2.2 Cine Lens

While not as wide as the Rokinon 8mm, where the 12mm Cine lens falls behind in field of view it more than makes up for in aperture. This lens is a bit more practical than the 8mm lens as it doesn’t distort as much.

Mounts: Canon EF-M, Micro 4/3, Fujifilm X Mount, Samsung NX, Sony E

Price: $429

 

10mm T3.1 Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

The 10mm T3/1 is the only full frame wide-angle lens that was recently announced. It features a useable, but not amazing T3.1 aperture. However, at 10mm it’s one of the widest full-frame lenses that could be classified as “affordable“.

Mounts: Sony A, Sony E, Nikon F, Micro 4/3, Canon-EF

Price: $579

The following overview video created by B&H outlines the main features associated with each lens, along with some pretty awesome test footage:

This video was created by B&H and first shared on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!

What do you think of the new Rokinon lenses? Already shoot on Rokinon glass? Share in the comments below.

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  • Tony

    None of these lenses are affordable to the average indie filmmaker. None are candidates for use with Pentax cameras for example. The average cost is akin to buying a decent 2nd hand GH1 or GH2, a much better proposition if you already use those models and already have the appropriate glass.

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