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Rokinon Cine Lenses for Sony E mount (NEX cameras) are now available and in stock via Amazon. The lineup of Cine Lenses include the 8mm, 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm. All manual focus Rokinon Cine lenses are designed with a de-clicked aperture and lens gears that mesh with your follow focus system.

Here's your links:
>> Rokinon 8mm Cine Lens for Sony E
>> Rokinon 14mm Cine Lens for Sony E
>> Rokinon 24mm Cine Lens for Sony E
>> Rokinon 35mm Cine Lens for Sony E
>> Rokinon 85mm Cine Lens for Sony E


One good thing about the new Black Magic Cinema Camera is that it can support IS (Image Stabilization) in Canon EF mount lenses. One not-so-good thing is the smaller sensor that will need additional attention for wide angle video. With these two things considered, the first lens that came to mind is the Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 with IS. This lens receives excellent reviews (not for Full Frame cameras) but will run you almost $1200 dollars (as seen here).

Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 IS
find-price-button Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 IS Lens

After doing a bit more research, i've come across the Sigma 17-70mm F/2.8-F/4 with Optical Anti-Shake Technology (image stabilization). It's not quite as nice as the Canon 17-55mm because it can't maintain the F/2.8 aperture, but it does have a bit more reach and i'm typically stopping down the aperture to an F/4 anyways. The Sigma receives an almost full 5 Star rating with reviews, and is currently On Sale at just $299 for the next 15 days.

Anyone with a cropped sensor Canon DSLR such as a T3i, T4i, 60D, 7D, Black Magic Cinema camera, or even Sony FS100 / FS700 shooters may really want to take a look at this lens. Even if you just consider this a constant F/4 aperture, a 17-70mm Image Stabilized lens for $299 is not a bad deal. Check out the sale via B&H (click here).

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find-price-button Sigma 17-70mm F/2.8-F/4 OS HSM Lens


The older Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 lenses are still a great value and produce great quality, but here's an unboxing of the latest Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cine Lens in the new Black w/ Red Accent design which not only looks better, but offers a bit more quirky features for budget video shooters. (BTW I made a mistake, and I don't need the M43 adapter for the version of the Black Magic Cinema Camera currently, just the Nikon to EF shim).

At just $350 dollars (found here), I feel it's not very much to ask for a solid 85mm video lens with a wide aperture, smooth manual focus, de-clicked aperture, and built in lens gears. Keep in mind that on cameras like the GH3 the focal distance will be hard to manage with hand held shooting. There is no image stabilization on this lens. For tripod mounted shots, it will produce that beautiful portrait style look and provide smooth focusing between subjects. The Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cine Lens is available now via B&H or Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony E & A mounts (click here).

find-price-button Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cine Lens


Here's a list of recently announced Canon Lens discounts on some of the more popular lenses Canon has to offer. I personally have my eye on that 50mm F/1.2L. It's not often you see it down to the new price.

Was $2,299.00, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens now at the special price $2049
Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L
find-price-button Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens

Was $2099, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens drops another $100 dollars to $1999
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L
find-price-button Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom

Was $1499.00, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens special price $1399
find-price-button Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens

Was $1439.00 the Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens lists at the special price for $1299
find-price-button Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens


The 24mm F/1.4 is a fairly new lens for Rokinon, but when it was announced it was listed with a pretty hefty price tag. Popular retailers like B&H and Amazon are still listing this lens for $616-$649. If you happen to be watching this lens, I just picked up news from Rokinon about one of their resellers listing the 24mm F/1.4 for just $499. The listing was posted yesterday, and apparently the sale will end in 1 day. Available for Canon, Sony, Nikon, Pentax, and Olympus camera mounts. Check out the deal via eBay (Click Here)

find-price-button Rokinon 24mm F/1.4 Manual Focus Manual Aperture Lens

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The Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 is a popular lens among DSLR video shooters. The focal range and aperture combination make for a solid portrait lens or capable when shooting in low lighting conditions. Not the craziest deal i've seen, but If you were already planning on such a lens, it's currently discounted at $50 dollars off (for all camera mounts) and sale ends next week. Check it out via B&H (click here).

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find-price-button Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 Manual Aperture Manual Focus Lens


If you've been following the DSLR scene, you should be hearing about how Tamron has really stepped up with a few newly designed lenses. The quality is far from what they were a few years back. One popular lens grabbing some attention is the new Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 DI VC mainly due to the fact that it has Vibration Compensation (image stabilization) for just $1299 while Canon offers their 24-70mm F/2.8 (without IS) for $2299 (seen here).

find-price-button Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 DI VC (with image stabilization)

find-price-button Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 (without image stabilization)

Just a few months ago Tamron announced a new 70-200mm DI VC lens and it's finally available. This new lens offers another solid option versus Canon's 70-200mm F/2.8 IS that typically runs for $2499. The new Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 with VC will be available for Canon EF, Canon EF-S, Nikon F (FX), Nikon F (DX), and Sony Alpha for just $1499 via B&H (click here)

Tamron 70-200mm
find-price-button Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 SP DI VC

Now if you're really hard set on Canon glass, the 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II (normally $2499) is currently on sale for just $2099. I just recently picked up this lens for $2500 dollars so i'm a bit upset, but you can get this deal up until January 5th (found here).

find-price-button Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II


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Ask anyone "What's a great lens to start with?" and they will probably suggest a solid 50mm Prime. Decent focal length, wide aperture, and affordable. Most Canon shooters start with a 50mm F/1.8, but here's a solid deal on the better quality Canon 50mm F/1.4. Typically listed for around $340-$399 dollars, today you can find it for just $299 via B&H when you add to cart (click here)

find-price-button Canon 50mm F/1.4 Instant Rebate


Here's a few deals happening now via B&H.

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Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens Discounts (found here)

Canon Instant Rebates
Canon Instant Rebates on DSLR Bodies and Lenses (found here)

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Sandisk Media Discounts on SDHC, SDXC, and MicroSD Media