Quick Look at Rokinon 35mm T/1.5 Cine Lens

Quick look at the new Rokinon 35mm T/1.5 Cine Lens. Basically same glass elements compared to their standard 35mm F/1.4 Photo lens. It's just a small $50 dollar difference in price, with a few Cine style features such as de-clicked aperture, lens gears on focus and aperture rings, and indicator markings placed towards the side.

Rokinon's first Cine lens was an 8mm T/3.8, but along with this 35mm F/1.5, they have also just made available their new 14mm T/3.1 and 24mm T/1.5 Cine lenses which just recently became available to purchase. Those wide angle 8mm and 14mm might come in handy for the new BlackMagic Cinema Camera. Check out the complete Rokinon Cine Lens collection in stock over at B&H (Click Here).

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12 thoughts on “Quick Look at Rokinon 35mm T/1.5 Cine Lens

  1. Shimizu

    I just picked up the 8mm Cine and the aperture won't adjust for me. Is this an issue with the lens itself, or is it a camera settings thing?

  2. Emm

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    @Joe B. - I'm betting the Canon 35mm is sharper, but they are different lenses. The Canon 35mm L has auto focus, very important for photographers. The Canon L glass will survive weather conditions that the Rokinon will fail at. Coating on the Canon L is probably better too. The Rokinon is a fine lens, but it's made for a specific audience. If you just need a sharp lens to manual focus with for video, at an affordable price, can't go wrong with Rokinon.

  3. I wonder what the difference is compared to the Canon 35mm 1.4 L Lens. I wouldn't mind selling my Canon and buying this to have a little extra money if they are comparable. I do love my 85mm Rokinon...So very sharp.

  4. Austin

    Most likely the next lens I will pick up, then hopefully they will have a 85mm cine version soon. Then again I also was looking in to an external monitor >.<

  5. Gerry

    Maybe the use of the phrase narrative would be better than film. Hmmm. I think the number of people shooting film is very small. Especially the visitors to your blog. I still sometimes catch myself using film that way also... I wonder if the use of language will evolve and my grandchildren will know film to only mean a narrative movie...

  6. Emm

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    @AndyH - I would love to see an affordable Tilt Shift lens. If it's made well, you don't always have to use it with that cliche'd tilt-shift look. It can be used to correct distortion with architecture or used for infinity focus.

  7. AndyH

    Neil, the 10mm sounds like a sweet addition, hadnt heard about that one, I hope its low distortion and aps-c aimed, would be good for steadycam use.

    Em, i'm very interested in the tilt-shift lens Samyang are bringing out for shallow dof focus slice use in film. Have you used a tilt shift lens in this manner for video? Do you have any thoughts on the subject?

  8. Neil

    Samyang just announced today that at the end of this year/beginning of 2013 they will be releasing a 10mm f/2.8 lens too. Hopefully it'll get the Cine treatment not long after and hopefully their rumored 50mm f/1.4 will be following close behind.

    I can't wait to have a full set of these lenses!

  9. Emm

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    @JSS - I think the 35mm is good for both Full Frame or Cropped Cameras. Will give you good shallow DOF and won't be too far or too close. The 24mm is also a good focal length to have for a variety of shooting conditions.

  10. JSS

    Hey Emm, or anyone else who wants to comment, with these cine lenses what would you say would be a good starter focal length. I know one lens can't do everything but for the budget minded which would be the most practical to start off with.

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