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The Rokinon 135mm Cine DS Lens is currently on sale with B&H for about -$150 less than you'll find from most other retailers (sale ends in two days). Since i've been shooting mostly with the Rokinon XEEN Cinema Primes, i've been looking to add this lens to my kit until XEEN has more options.

A 135mm is a very popular focal length choice for portraiture. Unlike the Canon EF 135mm (autofocus), the Rokinon Cine DS lenses are better suited for those who shoot mainly video as it offers longer focus throws and easier to adapt to other camera bodies since it has a manual de-clicked aperture.

Sale is available for Canon EF, Nikon, or Sony E Mount lenses and ends in two days. Check it out (here).

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VIEW-ITEMRokinon Cine DS 135mm T2.2 Lens


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I just received the new Rokinon XEEN Cinema Prime Lenses this morning. Very smooth focus and iris gears along with nice build quality. Not as heavy as I thought it would be. The 85mm is just a few ounces heavier than Canon's 85mm F/1.2L II.

Rokinon XEEN Cine Prime Lenses

Since I also have a Rokinon 85mm Cine, I decided to do a quick test. Nothing technical, just a side by side comparison between the common Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens (non DS) vs the new Rokinon XEEN 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens. These tests were performed at ISO 800 on the A7RII in SLOG at 1080p.

Under the same conditions the new XEEN lens has better color, contrast, and sharpness. I even tried stopping down the older Rokinon 85mm Cine as it seemed a bit washed out, but it didn't have much of a difference except to underexpose. I guess this has to be attributed to the new 'Nano Coatings' that are highlighted in the new XEEN specs.

Now the only flaw with this test is that my Rokinon 85mm Cine is not the 'DS version' which is said to have better coatings than the 'Non DS' version of Rokinon Lenses. A true test would be to compare an actual DS version lens to the new XEEN lens. I'm going to try and get my hands on a set of DS version lenses to see how close they are to the XEEN, and if there's any difference between a DS Lens versus a Non DS Rokinon lens.

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Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens (non DS)

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Rokinon XEEN 85mm T1.5 Cine Prime

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Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens (non DS)

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Rokinon XEEN 85mm T1.5 Cine Prime

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find-price-button Rokinon 85mm T1.5 XEEN Cinema Prime


In terms of Canon's best Prime Lenses especially for flattering portraits the 135mm F/2.0 at just over $1K is a highly popular focal length. There's a certain aesthetic quality from the 135mm that can't be matched. Now Rokinon is extending their lineup of Cine Lenses and has just recently announced their own 135mm F/2. For video use most people would gladly trade in their auto focus, but the real test of course is to see how people compare the quality of the two. Available for almost every camera mount, the new Rokinon 135mm F/2 or 135mm T/2.2 Cine Lens is available now for pre-order starting at $549.

135mm Lens
Full-Frame Coverage
Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
De-Clicked Aperture Ring
Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
Manual Focus and Aperture
Removable Lens Hood
Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings

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find-price-button Rokinon 135mm F/2.0 or 135 m T/2.2 Cine Lens


You've probably heard the news and seen the images, but here's a closer video look at putting together the new Shape Cage for the BlackMagic Pocket Camera. The BMPC simply drops into the Shape Cage and is locked in place by a rear sliding metal cover. So even if your system is completely rigged up, the camera can be removed from the cage.

Access to all buttons, menus, battery door / SD card, and ports are easily accessible. A very solid cold shoe above the Shape BMPC Cage can be used to mount heavy accessories (monitors, evf, audio) or to add a Shape Candy Handle. The SHAPE Cage for Blackmagic Pocket Camera can be purchased with or without the bottom 15mm rail adapter.

For more information about Shape products, check out their website at http://ShapeWLB.com, or follow the links below for information about these specific products.

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Rokinon has already released a few new Cine Lenses for larger DSLR cameras, but are soon to release a new line of Cine Lenses for smaller Sony E-Mount mirrorless systems. The Cine lenses have the same optics as their standard counterparts, but differ with built in lens gears for follow focus systems, a de-clicked aperture, and relocated markings.

Great timing on this release to match up with some of Sony's new camera releases such as the new Sony NEX-6, Sony NEX-5R, and VG900 which supports E-mount lens compatibility. Like previous Rokinon Cine Lenses, the new E-Mount Cine lenses will be available in 8mm, 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm and are available for pre-order via B&H (click here)

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So Rokinon had news a few weeks ago about releasing new 35mm, 24mm, and 14mm Cine style lenses. The 35mm Nikon mount version shows in stock status', and have already listed pre-order prices for the upcoming Rokinon 14mm T/3.1 and 24mm T/1.5.

These lenses already in exist in the Rokinon lineup, and the Cine versions are about $50 bucks more with a de-click aperture, relocated markings, and built in lens gear. Check out the new Cine lenses from Rokinon over at B&H following the link (Click Here).

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find-price-button Rokinon 35mm, 14mm & 24mm Cine Lenses


Just talking about Canon's latest Compact Prime Cine Lenses, it's not for everyone. Fortunately Rokinon is well aware of the DSLR Video scene and is adding another Cine lens to it's product line and i'm feeling the new Rokinon 35mm T/1.5 Cine lens is going to be a winner. The available Rokinon 8mm T/3.8 Cine Lens didn't really take off since it was more of a specialty type wide angle fisheye look.

The new 35mm Cine Lens will have a lens gear built around the housing, and de-clicked manual aperture ring to adjust exposure on the fly. First lenses will come in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts, but as one wise commenter mentioned you could just go for the Nikon version (since it's a manual lens) and find simple adapter to fit just about everything else.

[Update] Rokinon will also be announcing a new 14mm T/3.1 & 24mm T/1.5 Cine Lens. At this time, only the 8mm T/3.5 Fisheye is already available, and 35mm T/3.1 has been just been released for pre-order, but you'll be able to check out the entire Rokinon Cine Lens collection over at B&H (Click Here).

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