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    Rokinon cine lenses arriving!
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    I was looking for a cheap fisheye for an FX shot and thought of the Rokinon lens since a lot of their lenses (not all) are decent and reasonably priced. while looking I found that they have a cine version of the 8mm fisheye. I ordered one but I can't really comment on the build quality or mechanics yet. Its not a fast lens and I don't expect great optics on a fisheye, but I bought a new one for $300.

    I found this cine lens idea interesting since I can't really afford cine lenses and Rokinon's 35mm and 85mm F1.4 lenses are actually pretty darn good. The ones I tested were right up there with Nikon glass and sharper than some other brands cine glass.

    I then found that Rokinon is planning to release a 35mm T1.5 cine lens on August 15th at B&H for about $550. Plus the 85mm T1.5 is planned for Sept. I expect they have the same high resolution as their manual photo lenses, but declicked, with gears, etc.

    (I also see they have a 14mm and 24mm but I don't know about them. The photo 24mm is reputed to be a little soft.)

    Obviouly these won't compete with the very best lenses, I can see this as being the beginning of a decent cine lens set, thats faster than the Russian lenses and very inexpensive.

    Has anyone else heard more?


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    I use "stills" version of 35/1.4 and 85/1.4 with great success... Good for F3, with long focusing travel and nice performance. I was forced to get some kind of primes while waiting for "never released" Birger EOS mount for my Canon high speed primes... I got both lenses used on online forums. Great buy! Recommend!
    When I mount them on my Optitek adapter, the become "declicked"...


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    I have the Optitek adapter too, which is nice for a smooth aperture transition, but the markings on the optitek aren't very accurate. With these I'll be able to read the T settings accurately.

    The 35 and 85mm cine version of the lenses are planned. I hope they do a matching 50mm cine lens.


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    True, Duke...
    when I got mine last year, there was no other version... I might upgrade to cine version, when they start selling. But I rather invest in that Birger adapter, sell all Rokinons and Tokinas and Nikons and use my Canon set... A man can dream?...
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    I'm interested in whether the Rokinon cine lense will just have de-clicked iris's ( no big deal) or whether they will have a much longer range of focus travel with accurate markings. If the latter they will definately fill a void in the low end market and will be quite attractive. I compared the Rokinon 35mm f1.4 to my nikon Zeiss f2 Z. It wasn't as good especially wide open but it wasn't bad. A long focus throw might make a difference to me at those prices.


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    Hmm... Comparing photos of new cine lens T1.5 to Rokinon F1.4 the focus markings are spread quite a bit further apart. That sounds good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tata Steva View Post
    True, Duke...
    when I got mine last year, there was no other version... I might upgrade to cine version, when they start selling. But I rather invest in that Birger adapter, sell all Rokinons and Tokinas and Nikons and use my Canon set... A man can dream?...
    I think the F3 is so far down on Birger's list that with a 3-5 year obselecence cycle you'll be out of luck. But I'm just guessing based on their total lack of posting any info of any kind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke M. View Post
    I think the F3 is so far down on Birger's list that with a 3-5 year obselecence cycle you'll be out of luck. But I'm just guessing based on their total lack of posting any info of any kind.

    Yeah, I know...
    the only hope that I have is the recent mentioning of it in Sony's new F3 brochure...


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    I would be thrilled if Rokinon produced a decent set of F2.8 cine zooms.


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    I guess Samyang and Rokinon are the same company.
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