Massive Flood Of New Lenses From Rokinon, Gives A Strong Push For Cine Mirrorless Lenses

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know how much we fancy the Rokinon (US) or Samyang (rest of world) line of lenses. Having a strong focus on prime Rokinon lenses deliver some great quality at affordable price.

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Now Rokinon announces a flood of new lenses and an update of mounts for existing lenses with a strong focus on mirrorless and MFT cameras.

Here is a short summary of types, speeds and focal lengthes, for the full breakdown hit the jump:

Mirrorles: 10mm f/2.8, 12mm f/2.0, 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye, 8mm T3.1 Cine Fish-Eye

MFT (added mounts): 35mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye, 8mm T3.8 Cine Fish-Eye, 14mm T3.1 Cine, 24mm T1.5 Cine, 35mm T1.5 Cine, 85mm T1.5 Cine

DSLR: 8mm T3.1 Cine Fish-Eye

Rokinon is rally doing a big push with new lenses and updates to old lenses and putting a pretty strong focus on mirrorles and MFT lenses, while can indicate where (at least Rokinon) thinks the photography market is heading. of all the new lenses only one lens is a “classic” APC DSLR cameras.

Here is the full breakdown:

 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II ($349)

8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II

 This is an upgrade to an already existing lens.

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 12.8mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Designed for APS-C Sized Sensors
  • Fisheye Design, 180° Angle of View

 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS ($529)

10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS

 This is the only APC lenses announced in this wave.

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 15mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • minimum focus distance of 7.9″

12mm f/2.0 NCS CS ($399)

12mm f/2.0 NCS CS

  • Aperture Range: f/2.0 to f/22
  • 19.2mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • minimum focus distance of 7.9″

8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II ($399)

8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II

  • Aperture Range: T3.1 to T22
  • 12.8mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Fisheye Design, 180° Angle of View
  • Geared Focus and Aperture Control Rings
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Built-In Lens Hood

Mount Updates For Existing Lenses

Aside from the new lenses, there are some new mounts for older (and newer lenses). The table below sums it up:

Photo Lenses
10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II
Mount Types Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E
Photo Lenses for Sony E and MFT Cameras
35mm f/1.4 AS UMC 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II
Mount Types Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II Lens
Mount Types Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E
Cine Lenses for Micro Four Thirds Mount
8mm T3.8 Cine UMC Fish-Eye CS II 14mm T3.1 Cine ED AS IF UMC 24mm T1.5 Cine ED AS IF UMC 35mm T1.5 Cine AS UMC 85mm T1.5 Cine AS IF UMC
Mount Type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
  • Craigc

    Are you kidding me!! Still no 50mm? How can you say your a supplier of primes if you don’t have a 50 mm n the lineup? So we just shoot 35mm and 85mm all day?

    • jakecarvey

      with crop sensors 50mm is not 50mm – so it’s a bit of a moot point

      • Junior

        This isn’t true. I shoot Rokinon glass on my Scarlet-X, and having a S35mm sensor – I’d love to see the gap filled between the 35mm and the 85mm. For now I have a second hand lens that doesn’t have the same characteristics as the Rokinon glass.

        • jakecarvey

          fair enough – I made the assumption you were talking about cropped sensors, as the majority of lenses on this list are designed for crop

      • bbutrick

        50mm is NOT a moot point! It’s an essential part of the series. I don’t need more wide lenses, I need the middle of the set. 50mm cine lens please!

    • Jayson Carey

      Canon and Nikon both have very cheap 50mm lenses that they would be competing with directly. I believe I heard a statement from Rokinon that said they were working on one, but that it wasn’t their biggest priority at the moment.

  • Michael

    The link and price for the fisheye are wrong. The link provided is for the 10mm. The price should be $349 and the link should be http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1039943-REG/rokinon_rk8mbk28_m_8mm_f_2_8_umc_fish_eye.html

    • http://www.diyphotography.net/ udi tirosh

      too many lenses indeed :) thanks

  • jakecarvey

    Let me put this another way:

    What lenses would be most desirable to create a basic complement of primes for *EACH* of the main sensor sizes:

    1. M 4/3 (GH2 / 3 / 4, Blackmagic)
    2. APS-C (Canon T3i, 60D, 7D, Nikon D7000)
    3. Full Frame (Canon 5D mkIII, Nikon D800)

    • jakecarvey

      e.g. for Full Frame sensor, we obviously want (approx.)

      1. 24mm
      2. 50mm
      3. 85mm
      4. 105mm

      and, maybe a 14mm for special cases

      Would this handle most of the day-to-day cinematic needs? And if so, we can literally just extrapolate the lenses needed for the other sensor sizes based on this list

      • jakecarvey

        based on this list – M 4/3 is pretty much covered from 14 – 85mm, resulting in effective focal lengths of (approx):

        28mm, 48mm, 70mm, 170mm

        so the telephoto is a bit long, and the wide angle not quite wide enough – but reasonable enough range to make a film, considering the smaller sensor is going to create a fairly distinct look anyway