Tokina has just announced 25-75mm T2.9, a new cine zoom lens. It will be available in five different mounts and will nicely round up the company’s line of cinema lenses.
Meike has announced a new 35mm T2.2 cinema lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. As a cine lens, it’s full manual focus and aperture control, with a wide aperture of T2.2 (stopping down to T22) and a fairly short minimum focus distance of only 42cm. The lens is constructed of 10 elements in 8 groups and offers a field of view equivalent of a 70mm lens on a full-frame camera.
Nitecore is a Chinese company producing rechargeable flashlights and third-party batteries (including smart batteries no one asked for). But now it’s about to make camera lenses as well. The company has just announced five full-frame cinema primes ranging from 25mm to 100mm. They will be compatible with a range of mounts, and the company promises “optimum optical quality.”
It looks like Swiss lens manufacturer, Irix is getting into the world of cinema lenses. A new teaser posted to the Irix Facebook page shows a 150mm T3.0 lens in a cinema housing. Obviously, this is just a rehoused version of the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro, but with the features we expect from cinema lenses. Features like a clickless aperture and a very long focus throw with a geared ring for follow focus units.
The 24-70mm f/2.8 lens is one of the most popular lenses out there for photographers. They’re versatile with a nice wide constant aperture and many of them are very sharp. But there aren’t many similar lenses available for filmmakers. Sure, you can just use the photography lenses, but they’re not really designed for the purpose.
Pegasus, though, is changing that, by rehousing Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lenses inside their own designed cinema housing. Their new 24-70mm f/2.8 Compact Zoom FF lens offers all the quality we’d expect from the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens, but with features required for filmmakers.