Rokinon Announces Two New Mirrorless Primes

rokmirrorlessRokinon has been stirring up the lens market for a couple of years offering very affordable options for photographers and cinematographers alike. They just began shipping their lovely Xeen Cinema Primes recently and already have a new product line to announce, designed specifically for mirrorless systems. A 21mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/1.2. With a super shallow flange depth, these two new primes are compact and lightweight, perfect for mirrorless setups. However, they are limited to Super 35 (APS-C) format cameras and will not cover the entire full frame sensor of something like a Sony A7.21mm F1.4 - 4 3D

The 21mm will have a maximum aperture of f/1.4, a great speed for such a wide angle prime lens. Comprised of eight elements in seven groups with a 9-bladed aperture assembly, it will be available in Sony E, Canon M, Fuji X, or Micro 4/3 mount. I’ll be comparing this lens directly to the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus in a future post.

50mm F1.2 - 4 3DThe 50mm will benefit from an ultra fast f/1.2 maximum aperture. With nine elements,two of which are aspherical, in seven groups, and a 9-bladed aperture configuration. Also available in Sony E, Canon M, Fuji X, or Micro 4/3 mount. I’ll be comparing this lens with the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Milvus as well as the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 in a future post.

While these particular models are intended for still photography, this is relevant here because a cine version with standardized gears, clickless aperture, T-stop markings, and proper focus scales is immanent. This is also a welcome approach to the mirrorless market considering the mirrorless mount options of the current Rokinon Cine DS primes is simply a large, chunky extension to take up the slack between a reflex system mount and the shallow flange of a mirrorless camera. Picture a Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine DS lens – now add two inches of material at the rear of the lens and top it off with a metal lens mount… As it is right now, the Sony E mount version of the Rokinon Cine DS primes is essentially a permanent mount adapter affixed to the lens… I do enjoy direct mount lenses for mirrorless cameras, but not when it’s an after-thought.

These two new mirrorless lenses are a great step forward with their lightweight, compact design that provides a native mount option for mirrorless cameras. The only downside is that they’re not intended for 35mm full frame cameras. As it always is in the world of optics – everything is a compromise.

Expect the cine versions of these primes to show up over at http://www.ducloslenses.com in a few months. If you simply can’t wait or you don’t care about the cine version, you can purchase the still photo versions at the following links to support this site:

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Matthew Duclos

A connoisseur of fine motion picture lenses, Matthew has spent over half his life servicing, refining, selling, manufacturing, and collecting cinema lenses from around the world. Chief Operating Officer of Duclos Lenses and Founder of TheCineLens.com, Matthew has been contributing to the motion picture industry for over 15 years, and to this site for over 5 years.

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