Differing only in weight, length and iris, Rokinon has announced two similar but slightly different 20mm primes. Joining their separate Digital Photo and Cine DS families of prime lenses, the more expensive Cine DS Rokinon 20mm has a T-stop iris measurement of T1.9 while the Digital Photo 20mm has the almost exact same aperture at f/1.8. (T-stops quantify the full amount of incoming light while f-stops are the size of the opening of the iris.) At $599 and $899 list respectively, they are available for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Micro Four Thirds.
Adding PL-compatibility, Rokinon also makes the much more expensive XEEN line of cinema lenses at $2,995 list each. With full frame coverage for PL, Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts, the primes have common 114mm front-thread as well as matched focus and iris gearing across the line even down to the 14mm wide-angle. (One XEEN focal length, the 16mm T2.6 is APS-C/Super35 rather than full frame). Conversely, the incredibly affordable Cine DS line of primes share many of the same features as the top-of-the-line XEEN models, like geared focus and aperture rings, declicked aperture and internal focusing, while some of them excel in certain aspects, like minimum focusing distance. (At a similar price point of just under three-thousand-dollars each, Sigma has announced a similar range of cinema lenses, also with matching barrels and gearing for fast-swapping of lenses and follow focus systems. Lots more on those systems, including interviews with Sigma’s lens designer, can be found here.)
I picked up the manual focus Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine DS at a bargain sale price of only $250, which has turned into one of my favorite lenses to use for portraiture when doing photography. Currently streeting at $299, the declicked aperture on the 85mm T1.5 gives me a lot of smooth control over aperture for video, and even though the 85mm T1.5 Cine DS has an eight-blade aperture while the corresponding prime in the XEEN line has 11-blades, background and bokeh is generally very smooth and pleasing.
Except for a few unique Rokinon models, none of these lenses have automatic focus or zoom servos, which is one of the ways in which Rokinon is able to produce so many models at such affordable pricing. For even more affordable options for DSLR and mirrorless users, Rokinon’s line of Digital Photo lenses are available for a litany of APS-C and full-frame cameras, including Micro Four Thirds, Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung and Sony as well as multiple mounts in each manufacturer’s camera lines, like Canon EF, Canon AE and Canon M, for example. The primes in the Digital Photo series start as wide as the 7.5mm F3.5 culminating on the telephoto end with the 300mm F6.3.
This last year, Rokinon has also announced the full frame XEEN 135mm T2.2 prime lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, PL mount, Micro Four Thirds MFT and Sony E-mount as well as the Rokinon 14mm T3.1 And 35mm T1.5 in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and PL. Even more confusingly, Rokinon is backed by Korean manufacturer Samyang, who also offers a number of similar focal lengths in their own lines of APS-C and full-frame-DSLR lenses. If anyone is interested in a comparison, pipe up in the comments below and I’ll see if I can get comparison models to post sample shots.
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New — Rokinon 20mm Cinema And Prime Lenses
PRESS RELEASE — Rokinon Fills a Focal length Gap — New 20mm F1.8 and 20mm T1.9 — High Speed Full Frame Super-Wide-Angles — (New York, New York) December 27, 2016 – New and available for immediate delivery are both the Rokinon Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 and Rokinon Cine DS 20mm T1.9 Full Frame Super Wide Angle lenses. Offering the full frame perspective of 20mm and a fast aperture design, these high value prime lenses were designed to fill the gap between the highly popular 14mm and 24mm focal lengths of Rokinon Digital Photo and Cine DS lens systems.
Advantages — Rokinon 20mm Cinema And Prime Lenses
By virtue of a 94.8° diagonal extreme eld of view, they are ideal for producing unique images and videos of landscapes, interiors, architecture, the night sky and everyday shooting. Their bright F1.8 and T1.9 apertures allow high quality imaging in di cult lighting conditions. They can create beautiful background defocus e ects with a shallow depth of eld and deliver more light for easier focusing. The 7.9in / 0.20m minimum focusing distance adds additional versatility.
Design — Rokinon 20mm Cinema And Prime Lenses
The optical design of both the Digital Photo and Cine DS versions feature 13 elements in 12 groups and utilize 2 Aspherical and 3 Extra-Low Dispersion elements to minimize aberration, reduce unnecessary light dispersion and deliver high resolution corner to corner. Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) is employed to optimize light transmission and minimize are and ghost. The non-rotating front lens design enables the easy use of polarizing lters and the included highly e ective petal type hood.
Mounts — Rokinon 20mm Cinema And Prime Lenses
The Rokinon Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 is available in mounts to fit: Canon, Nikon AE, Sony E, Micro 4/3, Pentax K and Fuji X — The Rokinon Cine DS 20mm T1.9 8 is available in mounts to fit: Canon, Nikon, Sony E, and Micro 4/3,
Common Features — Rokinon 20mm Cinema And Prime Lenses
• Focuses to 7.9in / 0.20m
• Rokinon Ultra Multi-Coating
• Circular Aperture with 7 Blades
• Super Wide 94.8° Angle of View
• Non Rotating 77mm Filter Mount
• High Strength Aluminum Alloy Housing
• Quiet, Damped and Smooth Focusing Control
Additional Cine DS Features — Rokinon 20mm Cinema And Prime Lenses
• Geared Focusing and Aperture Controls
• Dual Right and Left Side Distance and T-stop Scales
• Calibrated In T-Stops to Provide Accurate and Consistent Exposure
• De-Clicked Aperture Control for Smooth, Seamless and Silent Adjustment
Manufactured in Korea, Rokinon lenses are serious tools for photographers and videographers who enjoy high image quality without a high price.