February 2015


Part of the Rokinon Cine DS line of low-cost prime lenses for cinema and video, the new 12mm T3.1 Cine DS full-frame lens is an ideal low-cost fish-eye solution for Nikon, Canon, MFT and Pentax K cameras, as well as Sony Alpha and mirrorless E mounts. With a minimum focusing distance of 7.9 inches, the 180º (118º on APS-C) 12mm T3.1 has a removable petal-shaped lens hood and seven-blade diaphragm for pleasing bokeh. Each lens in the Cine DS lens line features color matching to other lenses across the line alongside calibrated right- and left-side distance and T-stop scales. The build includes unified gearing for follow-focus units, internal focusing, de-clicked apertures, robust aluminum-alloy chassis, and a Nano Coating system to reduce chromatic aberration, lens flare and ghosting. The 12mm T3.1 Cine DS fish-eye joins a family of affordable lenses currently available in focal lengths of 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 with full-frame coverage. Additionally, a 10mm T1.5 ultrawide and a 16mm T2.2 wide-angle are available, covering APS-C and MFT sensors. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Rokinon, www.rokinon.com.


With a 20x zoom range and a built-in 1.5x extender that increases the coverage all the way to 75-1500mm, the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto is the ultimate in 4K resolution-capable, large-sensor zooms. Available in PL or EF mount, the 50-1000mm weighs 14.6 pounds in a 15.9-inch form factor with 180º of focus rotation. The Digital Drive servo unit for traditional broadcast and ENG performance is removable for filmmaking needs. When attached, the servo provides a zoom/rocker switch and programmable zoom and focus settings. Large, luminous lens markings can be read at night, and the lens has an 11-blade iris, and metadata and camera communication systems, for special effects and virtual imaging work. The 50-1000mm joins six primes and five other full-size zooms in the Canon line of professional Cinema Lenses. List Price: $78,000. Contact: Canon U.S.A., Inc., usa.canon.com.


With an internal 4K camera, instant start-up and wireless transmission of 1080p content to iOS and Android devices at more than a mile, the DJI Inspire 1 launches video capture at the touch of a button. The platform is stabilized through a three-axis gimbal, as well as an Optical Flow camera that will use stereoscopic imaging of the ground to correct for drift—even indoors or without GPS. A new 6-cell battery design enables up to 18 minutes of continuous airtime with power levels that are viewable from the mobile app. The Dynamic Home Point function returns the drone to the pilot automatically in case of lost signal, and the system has an automatic landing program in case of power loss. Additional features include dual-operator control, 94º field of view to limit lens distortion and a larger sensor over previous models for better low-light sensitivity. List Price: $2,899. Contact: DJI, www.dji.com.


Available for Canon EOS and Nikon F-mount cameras, Schneider-Kreuznach has released three high-quality prime lenses for video, stills and filmmaking: the Xenon 35mm ƒ/1.6, Xenon 50mm ƒ/1.4 and Makro-Symmar 85mm ƒ/2.4. The bright Xenon 50mm ƒ/1.4 offers external focus with an imaging scale of 1:10 (to infinity), while the Xenon 35mm with ƒ/1.6 aperture has internal focusing and an image scale of 1:9. With 1:2 image scale reproduction, as well as a 1:1 ratio for macro work when engaging the close-up ring, the Makro-Symmar also has internal focusing. All three lenses include nine-blade apertures for smooth bokeh. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH, www.schneiderkreuznach.com.