January 11, 2015

Samyang/Rokinon Announce 135mm f/2.0 & Cine 135mm T2.2 Lenses

Samyang 135mm f/2
Samyang of Korea has slowly but surely been introducing a full line of cine lenses, complete with geared rings and smooth apertures. 

[Update]: This lens has now been officially announced. Here is the photography version, and the cine version (here it is from Samyang to pre-order, and from Rokinon):

Samyang 135mm f/2 Photo Lens
Samyang 135mm T2.2 Photo Lens

While a few months ago they finally added a 50mm T1.5 lens, they haven't really had much in the way of long lenses. That's about to change however, as images leaked on eBay of a lens that should be fully announced sometime in the next month has been announced. (Thanks to Vitaly and Sony Alpha Rumors for the original leak). Here are the specs:

  • 1:2.0 or T2.2 135mm ED UMC
  • Aperture Range: F/2.0 or T2.2 ~ 22
  • Mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Four Thirds, Micro Four-Thirds
  • Optical Construction: 11 Elements in 7 Groups
  • Min Focusing Distance: 0.8m (2.62ft)
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Max Diameter: 82mm
  • Full-frame coverage
  • Angle of View: 18.8° / 11.7°
  • Length: 122.1mm
  • Weight: 830g
  • Price: $550 for Photo, $600 for Cine

We are presuming this is accurate information, but it's certainly possible some of it could be different when it's actually announced. We do know a lens like this was coming, as we had teasers from both Samyang and Rokinon:

The cine version will be slightly more expensive, but the set is far more complete now with this 135mm lens coming soon. As far as cine lenses covering full-frame, they will now have the 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5, and now the 135mm, which will probably be around a T2.2 (maybe slightly slower). For APS-C, they've got the 8mm T3.8, 10mm T3.1, 12mm T3.1, and 16mm T2.2. It's also worth noting that Rokinon has a slightly higher-end version of these lenses called Cine DS, which have uniform iris and focus gears, scales on both sides, and color matching to a higher degree.     

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hmm, i'm a big fan of Zeiss glass myself - can anyone else comment on a comparison between the two as the price point just keeps becoming more and more attractive. (i'm talking Zeiss Planar specifically)

January 12, 2015 at 1:39AM, Edited January 12, 1:39AM

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Tobias Ridewood
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January 12, 2015 at 2:02AM, Edited January 12, 2:02AM

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Micah Van Hove
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24mm is probably the worst of the bunch. 35 and 50 perform significantly better.

January 12, 2015 at 2:59PM

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Steven Bailey
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I opted for the Nikon 28 ais instead because of this fact. Not exactly an exact replacemt for a 24, but close enough and an amazing performer. Even the color is a pretty close match. I have all their other lenses which are great and especially as Stephen has mentioned, the 35 and 50 are standouts. These two will hang with nearly any lens out there. Many actually prefer their look over higher end glass which can be a little cooler and more analytical.

January 12, 2015 at 3:38PM

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Benton Collins
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Here is an comparison between this lens and Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 APO lens from a Korean beta-tester. The Zeiss lens is a Sonnar, not Planar, though.
http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Samyang-135mm-f2-vs-Sony-ZA-135mm-f18
Top: Samyang, bottom Zeiss.

And this one is comparison between this lens and Canon 135mm f/2 L
http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Samyang-135mm-f2-vs-Canon-EF-135mm-2-L

January 18, 2015 at 7:37AM

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G-hun Zern
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I bought the Rokinon 35 and used it on a shoot with the BMPC 4K. It was horrible. The lens suffered from ghosting that put blurred halos around objects of even moderate brightness. In post, we found some shots that looked like they were out of focus; but nothing in the frame was in focus, regardless of distance from the camera. I realized that these were the shots from the Rokinon, before I discovered its wretched quality and stopped using it.

The other shots in the project were done with Canon still lenses, and their quality obliterates the quality of those from the Rokinon 35. If you think this lens is acceptable, you're seriously compromising your production.

January 30, 2015 at 5:23PM

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David Gurney
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I'd like to own a full set of these. Used them once before, nice glass. Can't beat the price, pretty much.

January 12, 2015 at 2:01AM

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Micah Van Hove
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I have their 14mm, 35mm and 85mm and they are fantastic for the price. Canon glass is usually twice as expensive, but I can't really say that they are twice as good.

January 12, 2015 at 2:15AM

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For the price this lenses are a miracle.. Already own 16mm T2.2, 35mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5.. So happy with them.. Of course in the future i hope to have some zeiss glass.. But by the moment god bless Samyang. The 135mm looks gorgeous

January 12, 2015 at 3:23AM

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Chema Mumford
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Even besides the price, the 16mm T2.2 is an amazing lens. Few others even compete with the speed and sharpness of that gem...

January 13, 2015 at 4:10PM

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typo with the minimum focus distance. Should be "0.8m", not "0.8mm". And if it's not a typo, well then that's pretty awesome.

January 12, 2015 at 8:37AM

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JP Lew
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Here's a listing on eBay if anyone wants to order the photo version from Hong Kong:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samyang-135mm-F2-0-ED-f-2-0-Aspherical-Telephoto-Full-Frame-Lens-for-Canon-EF-/221660500219

January 12, 2015 at 8:56AM

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JP Lew
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I've got several of these lenses and have reviews of them on my YT channel https://www.youtube.com/user/steveoakleydotnet where you can see them on their own and compared to others. one main thing - the a plastic and and the super sturdy kind. My 14mm to a fall mounted on C100 to wood floor. The C100 bounces nicely :/ but the lens mount broke off on the 14mm. it should of been a matter of 4 screws and replacing the back plastic part, nope. had to replace the entire lens as no parts are available. they cut me a deal to replace but the point is - it should of been a $10-$20 part I replaced on my own, or they did for maybe $50. so these lenses will NOT stand up to the occasional bad bump or hit. Len Rentals has also shown them to be the most repaired glass they have….

optically they are very nice modern glass and if they have one short coming, its that they should use more like 9-11 iris blades like real cine glass in the cine versions. would make for nicer bohkeh.

January 12, 2015 at 12:34PM, Edited January 12, 12:34PM

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Steve Oakley
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"Should of"?

What is that supposed to mean?

January 30, 2015 at 5:17PM

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David Gurney
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I really hope they bundle this well with their other cine lens options. Was just about to pull the trigger on the 24 35 50 85 kit. So excited to try the kit on the a7s.

Any one have any experience using these with the APS-C function on the a7s? Is it a usable feature to carry less lenses on you and cover more focal ranges? I do mostly doc stuff and love traveling light.

January 12, 2015 at 1:33PM

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I've used the 85 for wedding video, seriously smooth focus ring and the weight is nothing.

January 12, 2015 at 2:30PM

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Isaac Alonzo
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The crop mode function is nice - use it on my a7 with my 14mm and 24mm lenses and takes picture / sensor down to 10mp. On an a7s it would bring size down to a 5mp file. Seems a tad small to me.

January 12, 2015 at 3:10PM

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Hamm
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Here is a Korean beta-tester's comparison between this lens and Canon 135mm F/2 L, Sigma 70-200 F/2.8
http://www.slrclub.com/bbs/vx2.php?id=user_review&divpage=6&no=40970
As you can see from the chart, this lens is clearly better than the other two from the f/2.

January 12, 2015 at 10:44PM

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G-hun Zern
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