Late last week, Samyang announced a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens and a cine-style variation with a T/3.1 aperture, geared focus and iris, and longer throw distances. Macro lenses, of course, have the ability to focus at much closer distances than their non-macro counterparts, which makes them perfect for capturing extreme close-ups of smaller items that would otherwise be difficult to photograph in extreme detail. That makes macro lenses great for a number of purposes, including nature and product photography, but for filmmakers, macro lenses are great for capturing highly-detailed inserts and cutaways.
Here's some footage shot with the new lens to give you an idea of what it can do. Just as a heads up, you may want to mute the video because the song choice is -- questionable.
Here are the basic specs and another photo of the new 100mm T/3.1:
- 100mm Lens
- Full-Frame Coverage
- Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
- Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
- Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
- De-Clicked Aperture Ring
- Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
- Manual Focus and Aperture
- Removable Lens Hood
- Accepts 67mm Threaded Filter Rings
The Rokinon 100mm T/3.1 comes in a whole array of mounts for different camera systems and will retail for $599. It is currently available for pre-order at B&H and is expected to begin shipping within the next two weeks.