March 1, 2015 at 6:39PM

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Are Samyang VDSLR II lenses the same as Rokinon Cine DS?

I'm currently in the process of upgrading from my 3-year-old GH2 to an A7S. I'm planning on picking up a set of Rokinon Cine DS Primes, but I'm having a hard time finding a set of all 6 lenses (14, 24, 35, 50, & 135) together in Sony E-mount.

So far, the only in Stock Rokinon kits in E-mount that I've found only contain 4 lenses. I have found sets that contain the 14, 24, 35, 50, and 85 on Ebay from Samyang, though, which seems to be my best bet. Now I'm well aware of the fact that Rokinon and Samyang are the same company, but I'd really like to get the newer and slightly better DS versions of the lenses, and my question is whether or not these are actually the same lenses as the Rokinon Cine DS line or if these are the older versions? Here's what I'm looking at right now:

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=330896348422&alt=web

Does anyone have any idea? It would be really nice to get them all together and save a couple hundred bucks. They're selling the primary 6 lens lineup in at least Canon EF, and I believe that the 50mm and 135mm lenses have ONLY ever been available in the DS versions, so I'm guessing that they are. Plus the "VDSLR II" moniker certainly seems to imply that these are the new lenses, and the pictures all contain the same lens hoods as the DS line. But it'd be really nice to know for sure before I drop $2300...

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Do not buy them in Sony E Mount!!!!
Get them in Nikon/Canon mount instead, that way they can be adapted if you ever get a non-sony camera.

I would go for that purchase otherwise, as they have a return policy.

March 3, 2015 at 1:40AM

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Geoff C. Bassett
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Any opinions?

November 19, 2015 at 1:38AM

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Eugene Bryohin
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This intrigues me, as the Samyang are somewhat less than the Rokinon. Samyang and Rokinon have always been essentially the exact same lenses with different branding. Now that we have Xeen lenses to consider (different division of the company that makes Rokinon and Samyang) I have to wonder if these new lenses from Samyang might differ from the Rokinon DS lenses.

May 26, 2016 at 11:02AM

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David Patterson
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Were you able to confirm that the Samyang VDSLRII and Rokinon DS lenses are the same or differ somehow?

September 21, 2017 at 6:02PM

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David Patterson
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