November 14, 2015 at 11:56AM

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Cheap Cine Lenses

What are some affordable cine lenses that are under $500 if there are any? Would it be worth the invesment to get cine lenses or get a better normal lense?
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Non ai nikkor primes is the cheapest prime set that has some very strong results. For about $500 you can almost complete a set.

November 15, 2015 at 5:50PM

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Chris Hackett
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nippon kogaku 85mm 1.8 / 50mm 1.4, better 1.2/35mm 2.0/24mm 2.8 (2.0 you risk to find some lenses with strange coating).
if you are luck you can find all under 800 $, but you must also add since 80$ for lenses to buy bayonet change from nikon to x.
i bought from leitax.com bayonet changes for all nikons. You unmount screw from rear lens, remove nikon bayonet, add leitax bayonet, mount again screws. Now you have a xx mount solid and perfect. don't waste your time on adapter ring when you can buy for same money solid bayonet mount.
here some frame extract from shooting 85mm 1.8 on s35 sensor of Blackmagic Production Camera4K
https://www.behance.net/gallery/24987295/Old-Meet-New

November 17, 2015 at 11:44AM, Edited November 17, 11:51AM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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Depending on your camera, you could also use M42 mount lenses. They adapt easily to an EF mount and the older preset ones often make a good poor man's cine lens - stepless aperture, long throw focus ring and solid metal build. They're usually 'bloomy' wide open, but that can be useful in some situations.

November 17, 2015 at 5:14PM, Edited November 17, 5:15PM

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What sensor and what mount are you using, or do you work with multiple cameras?

November 18, 2015 at 7:35AM

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Milan Schere
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I have a Nikon D7000

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November 18, 2015 at 7:46PM

Under $500 is really tight for cinema lenses, if we're talking about a full set. The previously mentioned Nikon lenses are pretty good and would fit under that price range.

Cinema lenses are nice for pulling focus; it's hard to make small changes to focus on a Nikkor lens, where the differences in distance require very slight turns of the focus ring since they're meant for photography.

Old m42 lenses are another option, and as Ben mentioned they're often built more like cinema lenses. They often have a bit of a stylized "look" to them but that's not all bad. I am a big fan of the Helios 44-2 58mm and Mir 1B 37mm.

November 18, 2015 at 6:59PM

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Philip Heinrich
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Ahh, should have asked what camera you're using because now I see it's a Nikon. M42 lenses won't adapt properly to a Nikon camera.

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November 18, 2015 at 11:07PM

Rokinon /Samyang cine lenses

November 19, 2015 at 2:16PM

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Michael Militscher
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Perhaps first you should first ask yourself the question if you actually need a cine lens.

Typically a cine lens is a lens that

- has a focus ring designed for follow focus,
- has a clickless aperture capability,
- has known T-stop values,
- keeps a constant aperture if the focal length changes (only for zoom lenses),
- stays (mostly) in focus if the focal length changes (only for zoom lenses),
- is part of a family of different focal length lenses to allow easy exchange on a fixed rig.

If you need that you need a cine lens.

I think the cheapest cine lenses are made by Samyang/Rokinon.

March 25, 2016 at 9:44AM, Edited March 25, 9:44AM

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Cary Knoop
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