May 10, 2015 at 11:55AM

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Rokinon Cine DS Lens which should I buy?

Hey everyone! Brand new filmmaker here so please be kind.

I am planning to buy a set of Rokinon Cine DS Lens (Canon EF) but don't know which ones I should buy as a kit.

Since you all have so much experience. I would like to ask which lens should I buy that will be basically key "go to/dependable" Since some lens you might buy but hardly ever use it. My budget is about $1500.

I am thinking of 14mm, 35mm and 50mm. If I get 50mm do I really need 85mm (since I can move the camera) same for 14mm to 16 and 24mm.

Any Advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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The 35mm and the 50mm are too close in terms of their FOV, so I would go with the 35mm and the 85mm.

Their 14mm is an older lens design and is soft at wider apertures compared to their 12mm or 16mm lenses. The set I would get to start would be the 16mm, 35mm, 85mm lenses. ( you can always add on the 12mm and the 50mm down the road )

May 10, 2015 at 1:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Guy McLoughlin
Thank you Sir!

May 11, 2015 at 3:25PM

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kevinlee
Student
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Also depends on your style.
Personally i like wider lenses.
i own a bunch of lenses but usually take with me 24, 28, 35, 85, 100ish.
when i rent i tend to go 21, 25, 35, 100macro
generally wide and something long for detail shots. But i also know someone who prefers longer lenses. their set is 35, 50ish, 100 macro plus a zoom up to 200+
so it kind of depends.

May 12, 2015 at 6:15PM

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Kazu Okuda
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Start with the 24mm it's the best of the bunch. Then go 50mm or 85mm if you feel the 50 isn't long enough. If you're looking for wider lenses the 14mm isn't well regarded but the 16mm is a wonderful lens in my opinion if you are shooting APSc or smaller. The 16mm with Speedbooster on my GH4 is one of my favorites. The 10mm is also nice but not very fast. I haven't tried their 7.5, 8, or 12mm lenses.

May 13, 2015 at 6:47PM

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Gordon Ian Green
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I switched from Canon L lenses to these and I have been floored with how great these lenses look. It obviously depends on what you're shooting but in an overall statement: I end up using the 50mm the most, then probably the 85 and 35 (tight and wideishh) .. then the 24. I hardly ever use the 14. The Rokinon 50mm is one of my favorite lenses.

Enjoy!

May 14, 2015 at 4:22PM

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