March 26, 2017 at 12:21AM


Rokinon Cine lenses and 4K

Hello everyone,

I've been shooting 1080 using a set of Rokinon Cine lenses - not Xeen - and I've just purchased a Cion, my first foray into 4K. I know the Rokinons aren't stellar lenses, but I'm wondering if they're generally usable for 4K, or even just 2K. I'll be upgrading to something with better performance and with a bit more user-friendliness, but for now the Rokinons are it. Thoughts?



I've been shooting 4K footage with my GH4 for the past two years using old Nikon AI-S glass from the 90's, and these produce a gorgeous image in 4K. I can't see Rokinon Cine lenses having any problem shooting 4K footage.

...Now things might be different once 8K becomes a common format, but I think we've got a long way to go before that happens.

March 26, 2017 at 5:44PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Pretty much ANY lens is going to be good enough for 4k. 4k in motion pictures translates to about 8 Megapixels in the still world. 8K is a mark hit a long time ago. Going to 8k is only 33MP, just a bit more than Canon 5d mark in still mode. If you can put lens on a modern DSLR and get a clean image it will be good enough for film making for the foreseeable future.

You may see more "character" from your lens then you are used to, but all in all lenses have been good enough for a while.

March 27, 2017 at 1:48PM, Edited March 27, 1:50PM

You voted '+1'.

Thanks Guy and Joseph! I'm glad to know my investment hasn't suddenly been made obsolete. In fact, once I upgrade to higher-end lenses, I make keep the Rokinons for the character and as backups for any instances that might be hazardous to glass.

March 27, 2017 at 8:19PM


I have 35-50-85 cinelens samyang (other brand name for rokinon) and i can tell you that work fine on 4k, sharp where need and smooth on bohen where you need. them are enought sharp to exchange with many other L series canon that i used without notice sharpness difference, are different like clarity, but i prefer less clarity like old lenses, be cause i can add in post, remove clarity is a quite difficult task. enjoy of your lens for a long time ;-D

March 28, 2017 at 5:26AM

Carlo Macchiavello

Isn't the Cion a PL mount camera? The Rokinon Cine DS line is not made in a PL mount. You may need some new lenses.

March 28, 2017 at 7:05PM, Edited March 28, 7:05PM

Sean Tracy

just get a ef to pl adapter

Joseph Slomka

March 29, 2017 at 3:02PM

Hi Sean,

Correct - mostly. ; ) There are aftermarket mounts for Nikon and Canon EF. I bought a Nikon mount made by Wooden Camera.

David A. Barak

April 14, 2017 at 12:46AM

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