Tokina has introduced the FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF for E-mount, manual video lens, clearly recognising a trend in both photographers and filmmakers using the Sony A7 series cameras. It’s great to see manufacturers responding to trends, and Tokina has responded in its own way with the new ‘FíRIN’ product line dedicated to the E-mount system such as the Sony A6300 and Sony A7SII. One would think that 20mm would introduce spherical distortion and chromatic aberration, but 3 super-low dispersion elements reduce these unwanted effects and increase contrast and resolution. The Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF is not just aimed at photographers, as users can also choose a de-clicked aperture ring from f/2 to f/22 and a wide rotating focus barrel, both of which are pleasing additions for video shooters. Usually wide angle lenses are restricted to a slower aperture, but as technology advances, faster apertures are now being included. We’ve seen this in other lenses such as the Sigma ART 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM, which, however, does not have a de-clicked aperture. For APS-C cameras, 20mm full-frame focal length gives you roughly 30mm, and a minimum focus distance of 28cm could make it an ideal and flexible lens for portraits and wider scenes. Although the lens has electronic contacts for recording focal length, aperture and optical data, the lens is fully manual for precise control and adjustment whether you’re shooting stills or video. To combat flares, Tokina designed a square lens hood, but the way in which the lens incorporates filter use after attaching the hood remains to be seen. We will see at Photokina 2016. Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF – Specifications at a glance: 20mm focal distance f/2 to f/22 aperture Full frame E-mount 13 elements in 11 groups 62mm filter size Minimum focus distance of 28mm/11 inches. 9 aperture blades Full length of 81.5mm Weight of 490g Manual control Square lens hood included Full metal body for rugged protection The Tokina FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017, with pre-orders now available from B&H. We’ll be sure to get ‘Hands On’ with this lens at Photokina next week!Read more
Samyang has been quite busy lately. Among other mostly photo-related lens announcements, they have just unveiled the newest addition to their cinema lens line-up: the Xeen 16mm T2.6. The Xeen 16mm T2.6 Cine Lens Samyang keeps adding lenses to their current Xeen cinema lens line-up, with their newest addition just unveiled at this year’s Photokina. Sitting in between the 14mm T3.1 and the 24mm T1.5, the new Xeen 16mm T2.6 could become your new favourite wide angle lens. Due to its faster aperture, it might also prove to be much more versatile than the 14mm T3.1 option. Samyang’s Jeon Min, Shin claims that the decision behind introducing a model with these specs is that the former wide angle option, the Xeen 14mm T3.1, may be just a little bit too wide (and more importantly, too slow) for most cinematographic needs. This newest addition brings the whole Xeen range of lenses up to a grand total of 7 primes to choose from: 14mm T3.1 16mm T2.6 24mm T1.5 35mm T1.5 50mm T1.5 85mm T1.5 135mm T2.2. Maybe we’ll even see some more focal lengths to choose from in the future? At this rate of development, this might just be the case. the Xeen 14mm T3.1 , maybe the new 16mm T2.6 is the better option? The Xeen range of cine lenses are improved versions of Samyang’s previous line of VDSLR lenses for cine use, but are enhanced in a variety of ways, such as with newly formulated coatings, a stronger housing and shared aperture and focus gear position. It’s worth mentioning that in the case of this particular lens, it also improves upon its cheaper VDSLR-line version by covering a full-frame imager, rather than being Super35mm-only like its earlier counterpart. Pricing and availability The new Xeen 16mm lens will be available at the end of this year, and will be the same price as other Xeen cine primes at around $2,495. Just as all the others, the Xeen 16mm prime will be available in various mount options, such as Canon EF, PL, MFT, Sony E and Nikon F.Read more
Lens manufacturer Cooke Optics, with their wide range of gorgeous cinema prime lenses, have been firmly in the PL mount camp for years. But that will change this October when their new mounts ship for the Cooke MiniS4i Cine Lens. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to see the Cooke MiniS4i Cine Lenses in action on the set of the feature film The Good Catholic, and take it from me that they shoot a beautiful image. For that project we used the RED Epic Dragon with a Wooden Camera PL mount, but now for the next film we could go with a new Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E or micro 4/3 mounted Cooke MiniS4i Cine Lens. Cooke S4/i Cinema Primes on the set of The Good Catholic. Picture: Graham Sheldon If you are a current owner of these lenses, you’ll be able to unbolt the standard PL mount yourself, bolt on your new mount, and shim to adjust back focus. Come this October you’ll be able to order your lens from the factory with the new mounts pre-attached. PL Mounts remain the only choice on many larger productions using popular cinema zoom lenses like the Fujinon 19-90mm T2.9 or the Angenieux 30-76mm T2.8, but this move from Cooke Optics will hopefully inspire other manufacturers to build mounts for their flagship cinema lenses as well, versus relying on 3rd party options. No pricing information yet.Read more
The new XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens just announced by Samyang is the latest addition to their rugged, 4K-capable line-up. After successive releases of the 14mm and 35mm XEEN lenses earlier in the year, this completes the line up of premium optics from Samyang, the infiltrator of the cinema optics market. The new XEEN 135mm boasts a T2.2 aperture, which is nearly equivalent to F2, a perfect focal length for intimate portrait shots of subjects. Not limited to Canon EF or Nikon F mount, the lenses are also available in PL, Sony E and MFT mounts also. The minimum focus distance on the spec sheet of the XEEN 135mm is 0.8m, but as displayed on the image of the lens itself, it’s 2.9 feet, which is roughly 88cm. This is closer than the Zeiss CP.2 135mm, which comes in at 1m. Unsurprisingly, it is also the heaviest lens in the range, weighing 1.382kg, although that is not a surprise considering the full metal body. The XEEN range is designed for inter-operability, allowing the quick and easy switching with other XEEN lenses without adjusting your current setup, whether that be matte boxes, follow focus or the camera itself. There is no mention of price, but as all the other lenses in the range are priced at £2495 (£1600), I would assume the price would follow suit. There is no release date for the 135mm model yet, but expect news from IBC and Photokina with more info!Read more
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