New Samyang Cinema Lenses

Samyang Cine Lenses

Samyang Optics has launched three new cinema lenses for Nikon and Canon mount HDSLRs.

  • 14mm T3.1 ED AS UMC
  • 24mm T1.5 ED AS UMC
  • 35mm T1.5 ED AS UMC

These new cine lenses accompany the existing Samyang 8mm T3.8 Fisheye cine lens and feature “follow-focus gearing on focus and decoupled aperture. Such alterations allow the user to smoothly and quietly change focus and aperture / depth of field whist filming. Another feature is the visibility of the aperture and focus scale on the side of the lens.”

The new lenses should be available in August/September 2012.

5 Killer Canon Lenses for Video

SMAPP put together the above video that highlights 5 Canon lenses that are great for shooting video on Canon HDSLRs.  While I haven’t used all of these, I found their insight to be particularly compelling for uses of the 14mm and 135mm.  And, while I use the 24-105mm regularly, I hadn’t considered the 135mm + 1.4x extender as an alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in my kit.

The full list of “killer” lenses is as follows.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM

Canon 1.4x EF Extender III

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

[via FStoppers]

5 New Leica S System Lenses

Leica S System Lenses

Leica has unveiled five new S system lenses for the S2 medium format camera, all of which are now available in a CS version with a central leaf shutter.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon 15.5-47mm T2.8 and 30-105mm T2.8 Cinema Lenses

Canon 30-105mm Cine Zoom

Canon 30-105mm Cine Zoom

Along with the Canon EOS 1D C and EOS C500, Canon also unveiled a pair of new Cinema Zoom lenses today – each in PL and EF mounts.  The CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP lenses are designed to cover Super 35 frames and deliver top notch performance at 4K resolution.

Canon 15-47mm Cine Zoom

Canon 15-47mm Cine Zoom

No word yet on price or release dates; however, given the $45K+ price tag of the last Canon cinema zoom lenses announced, I wouldn’t expect these to be much less.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Zeiss 15mm T2.9 and 135mm T2.1 CP.2 Lenses Announced

Zeiss CP.2 15mm T2.9

Zeiss CP.2 15mm T2.9

Zeiss has unveiled two new compact prime lenses – the CP.2 15/T2.9 super wide angle lens and the CP.2 135/T2.1 lens.  The new CP.2 lenses offer full frame coverage in multiple mount options - PL, EF, F, MFT and E mounts.

Zeiss CP.2 135mm T2.1

Zeiss CP.2 135mm T2.1

The lenses will retail at $5700 each and will have their official coming out party at NAB 2012.

More info in the press release below. [Read more...]

Sigma 19mm & 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lenses Hands-On

Sigma EX DN Lens

A couple of upcoming lenses that I’m looking forward to trying out are the Sigma 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 models for NEX and Micro Four Thirds cameras.  I’m particularly looking forward to getting a production model of the 30mm f/2.8 lens in the NEX mount since it works out to a 45mm-equivalent (60mm-equivalent for Micro Four Thirds models). [Read more...]