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Old September 30th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Canon L Glass vs Rokinon Cine Primes for Video

Hey guys, looking at upgrading to some new primes that're full frame capable for when I upgrade to a 5dii soon, what's the consensus between the Canon L primes and the Rokinon Cine Primes? For half as much a 35mm t1.5 looks good with declicked aperture and lens gear, though the L would be nice for the photo side... Strictly speaking video, how do the lenses compare? Bokeh, Sharpness, etc...

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Old September 30th, 2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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Re: Canon L Glass vs Rokinon Cine Primes for Video

I'm looking at buying a set of these from B&H; the 14mm, 24mm & 35mm. I'll get the 50mm and 85mm cine versions when they are released.

I have read good reviews of these over on some other forums. Seemingly they stack up very well against Canon L series lenses, and are in some cases sharper than Nikon lenses. The only issue seems to that there is a little more CA with these than with L series lenses (though it is negligible).

There are a lot of positive reviews over on RedUser; seemingly they work well at 5K, so they should be up to the task for any HD work.

See this article comparing them to Zeiss optics:

Showdown: Rokinon Vs. Zeiss Matthew Duclos' Circle of Confusion
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Old September 30th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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I say do it. I've got a 35mm 1.4 and it is a really good looking lens. No complaints on the video side of picture quality. Plus, the build quality is substantial... feels like a solid, sturdy lens. It is about the size of the 24-105 L lens.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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Re: Canon L Glass vs Rokinon Cine Primes for Video

Quick update, after reading a number of reviews, I bought a Canon 35mm 1.4 L, but will probably also be buying at least one Rokinon Cine soon. I might rent the Cine 35mm t1.5 and do a comparison video.. Anyone try any specific Cine's from rokinon and have thoughts/comparisons to canon versions?
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Old October 1st, 2012, 08:19 AM   #5
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I've had 85mm (non cine) for a while and all i can say it is a very sharp lens and for less than $400 it is a literally no-brainer, my 24mm cine is on the way and i will be collecting the whole set as cine lenses will be released.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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I don't think they will be releasing a 50mm even though they really need to. Just so yall now, there are very little difference in the optic themselves when comparing the cine vs. non-cine. I have rokinon 35mm and 85mm non-cine and am loving it.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 02:11 AM   #7
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On their Facebook page they said they are working on the 85mm and 50mm (85mm is coming first).
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 02:58 AM   #8
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That would be really nice with at 50 from Samyang...

I'm using the 8 (on 7D), 14 and 35 (no cine, but will "upgrade") and I'll get the 24 and 85...

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Old October 5th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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I just declicked my 35, pretty quick, if you are intertested how, do a quick search any you probably will find a YouTube clip. So, no won't get the cine lens, I make same cine gear on my own ( in my friends metal shop) to work with my D|Focus. Now I'll check my 14... Hope that one is as easy...

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Just finished the 14... Exact the same way as the 35. One small differens... The small pin that the "metallic brass" ring hock up on looks a little different. This one is the small peg in the hole attached to the spring.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #10
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I do have the non-cine 85 as well, I'm a pretty big fan. Sucks pretty hard for photo to be honest, but I love it for video. Just did my first shoot with the new 35L tonight, super big fan! Thinking I might get the 8mm cine to rock on the glide cam, but if I'm not pulling focus might as well get the non-cine.. I'd be down for a 50cine big time, can toss my 1.8 hah.

EDIT: Anyone know anything of a good cine 135?
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Thinking I might get the 8mm cine to rock on the glide cam
That's almost fisheye on a crop camera and definitely on a full frame which will give you serious deformed images, probably ok if you do skater video's or for that one particular shot where you want to capture a very large building but for all other general steadicam work the 14mm is a better choice.
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That's almost fisheye on a crop camera and definitely on a full frame which will give you serious deformed images, probably ok if you do skater video's or for that one particular shot where you want to capture a very large building but for all other general steadicam work the 14mm is a better choice.
The 8 is a fisheye and on an APS-C sensor it got almost 180 degree frame. On a FF it vinjett ALOT! And useless for video. If you would cut of the sun hood and crop the 1080 to 720, then you may get a frame without stuff in its way, but what's the point?
On FF the 14 is better... (But the 8 on a APS-C is wider).
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Re: Canon L Glass vs Rokinon Cine Primes for Video

why would you want to fly with a fish eye? I found that even at flying at 16mm, there's some distortion in the Tokina 11-16. Now I prefer to fly at 24mm.

@ Evan: cine 135? you can use manual 135. Zeiss is always good. I have a pentacon "bokeh monster" 135 f 2.8 and I'm extremely happy with it. There are also a bunch of good cheap 135 too.
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