I purchased these Rokinon Cine lenses not too long ago, and had a chance to compare them to Canon L series Primes. I’ll share some thoughts on what I think. Shot on my Canon 5D mark 3 – so take the full frame into account as well.
Lets dive in.
I had to back up a little bit because the minimum focus much further away than the Canon close focus was. – Also in retrospect, I made the mistake of not having the aperture the same, so the Canon glass has a bit of a shallower DoF.
Again, I had to move the Rokinon lens back a few inches to get the close focus to be at the minimum. The aperture should be at the same for a f-stop and t-stop at a f/1.4 and a t/1.5, but the canon glass is still more exposed than the rokinon glass.
As for the 24mm comparison: I did have a photo but it was on another card and it got formatted =( But you should expect almost the same results.
The Rokinon Cine lenses are wonderful.
- They’re not as sharp as canon glass, but for cinema, it’s kind of nice.
- There are hard stops for focus (I got these specifically for a Steadicam with a wireless FF… and cause I had no fast primes.)
- Smooth aperature – allows for half stops and smoother adjustments on the fly.
- They’re ultra affordable for what you get.
- High aperture range – from T/1.5 to T/22
- They’re about 300K warmer than canon glass, so if you’re switching back and forth, it could cause discrepancies if you’re not careful.
- The 85mm is pretty short, so if you’re putting on a follow focus and a mattebox, good luck.
- The close focus is pretty far away, 1.1M for the 85mm, 0.3M for the 35mm and 0.25M for the 24mm.
- There is no other ranges of the same lens at the same stop. They really need to make a 50mm and a 100mm to have consistency throughout.
- 85mm has a 72mm front while the 35 and 24 have a 77mm front -> causes slowdowns for mattebox donuts or having different sized screw on filters.
Still I think overall, you can’t beat the price and they’re great to have.
Here is a teaser I shot with mixed lenses.
For the most part we used Canon Zooms: 16-35 L f/2.8 and a 28-70 L f/2.8
The ultra wide was a Tokina Zoom 11-16 f/2.8
Long shot into the background was a Sigma Zoom 70-200 f/2.8
The close ups during for the speaking was on the Rokinon Cine 85mm
Everything was shot at a f/4 for the most part | Shot on a Sony FS700.