Rokinon Announced New Photo and Cine Lenses for Mirrorless and APS-C Cameras


Rokinon (Samyang) has announced several new photo and cine lenses for mirrorless cameras and APS-C DSLR cameras.

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II | Rokinon 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS | Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS | Rokinon 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II

The 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II lens is the second generation of this popular lens for mirrorless cameras. It offers a 12mm focal length equivalency (12.8mm for Canon M) in the 35mm format with an 180° angle of view and a minimum focus distance of 1′. Two aspherical elements and three ED elements minimize aberrations and create clear, high contrast and color-accurate images. A built-in petal-shaped lens hood helps to deflect stray light and protects the front element. The lens’s mirrorless mounts include Canon EF-M mountFujifilm X mountSamsung NX mount, and Sony E mount.

Rokinon 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS

The 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens distinguishes itself from the other new releases because it is presented for mirrorless and DSLR (APS-C) mounts. Considered a high-performance wide-angle lens with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and rectilinear image format, it is suggested not just for landscapes and tight interiors but also for sports and photojournalistic applications. Its 35mm focal length equivalence is 15mm on APS-C format cameras, 16mm on Canon APS-C cameras, and 20mm on Micro Four Thirds cameras. Its minimum focus distance is 9.4″ and with one Extra-low Dispersion and two aspherical elements, aberrations are controlled. A nano-crystal anti-reflection coating system (NCS) is applied evenly on the inner surface of one lens element to improve light transmission and reduce the reflections that cause ghosting and flare. The Nikon F mount version of this lens provides automatic exposure capability in A/S/M and P modes. Additionally, the lens is available in Canon EFPentax KSony ACanon EF-MFujifilm XSamsung NXSony E, and Micro Four Thirds mounts.

Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS

Made just for mirrorless mounts is the new 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens. It is available in Canon EF-MFujifilm XSamsung NXSony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Its 35mm focal length equivalency for MFT cameras is 24mm, for Canon M cameras it is 19.2mm, and for the other three mounts, 18mm. With an f/2.0 maximum aperture, it is particularly effective in low-light capture and can control shallow depth of field for precise subject focus with pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds. It offers a minimum focus distance of 7.9″. The lens’s impressive optical construction consists of three Extra-low Dispersion elements, one aspherical, and one hybrid aspherical element. The nano-crystal coating is applied to the inner surface of the two front-most lens elements to minimize ghosting and flare and improve overall image clarity. Unlike the above two lenses, the 12mm accepts front filters and provides a 67mm diameter thread.

Photo Lenses
10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II Lens
Mount Types Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E
Format Compatibility APS-C, Micro Four Thirds APS-C, Micro Four Thirds APS-C
Focal Length 10mm 12mm 8mm
Focal Length (35mm Equiv.) Canon APS-C (1.6x): 16mm
APS-C (1.5x): 15mm
Micro Four Thirds (2x): 20mm
Canon APS-C (1.6x): 19.2mm
APS-C (1.5x): 18mm
Micro Four Thirds (2x): 24mm
Canon APS-C (1.6x): 12.8mm
APS-C (1.5x): 12mm
Aperture Range f/2.8-22 f/2.0-22 f/2.8-22
Minimum Focusing Distance 9.4″ (0.24 m) 7.9″ (0.2 m) 1′ (0.3 m)
Lens Construction 14 elements / 9 groups 12 elements / 10 groups 11 elements / 8 groups
Angle of View Canon APS-C: 105.9°
APS-C: 109.5°
Four Thirds/Micro Four Thirds: 93.4°
APS-C: 98.9°
Micro Four Thirds: 83°
APS-C: 180°
Filter Thread None 67mm None
Diameter 3.4″ (86mm) 2.9″ (72.5mm) 2.4″ (60mm)
Dimensions (DxL) 3.4 x 3.0-4.1″ (86.0 x 76.7-105.2mm) depending on mount 2.9 x 2.0-2.3″ (72.5 x 51.6-59.4mm) depending on mount 2.4 x 2.2-2.6″ (60.0 x 57.0-64.8mm) depending on mount
Weight 1.3-1.4 lb (580-625 g) depending on mount 8.3-9.2 oz (235-260 g) depending on mount 8.8-9.7 oz (250-275 g) depending on mount

Rokinon 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II

The new manual focus 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II lens is available for mirrorless Canon EF-MFujfilm XSamsung NX, and Sony E mounts. As a lens designed for shooting HD video, it offers features that differentiate it from “photo lenses,” which, of course, can also serve to shoot HDSLR video. However, a Cine-dedicated lens, like the 8mm T3.1, has a clickless aperture ring, which is not only silent but enables smooth transitions between stops and the ability to shoot between those stops. Furthermore, it relates aperture in T-stops, which stands for Transmission-stops and denotes a more accurate measurement of the light entering through the lens, and provides a more consistent measurement from lens to lens. Additionally, a Cine lens features geared aperture and focus rings to enable the use of focus pull apparatus such as a follow focus system.