Previous news story    Next news story

Rokinon launches Cine 16mm T2.2 lens for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds

By dpreview staff on Aug 19, 2013 at 18:43 GMT

Rokinon has made available a video version of the Samyang 16mm f/2.0 prime. The 16mm T2.2 Cine lens is available for pre-order in Nikon F, Canon EF, Micro Four Thirds, Sony A, and Sony E mounts. Like other video primes, it offers focus and aperture racks for use with cinema rigs, stepless aperture control, and calibration in T-stops rather than F-stops. B&H is offering each at $529 for pre-order.

Rokinon's website lists compatible mounts for Pentax, Samsung NX and Fujifilm X though they aren't yet available for pre-order, and lists the lens at an MSRP of $499. The sample video below is from Rokinon's site, shot with the 16mm T2.2 and a Canon EOS 60D.

Additional Images


Total comments: 19
By photoshoptravel (7 months ago)

there is the high recommended lens on the market. <a href=" /" rel="nofollow">PSD Free download</a>i will use this lens in my DSLR camera. i am a photographer.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

At long last, after all the junker camera announcement that just came out of Canon.... here is something valuable at a super attractive price that a lot of photographers and particularly videographers will find invaluable. I am with the Koreans on this all the way!

1 upvote
comet suisei
By comet suisei (8 months ago)

i had once a Samyang lens for a couple days, this 16mm Rokinon one is also made by the Southkorean brand, with its all-plastic barrel the 35mm lens felt a little cheap, the lens was showing more barrel distortion than a similar lens f exp Sigma.
The bokeh at large apertures was unsatisfied, i agree, the definition of bokeh is subjective, but the Samyang 35mm 1.4, instead of visualising a smooth and gradual move to blur, it produced an image where the out of focus areas were distracting, so why would you get such a fast lens if you can't use it with large apertures? Also, the 35mm is not weather sealed.
Of course they're pricey, but i would not buy any lens from Samyang again for the moment, better pay 200 Dollar more and get a Nikon Canon Sigma Tamron or whatever Japanese lens, maybe Samyang needs some more years to compete with the Japanese or German manufacturers.

By D1N0 (8 months ago)

all of that you can tell from using one lens...

By videomaker (7 months ago)

I have no clue why your comment is like this. Are you from Japan or China. I know they tend to bash Korean products. Samyang makes some really nice lenses and for the price just simply outstanding. The performance on the 85mm is so so great. I use it more than my 85 canon L. There is a cultural reason to why price is the way it is priced. In Korea....they are still conditioned in the culture to keep prices honest. The Canon and Zeiss lenses are so overpriced. People are so conditioned that high price is value. It is ridiculous. I mean really ridiculous. And the fact photographers are comparing a $4000 canon cinema lens to a $400-$600 lens really baffles me. I don't think you have any what Korea and China will produce. China needed some time they have lots of money and power.....this country is going to make some great things as well as Korea.
Just stick with your Canon and Zeiss lenses and quit making trouble.

Comment edited 7 minutes after posting
M Jesper
By M Jesper (8 months ago)

Nice texture.

By Ettishole (8 months ago)

Good lens, good price... I can dig it.

By alextardif (8 months ago)

The biggest issue I see with this is the fact that the guy is washing his car while it's dry (@1:03). C'mon, maaaan, rinse the damn thing first!!!

Artak Hambarian
By Artak Hambarian (8 months ago)

I personally would see more issue in washing an absolutely clean car... howver, for the price this lens is useful.

1 upvote
By Jun2 (8 months ago)

Well, they should hire a sexy model to wash that car.

Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (8 months ago)

And fix that gaddem faucet!

Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (8 months ago)

Is that the same optical design for DSLRs and mirrorless? Bit of a waste releasing a retrofocal lens with all that space behind the rear element on a short mirrorless mount, but being a pro video lens I guess people aren't buying it for the size.

By ManuelVilardeMacedo (8 months ago)

I'm just waiting for those idiotic comments from silly people who'll come up and tell us this lens sucks because it's a 24mm-f/3.3 or a 32mm-f/4.4. Other than that I couldn't care less about this lens. It is just waiting for the slightest pretext to merrily disintegrate itself, like all Rokinon/Samyang/Opteka/Whatever lenses.

1 upvote
By Ergo607 (8 months ago)

Been sleeping bad, didya?

By rb59020 (8 months ago)

"It is just waiting for the slightest pretext to merrily disintegrate itself, like all Rokinon/Samyang/Opteka/Whatever lenses."

I would much rather pay seven times more for a Canon or Zeiss cine lens.

By rallyfan (8 months ago)

Not a bad price at all actually. Let's see if they're solid. Interesting though.

By D1N0 (8 months ago)

of course it is only t3.3/4.4 equivalent ;)

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
By Houseqatz (8 months ago)


By sakjdakjas (8 months ago)

And I bet your comment is based upon thorough light transmission testing vs other F2.0 / T 2.2 lenses :)

1 upvote
Total comments: 19