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Samyang offers lens kits for videographers

By dpreview staff on Nov 1, 2013 at 11:20 GMT

Korean lens maker Samyang has announced that it will be offering a series of kits aimed at professional filmmakers, enthusiasts and film schools, consisting of a selection of its videography lenses housed in a protective hard case. Four kits will be available: wide-angle and standard three-lens kits for 35mm and Super 35mm cameras, a general-purpose three-lens kit for APS-C sensor camera, and a wide-ranging 5-lens kit for 35mm and Super 35mm lens kits. Prices are yet to be announced. 

Four Samyang Cinema kits

Responding to the increasing demand for high-quality cine optics for cameras and camcorders, Samyang has prepared a special offer aimed at professional filmmakers, enthusiasts and film schools. Four kits of cine lenses with dedicated "hard" cases will be released on the market at the beginning of November.

Samyang Cinema Kits include selected V-DSLR lenses and cases to protect them against accidental mechanical damages and unfavourable atmospheric conditions, such as dampness or dusting. Depending on the contents of a selected kit, the cases will be offered in two sizes. Smaller (330×310×148 cm) which weighs 1.65 kg and houses up to three lenses, and larger M case (400×320×180 cm) which weighs 3.2 kg and houses up to six lenses.

Samyang Cinema Kit 1

Wide-angle kit for 35mm and Super 35mm cameras and camcorders, e.g., Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Cinema EOS, RED Digital Cinema, Sony Professional Cameras S35.

  • Samyang V-DSLR 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 35mm T1.5 AS AS UMC
  • Samyang S Case

Samyang Cinema Kit 2

Standard kit for 35mm and Super 35mm cameras and camcorders, e.g., Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Cinema EOS, RED Digital Cinema, Sony Professional Cameras S35.

  • Samyang V-DSLR 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 35mm T1.5 AS AS UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC
  • Samyang S Case 

Samyang Cinema Kit 3

Kit for APS-C or for smaller sensor size cameras and camcorders, e.g., Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

  • Samyang V-DSLR 8mm T3.8 UMC Fish-eye CS II
  • Samyang V-DSLR 16mm T2.2 AS UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 35mm T1.5 AS UMC
  • Samyang S Case

Samyang Cinema Kit 4

Wide-angle kit for 35mm and Super 35mm cameras and camcorders, e.g., Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Cinema EOS, RED Digital Cinema, Sony Professional Cameras S35.

  • Samyang V-DSLR 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 35mm T1.5 AS AS UMC
  • Samyang V-DSLR 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC
  • Samyang 500mm F6.3 DX Mirror
  • Samyang M Case

Estimated retail prices of Samyang Cinema Kits will be announced later.

Comments

Total comments: 22
luluj
By luluj (3 months ago)

Samyang is a real goody cuz not only it's affordable but then also it gives just as a sharp image as Canon equivalent. Samyang has a neat website freshly renewed so it's got easier for me to look around and shop better. Goody Goody! =D Oh, and they are having a promotion right now too so you can go take a look. Just Google Samyang.

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Kurnia Lim
By Kurnia Lim (5 months ago)

Can I use T-stop lens for just photo not video?

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sakjdakjas
By sakjdakjas (5 months ago)

Sure !

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Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (5 months ago)

So... This set is the 'crème de la crème' of Samyang guys?

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Robert Soderlund
By Robert Soderlund (5 months ago)

Wouldn't a video maker want the lowest vignetting, the lowest CA on the expense of sharpness that photographers want? If these are just copies of the photo models, then all i can see is the smooth t-stop and its probable 0.1 increment on stops in the camera, but that is just a mechanics advantage.

On top of that, video lenses could benefit from stopping down further than photo ones, due to diffraction not always taking the same toll on sharpness.

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Jogger
By Jogger (5 months ago)

Actually, as a teaching tool, these would be great.. learning how to follow-up, setting up the gearing, matte box, etc. They are super cheap, so a school can buy a whole bunch of them.

I wouldnt except a major production to be using these.. the lens costs are minimal compared to the overall cost of production. They would not be looking to save monies by going to cheap lenses.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (4 months ago)

Totally disagree with what Jogger just said.

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linzdoctor7d
By linzdoctor7d (5 months ago)

When is Samyang releasing the APS 10mm F2.8?

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Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (5 months ago)

Last information on their facebook page says first quarter of 2014, but initially it would be released Q4 of 2012, so let's wait and see...

(I already jumped the gun and bought a Tokina 11-16, but if the 10mm turns out to be as good as the 14mm I'm inclined to buy it anyway for nightsky photography, and timelapses where the manual aperture selection would be usefull)

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (5 months ago)

You know, on the outset these sound like great lenses, and I'm sure they are. But I think I will pass. The 16 2.0 for example sounds FAST. But on APS-C it's equivalent to 24 3.2 35mm. Meanwhile, I can get a Lens Turbo and an old 24 2.8, which would translate to a 16 1.8, for less money. A lowly 50 1.8 becomes a 33 1.2. Etc. etc. Plus I would be getting 2 lenses in 1 with each lens. Not saying these lenses are worthless or that the speed booster combos would be a match in IQ, but for me right now, ehhh. I mean a 24 2.0 an 50 1.4-1.8 would cover the span of a standard zoom with max apertures reaching 1.0 depending on the combo. Plus it's all MF anyway.

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (5 months ago)

Many of the legacy lenses, especially those that sell for cheap, cannot be used fully open on the smaller formats due to excessive softness and lack of contrast. So you end up stopping them down even more than the "equivalent" aperture of the new lenses.

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fortwodriver
By fortwodriver (5 months ago)

...but these are measured in T stops, not F-Stops. So their stops are calibrated to the amount of light they transmit.

Are you worried about DOF?

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sakjdakjas
By sakjdakjas (5 months ago)

An old old 24 2.8 + a focal reducer (yet another glass element) will be inferior to a top echelon modern 16mm F2.0 lens, especially wide open and for off center qualities.

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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

The Samyang 16 f/2.0 was recently tested by Lenstip and it's an extremely sharp lens even wide open. And it's available for tons of mounts including X-mount.

At some point I'm going to get around to buying the 35 f/1.4 FF lens, which is also a terrific lens, sharp with really nice bokeh. It's amazing how Samyang keeps churning out winners at lots of different focal lengths. Good stuff.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (5 months ago)

"Samyang Sony E-mount series will allow all Sony NEX owners to fully experience high quality optics without additional adapters. Giving the fact, that lenses are prepared for 35mm format, they will perfectly work with not only APS-C cameras, such as Sony NEX 7, but also with the newest Sony Alpha 7R and Sony Alpha 7.

At the moment Samyang provides VDSLR series with Sony NEX mount, which has been designed especially for videomaking purposes:
•Samyang 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC
•Samyang 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC
•Samyang 35mm T1.5 AS IF UMC
•Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC "
http://samyang-europe.com/index.php/new-products/77-samyang-ready-for-e-mount-full-frame

So the only thing new here is a hard storage case I guess.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (4 months ago)

Will have to wait and see if the cost of the cases will be ADDED to the price of the lenses, or will it come out to be a "free" case when you by 3 or 5 Samyang/Rokinon lenses?

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (5 months ago)

Sony Professional Cameras S35 ? Is that the E mount ?

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sakjdakjas
By sakjdakjas (5 months ago)

S35 is a sensor / film frame size, a bit larger than APS-C variants and unrelated to lens mount.

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Jogger
By Jogger (5 months ago)

Looks like a decent starter set if the price is cheap enough... if not, then just use a more established set like the Zeiss CP series that render teh same across lenses. I wonder if these are just their photo lenses rehoused/geared in cine bodies.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (5 months ago)

These are just the photo lenses rehoused in cine bodies. As for price, though, the most expensive of these sets will probably cost about half as much as a single Zeiss CP.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (4 months ago)

Great response, Andy. I guess some people are still just not "getting it" with Samyang/Rokinon/Bower optics. Their loss, really.

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Robert Soderlund
By Robert Soderlund (5 months ago)

I wonder, it seems like it is not possible to make the lenses faster then, by compromising sharpness? 1920x1080 video should not require photolens resolution figures, if we talk 4K then of course its a different situation, but even that does not reach extreme resolutions that photo's today have.

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