Nitecore, a Chinese company known for its rechargeable flashlights and third-party battery equipment, has taken an unexpected leap into to the world of optics with its Superior Prime lineup, a collection line of prime cinema lenses for full-frame camera systems.

The five lens lineup includes a 25mm T2.1, 35mm T2.0, 50mm T2.0, 75mm T2.0 and 100mm T2.0. The exact specifications for each lens are detailed in the below graphic, but across the board, the lenses measure 117mm long (with the PL mount) and 95mm diameter for seamless swapping when using gears and other cinema equipment. Nitecore says the lenses will be available with interchangeable PL, Canon EF and Sony E mounts, but will ship with the PL mount in the original packaging.

The exact details on the coating technology used aren’t specified, but Nitecore says the lenses ‘are designed with a unique optical coating which ideally controls dispersion while retaining plentiful details to create low contrast and a stylized flare.’ The 75mm T2.0, in particular, is also ‘specially optimized on the skin details in a portrait,’ although we’re not exactly sure what they’re referring to with that statement.

There are currently no details on pricing or availability. We have contacted Nitecore in an attempt to get more information and will update this article accordingly if we hear back.

It's worth noting these lenses appear nearly identical in specs to the NiSI cinema lenses launched in April 2018, so there's a good chance these ‘new’ lenses from Nitecore are little more than white-label lenses from the same manufacturer of NiSi's lenses.


Update (August 26, 2019): Updated to make note these appear to be identical to the lenses NiSi launched last year.