Cheap Cinema Lenses
Cheap Cinema Lenses are hard to come by. You either sacrifice quality for the "cine" name or you pay out the nose. Enter Rokinon: They've got great quality and a full kit is very affordable.
Cheap Cinema Lenses are hard to find. It seems like you either sacrifice quality or take out a mortgage on your house. If you’re like me and you want to own equipment rather than rent, it becomes an obsession. High quality glass can make or break a shot and while you can get stunning results with a lot of lenses, having a true cinema lens is priceless.
When I first started out, all I wanted was a Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 Set. They were black and blue and everything I could dream of in glass. However, the price tag was the same as my first car. I think the 6 lens kit was $21,000+ on Adorama and B&H.
So, like everyone else, I stuck with stills glass because I could afford it.
When someone recommended to me that I check out Rokinon glass, I’d never really heard of them and I didn’t know what to expect.
Let me tell you that I am now a believer.
Rokinon has been around for as long as I have (1979) and have been producing high quality and cheap cinema lenses for decades.
The quality that you get from these lenses is amazing. They give you that cinematic feeling, provide good weight, and generally bring your production quality up a notch.
They may not be as rugged as the Zeiss lenses, but they sure do make up for it in optic quality.
One thing that is always great about owning your own gear is that you have it at a moments notice. You can put together all sorts of great content with little to no further investment. When inspiration hits you’ll be ready.
A full set of Rokinon Cinema lenses, with a case, runs you about $2500.
In my opinion, it’s a great investment.