CES 2015: Rokinon Announces Two 135mm Still and Cine Lenses


Introducing the longest lens yet in Rokinon's array of full-frame manual focus prime lenses, this CES season sees the announcement of the 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC lens. With the exception of a few T-mount and mirror lenses, this 135mm telephoto is the first lens to exceed the 100mm mark in the company’s lineup and brings with it a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, inner focusing mechanism, and a sophisticated optical design.

An optimal portrait-length lens, the 135mm focal length offers a fast maximum aperture to yield extensive control over depth of field, which further benefits from a minimum focusing distance of 2.6' and a nine-blade circular diaphragm to produce smooth bokeh. One extra-low dispersion element is incorporated within the 11-elements-in-7-groups construction to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions, and render color-accurate imagery with enhanced sharpness and clarity. Furthermore, an Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC) has been applied to minimize flare and ghosting.

As with most of Rokinon's lenses, the 135mm f/2.0 is available in a variety of lens mounts for both DSLRs and mirrorless camera systems. For DSLRs, Canon EF, Nikon F (with an AE chip to support auto exposure modes), Pentax K, and Sony A are available—and for mirrorless, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, and Sony E mounts are available.

In addition to the f/2.0 photo-specific lens, Rokinon has also released the 135mm T2.2 ED UMC Cine DS, which is the cine version of the same lens. Compared to the photo version, this cine-optimized lens features standardized built-in focus and aperture gears, as well as a de-clicked aperture ring for smooth, silent transitions between different T-stop positions. These lenses are also carefully color-matched, at the factory, to the Rokinon lens system.

As with the photo lens, the cine lens is also available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony A mounts for DSLRs, and Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts for mirrorless cameras.

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