Quick Look: Rokinon 135mm Lenses


In the following video, Allan Weitz walks us through the features of Rokinon’s latest full-frame lens releases, a 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC for stills shooters and the 135mm T2.2 ED UMC Cine DS for videographers, available in a variety of mounts for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. This video covers the benefits of this medium-telephoto focal length and the capabilities of the fast maximum aperture. Weitz also describes the specific benefits of the cine lens, such as the focus and aperture gears and the color matching with other lenses in the DS series. Additionally, he discusses the optical construction, coatings, nine-bladed diaphragm, and minimum focus distance of the lenses. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com




I'm shooting indoor weddings and portraits between the two Rokinon 50mm or 135mm, which lens is best to purchase first?  

Of the two lenses you list below, I would recommend the 50mm lens first as it is the wider of the two lenses.  However, this would be best if you were using a full-frame camera, as this lens would be good for candid shots, and depending on how much room you have to back up, you may be able to frame some smaller group shots.

If you are using a camera with an APS-C lens, the 50mm lens will crop more like a short telephoto lens and would be less effective in its role as an all-around lens.  For an APS-C sensor camera, I would personally prefer a lens with a focal length between 24mm to 35mm for use as a main prime lens for weddings.

For group portraits of 1-3 people posed close to one another, the 50mm lens would again work for your usage needs, but for single-person portraits and headshots/bust shots, the 135mm lens would be my favorite option.  But as you asked which would be best first, the wider 50mm lens would be my recommendation.

Manzell, thanks so much for your feedback. My camera is the fijifilm x-t20 mirrorless.