Objects of Desire: Rokinon 12mm T3.1 Cine Fisheye

February 20, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

The name of Rokinon’s newest cinema lens—the 12mm T3.1 ED AS IF NCS UMC Cine DS—may be a mouthful, but it comes at a price that’s a lot easier to swallow. This prime fish-eye lens is part of a refreshed series of specialty cinema lenses that have earned the moniker “DS” for their dual-sided markings for aperture and depth of field. This way, assistants can operate on either side of the lens during a shoot. The focus and aperture rings are geared so follow-focus accessories can be easily attached to the lens and the manual aperture is de-clicked for smooth and silent adjustment. The aperture of the 12mm fisheye is T3.1–22, and is calibrated in T-stops to ensure consistency across the entire line. The lens offers a 180-degree angle of view on full-frame cameras and is available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony (A and E) mounts. It’s composed of 12 lens elements in 8 groups with 3 extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements. The lens elements feature Nano crystal coating to reduce ghosting and flaring. 

Price: $699