Following Samyang’s recent addition of the 14mm T3.1 model to its VDSLR MK2 cine-lens series, the full range is also now available in Canon RF Mount.
Launched in August 2020, the Samyang VDSLR MK2 series is a compact and versatile cine lens range, designed to be the foundation lens set for filmmakers. The MK2 line-up comprises 5 of the most-used focal lengths: 14mm (T3.1), 24mm (T1.5), 35mm (T1.5), 50mm (T1.5) and 85mm (T1.5). Fast T-stop values, renowned image quality and enhanced user-friendly features deliver full frame coverage.
VDSLR MK2 lenses are available individually, with suggested retail prices ranging from £399 to £639 (inc. VAT).
They are also now available as a 3-Lens Kit (comprising 14mm, 35mm and 85mm models) and a 5-Lens Kit (14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm). As kits, the lenses are supplied in a high quality rugged and waterproof case, custom-fitted with laser-cut high-density foam to safely store and transport them. Suggested retail prices are: £1499 for the 3-lens kit and £2599 for the 5-lens kit (all prices include 20% VAT).
VDSLR MK2 Main Features
Compact Cine Lens Covering Full-Frame Sensor Size
The compact size of Samyang’s VDSLR lenses makes them perfect for hand-held and gimbal shooting. The new VDSLR 14mm T3.1 MK2 is only 9.6cm long and weighs just 650.2g and the 50mm T1.5 MK2 is even smaller at 7.47cm long and 525.8g in weight. In contrast to their compact size, the VDSLR MK2 lenses cover full-frame sensors (36x24mm) and are ready for the high-quality video making environment.
Most Popular Focal Lengths and Available in 7 Camera Mounts
The VDSLR MK2 range now includes 5 focal lengths: 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. These are the essential focal lengths for any creative or commercial projects. All 5 lenses are available and fully compatible with 7 camera mounts: Canon EF, Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon F, Canon M, Fuji X and MFT. They are suitable for both DSLR and mirrorless systems and ready to support all types of filmmakers around the globe. Of special note is that the full set of 5 VDSLR MK2 lenses now fully support the latest Canon RF mount and are equipped with rear filter holders
Long Focus Throw and De-Clicked Aperture Ring
Even though VDSLR MK2 lenses are compact in size, they are fully-featured with de-clicked aperture rings and focus gear rings. The long focus throw of over 130° enables cinematographers to focus precisely on their subjects, creating a more professional feel to video footage than with autofocus photo lenses.
Fast Aperture for Low-Light Situations
For independent filmmakers, a versatile lens saves time and budget. The Samyang VDSLR MK2 series has fast, T1.5 apertures across the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths, the 14mm is still fast at T3.1. This supports filmmakers, allowing them to concentrate more on the scene and creativity, without having to concern themselves about image quality, even in low-light situations. Also, the shallow depth of field available effectively blurs out the background and highlights the subject, adding depth to the story.
New Feature #1: Weather Sealing
The new VDSLR MK2 series includes a weather-sealing feature to protect the most vulnerable gap between the lens and camera mount, to prevent dust, light rain and snow from penetrating. It provides the ability to capture stunning images in less than perfect conditions.
New Feature #2: 9 Aperture Blades for Exceptional Bokeh and Starburst Effect
The VDSLR MK2 series has been updated with 9 aperture blades across all 5 focal lengths, providing unified, smooth and circular bokeh. It adds a three dimensional quality and pleasing out-of-focus effects. 18-ray starburst highlights can also be created by stopping down to small apertures.
New Feature #3: Updated Design with Side Scales
The Samyang VDSLR MK2 models have a sleek new design: The black and matte finish boosts usability and professionalism on the set. They are lightweight, but sturdy and fully equipped for innumerable projects. Focus distance scales are visible on both sides of the lens bodies, as are the focal lengths. These features support focus pullers and assistant cinematographers to operate more intuitively.
Detailed information about all Samyang photo and cinema products can be found on the official UK & Ireland distributors’ website: www.intro2020.co.uk