Best Cinematic Lenses For Filmmaking On A Budget

4 Jun 2020

3 Min Read

We all know that the essential element of capturing cinematic footage is the cinematic lens you use and a camera alone doesn’t do the job completely. But the problem is that they’re usually expensive enough to stay away from although they’re so important. So having them at an affordable price will be very helpful for your production. So today we want to list a number of cinematic lenses that are easier to buy, in comparison to the others.

ROKINON ($399.00)

Canon EF mount Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine AS UMC Lens is one of the affordable options for you that features gearing for the focus and aperture ring which has been de-clicked for smooth iris pulls. The aperture and focus scales are placed at the side of the lens to make it easier for focus pullers to read them. Rokinon 35 mm is matched with cameras that have full-frame sensors and can also be used on APS-C-sized sensors, where the 35mm-equivalent focal length will be 56mm.

Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine AS UMC

MEIKE Lenses ($399.99)

Meike T2.2 Manual Focus Wide Angle Cinema Lenses are good for high-resolution cine cameras. They have low-dispersion glass, a high refractive index, and little to no focus breathing. The fast aperture makes it possible for you to work in a variety of lighting conditions. By using these Meike lenses you’ll get a good bokeh effect with good contrast and color accuracy. Its lenses are available for E, MFT, and X mount cameras and its focal length is 12mm, 16mm, and 25mm.

Meike T2.2 Manual Focus Wide Angle Cinema Lense 12mm
Meike T2.2 Manual Focus Wide Angle Cinema Lense 16mm

SLR MAGIC Lenses ($429.00)

If you have cameras with E, X, and MFT mount, these SLR Magic cine lenses are good options for you. Fast T1.4 to T16 aperture range with a clickless iris that allows smooth pulls, and geared focus and aperture rings. Having an industry-standard focus rotation, helps you get rid of making adjustments to how you work or add a reversing gear when working with an optional follow focus unit.
As the lens front does not rotate as you focus the lens; you can use optional accessories such as clip-on matte boxes, or the SLR Magic Anamorphot adapter. The focal length of the series includes 12, 15, 18, 25, 35, 50, and 75mm which is very variable.

ROKINON XEEN Lenses ($1,795.00)

Rokinon Xeen is another series of lenses that are considered cinematic and affordable. The features of the series include an internal focus design in a way that the lens does not change size while focusing, to minimize breathing. These lenses have dual-sided focus scales in feet, with dual-sided iris scales. The perfectly looking highlights and Bokeh effect can be captured by the 11-bladed iris but with manual focus and iris. The Rokinon Xeen lenses’ focus ring rotates 200° that enables you to work precisely and share the same position of iris gears to make lens changing easy for you. These lenses are capable of PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony E mount cameras and a range of focal length that includes 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5, and 135mm T2.2 which are more than enough for filmmaking.

SLR MAGIC Lenses CINE 18mm

FUJINON MK18-55MM ($3,299.00)

For E-mount cameras with a Super 35mm-sized sensor, this Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens in E and MFT mount is a nice lightweight cine-style zoom lens. It offers three independent lens control rings: focus, iris, and zoom. The focus ring rotates up to 200° and provides room or precise focus pulls, and the iris is clickless, enabling smooth iris pulls. The lens also incorporates a macro mode for close focusing capabilities.

SCHNEIDER XENON Lenses ($3,360.00)

The Schneider Xenon FF T2.1 Lenses with EF, PL, F, and Sony E mount options have a full-frame image sensor without vignetting and is designed for 4K image capture. It features a 14-blade iris, providing nice bokeh, with circular out of focus highlights, 300° of lens barrel rotation, and share lens gear positions and size. The focal length of the series includes 25, 35, 50, 75, and 100mm.


SIGMA T1.5 FF HIGH-SPEED PRIME Lenses ($3,499.00)

Sigma prime series of lenses offer full-frame sensor coverage with 6 to 8K resolution, a T1.5 aperture in a compact, and a lightweight form is a real cinematic one that is available in Canon EF and PL mounts. They include consistent lens gear positions and 180° of focus barrel rotation and create out-of-focus bokeh effects. for easy visibility in low light, focus marks are in meters with select markings in luminous paint. The focal length variability consists of 14, 20, 24, 28, 35, 40, 85, 105, 135, and 50mm which is huge.

ZEISS CP.3 COMPACT PRIME Lenses ($3,890.00)

The series is full-frame sensor lenses that have the classic ZEISS look in an updated form. The Compact Prime lenses have identical focus and iris gear positioning relative to the mount. It’s a 14-bladed iris that existed in the CP.2 lenses to enable you to get the beautiful bokeh effect. It also allows you to use it for several types of cameras as it has an interchangeable mount. It contains EF, MFT, F, PL, and E mount availability and 15, 18, 21, 25, 28, 35, 50, 85, 100, and 135mm focal length options.

SIGMA T1.5 FF High Speed Prime


At the end of the day, by getting a cinematic lens you will boost your work and get your video much closer to the professional standards even though you use a low budget one. So choose one of the above options based on your budget and camera and get more creative works done. Good luck.

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