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Samyang VDSLR 135mm T2.2 MK2 Telephoto Cine Lens Introduced

Samyang VDSLR 135mm T2.2 MK2 Telephoto Cine Lens Introduced

Samyang has just introduced a new version of its famous VDSLR 135mm T2.2 MK2 telephoto cine lens. This lens completes the company’s VDSLR MK2 cine lens lineup, which now consists of six lenses from 14mm to 135mm. So let’s take a closer look at it!

If you’re starting out or are on a budget but still want all the bells and whistles of cinema-style lenses, Samyang VDSLR MK2 should be on your radar. To give a bit of history, the first version of these lenses was released years ago, around 2014, and were basically rehoused versions of their stills cousins.

Last year, Samyang launched the updated VDSLR MK2 lineup, with four lenses to start with: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm, all with a maximum T1.5 aperture. In January 2021, they added a 14mm T3.1 fisheye lens to the set. The VDSLR MK2 cine lens set is now complete with the addition of a 6th lens: the Samyang VDSLR 135mm T2.2 MK2.

Samyang VDSLR MK2 features

Here is a quick breakdown of the Samyang VDSLR MK2 lineup features that are common to all six lenses:

  • 0.8mod focus and iris gears. The focus throw is 195° for precise adjustments.
  • The aperture ring is de-clicked so you can precisely dial in your aperture.
  • VDSLR MK2 lenses feature a weather-sealing joint on the lens mount.
  • All lenses cover Full-Frame sensors and are available in either Canon EF/RF/M, Sony E, Nikon F, FUJI X and MFT mounts.
  • The aperture diaphragm consists of nine aperture blades for smooth and circular bokeh.
  • The distance scales are readable from both sides, as are the focal lengths.

What’s nice with this new VDSLR MK2 lineup is that the focus and iris rings are finally at the same place on each lens. It means that if you use a follow focus or FIZ motors, you don’t have to change their positions every time you swap lenses.

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Samyang 135mm T2.2 MK2

The Samyang VDSLR 135mm T2.2 MK2 is a mid-telephoto lens that can be helpful for close-up shots and can even be used for beauty shots if you need to compress the background heavily.

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This lens is pretty lightweight and compact at only 12.2cm/4.8in long for a weight of 866g/1.9lbs. The lens comes with a removable lens hood, and it has a front filter diameter of 77mm.

The minimum focusing distance of the Samyang VDSLR 135mm T.2.2 MK2 is only 80cm/2.62ft which is pretty close for a mid-telephoto lens.

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Samyang doesn’t provide a lot of information about the lens design of this 135mm T2.2 MK2 cine lens, other than it features an ED glass element to reduce chromatic aberrations.

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Price and availability

The Samyang VDSLR 135mm T2.2 MK2 will start shipping in early December for around $750/€550.

For more information, please visit Samyang’s website here.

What do you think about these new Samyang VDSLR MK2 lenses? Did you already shoot with Samyang cine lenses? Do you often use a 135mm prime lens? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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