Most people know NiSi as a manufacturer of high quality optical filters for cameras and cine lenses. In 2017 they introduced a whole line of professional cine lenses and now we can have an exclusive first look at their first camera lens, a 75mm f/0.95.
75mm f/0.95 FE prototype
Disclaimer: this lens is an early stage prototype. Housing, coatings and polishing of the elements are not comparable to the final production model. Nevertheless we are allowed to show a few pictures to give you an opinion on the bokeh rendering of this lens. Since I am a NiSi ambassador we got an exclusive sneak peak at this lens.
The lens is quite big and heavy as is to be expected from one with these parameters. It is a short flange/mirrorless design and will be available for several mounts (including Sony FE, Canon R and Nikon Z). The prototype we saw is native E-mount and the lens covers the full frame sensor area.
All of the following samples have been taken at f/0.95 on a Sony A7rII.
This shot contains a mix of foreground an background bokeh:
NiSi entered the market for Cine lenses with a line up of the following 5 lenses:
- 25mm T2.1
- 35mm T2.0
- 50mm T2.0
- 75mm T2.0
- 100mm T2.0
I am not an expert on cine lenses so all I could do is mount them on my Sony A7rII and take some shots. I chose the 35mm and the 100mm:
The lenses come with different mounts (PL, EF, E) and all cover the full frame area. The whole set of 5 lenses will be around 12.000 US$ which seems like a very competitive price.
You can also find these two samples in full resolution here.
Of course we weren’t able to fully evaluate the cine lenses by spending a bit of time with them at Photokina, but handling and build quality both left a good impression, the focus and aperture rings had a really nice resistance.
The emphasize of the optical design is meant to be on bokeh rendering and indeed I would describe it as very smooth. Contrast and sharpness were more than sufficient as well.
We cannot and should not rate the 75mm f/0.95 yet as it was an early prototype, but the bokeh looked really smooth and as a fan of the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 I look forward to this lens.
If the final production model is close to the cine lenses in terms of contrast, resolution and flare resistance this will be an interesting lens for people into shallow depth of field photography.
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