NiSi 75mm f/0.95 FE prototype and Cine lenses: Photokina Recap Part 2

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.

nisi f/0.95 75mm 0.95 t1.1 t/1.1 portrait bokeh
NiSi 75mm f/0.95 prototype on Sony A7rII
nisi f/0.95 75mm 0.95 t1.1 t/1.1 portrait bokeh
NiSi 75mm f/0.95 prototype on Sony A7rII
nisi f/0.95 75mm 0.95 t1.1 t/1.1 portrait bokeh
NiSi 75mm f/0.95 prototype on Sony A7rII

This shot contains a mix of foreground an background bokeh:

nisi f/0.95 75mm 0.95 t1.1 t/1.1 portrait bokeh
NiSi 75mm f/0.95 prototype on Sony A7rII

Cine lenses

NiSi F3 Cine lenses pl ef cinema
NiSi F3 Cine lenses

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:

NiSi F3 Cine lenses pl ef cinema
NiSi 35mm T2.0 F3 cine lens on Sony A7rII
NiSi F3 Cine lenses pl ef cinema
NiSi 100mm T2.0 F3 cine lens on Sony A7rII

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.

Conclusion

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.

Further Reading

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My name is Bastian and for many years I have been mostly shooting Nikon DSLRs. As of today I have made my transition from Nikon to Sony and I am mainly using small but capable manual lenses. My passion is landscape photography but I also like to delve into other subjects from time to time.

9 thoughts on “NiSi 75mm f/0.95 FE prototype and Cine lenses: Photokina Recap Part 2”

  1. Since I also use Mitakon 50mm, I also like this rendering. Did you apply any extra sharpening in your photos?

    That thing looks like 1000g. But I like the idea of being silver. Hopefully the price won’t be over the top, like “Meyer optics”

      1. I think sharpness looks better like on the Mitakon wide-open. I like the smoothness the pictures around the sharp center generates. It’s gonna be very special lens. Your pictures look very dreamy. I like them a lot.

  2. It’s a shame the size and weight of the lens may well be a deterrent to regular use (at least for most of us), because as you demonstrated, the effects that a good photographer can squeeze out of it are terrific.

    Your portraits featuring “front and back” bokeh were great. Thank you for these and the review.

  3. Congratulations on the feat of being pretty much the only source with sample pictures on the net. I am excited. According to slashCAM the 75mm f/0.95 will be part of a series of cine lenses with t-stops of T1.1 (35mm, 55, 75mm and 100mm). Looking at the non-T1.1 lenses they offer the final prices for the new ones might very well be astronomical. Fingers crossed they stay below 3k each and perform awesomely.

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