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KIPON COLIBRI 24/35/50/75/90mm T2.5 Full-Frame Cinema Lenses Announced

January 11th, 2023 Jump to Comment Section 3
KIPON COLIBRI 24/35/50/75/90mm T2.5 Full-Frame Cinema Lenses Announced

KIPON recently announced their first cinema lens set that consists of 5 primes: the COLIBRI. These lightweight and compact cinema lenses cover full-frame sensors, have a maximum aperture of T2.5, and are available in either Canon RF, Sony E, or Panasonic L-Mount. So let’s take a closer look at them!

Chinese manufacturer KIPON is better known for their range of lens mount adapters and affordable manual stills lenses rather than its cinema-oriented products. However, the company is shooting their by announcing the KIPON COLIBRI cinema lenses with an attractive price-feature ratio. Feel free to look at the video below to see how they look!

KIPON COLIBRI features

The KIPON COLIBRI cinema lens set has five focal lengths: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm. All five lenses have a maximum aperture of T2.5, which is relatively slow for a prime lens.

According to the company, all COLIBRI lenses cover full frame sensors, but there is no precise image circle information at the time of writing. The lenses are available in Canon RF, Sony E, and Panasonic L-mounts, (not user-interchangeable).

The lenses are designed in Germany and produced in China, with durability and ease of use in mind. They feature a robust, all-metal construction and are resistant to dust and moisture.

If the lens flares at nearly every shot of the promo video above are not for you, the video below should help you judge the lenses’ sharpness more easily.

The lenses are pretty compact and lightweight: the 24mm and 35mm are 7cm long, while the 50mm, 75mm, and 90mm are 9cm long. Furthermore, the lens gears are at the same positions between each lens, allowing them to be easily swapped out and used with various lens control systems.

All lenses also have a consistent 80mm front diameter and 77mm front filter thread. Moreover, the 10-blade aperture will produce an interesting 10-point Sunstar.

Image credit: KIPON

Each lens in the COLIBRI line uses a combination of aspherical, low dispersion, and high refraction elements to correct for chromatic aberration and other distortions, resulting in crisp, clear images with excellent resolution and color accuracy. But, to be honest, I was not impressed by the KIPON promo video, and we’ll have to wait to get our hands on it to find out if the manufacturer’s claims are valid.

Price and availability

The KIPON COLIBRI lens set is available for pre-order now for $9,880 and it should start shipping in early March. If you do the maths, this is around $1,976 per lens, which sounds like a tough sell against competitors like Meike, DZOFILM, or even 7artisans.

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

What do you think about these COLIBRI full-frame cinema lenses? Do you like the look of them? Let us know if you’d like to see us review them!

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