Meet SKYBEAM’s 2nd Gen Cinema Primes – Super35, Tiny and Lightweight

April 11th, 2018

Fresh French manufacturer SKYBEAM has revealed their 2nd generation of tiny, lightweight, yet super35 covering set of fast cinema prime lenses. Let’s see what these little guys have to offer!

Skybeam

2nd genaeration (left & 1st generation (right) of the Skybeam primes.

These very tiny lenses are actually full featured cinema prime lenses, covering super35 sensors. The second generation lenses now sport standard 0.8 focus gears.

SKYBEAM Digital Cinema Prime Lenses

Yan, CEO of SKYBEAM Digital Cinema, is a cinematographer himself. Having shot with multiple setups and a variety of lenses, he came up with the idea of designing lenses on his own. They should be lightweight, very small and portable but without compromising the image quality. As a result, we had the chance of visiting his booth here at NAB 2018 where the latest generation of SKYBEAM lenses were on display. In his own words:

As a cinematographer, I used to shoot with multiple cinema- and mirrorless cameras. After having spend large budgets towards expensive and cumbersome cinema lenses, I had the idea to build a product that would solve this problem. After thorough market research, I decided to create a line of cine pancake lenses aiming to become the perfect solution for run & gun shooters, gimbal users, steady cam users and an overall audience looking for compact setups.

Version 2 of these lenses now feature standard 0.8 focus gears which make it easy to use these lenses in conjunction with follow focus units. Since the primes are really tiny it might be a little hard to get a grip on the focus ring itself without getting your hand in the frame so the addition of focus gears is very welcomed here.

SKYBEAM

full specs of the SKYBEAM lenses.

There are 3 focal lengths and 3 mounts to choose from right now: 25mm T2, 35mm T1.8 and 50mm T2 with either an E-mount, a MFT mount or a Fuji XF mount. Later this year SKYBEAM will probably introduce even EF and PL versions. Furthermore, there’s a good chance to see full frame versions in the future, too.

Pricing and Availability

Each lens is $ 719 (€ 579) for any focal and any mount. These lenses, especially the 2nd gen ones should be available very soon. You can already check out their (french) amazon store over here.

SkybeamSince these lenses are really tiny (Ø55. 2 x 44.35 x 60mm) and lightweight (225g / 7.93oz for the 25mm & 35mm and 235g / 8.28oz for the 50mm), they seem to be perfect for drone or gimbal shots.

links: skybeamdigital.com

What do think of these? Are such small prime lenses are appealing to you (especially at this pricepoint)? Let us know in the comments below!

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 Illya Friedman
Illya Friedman
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April 18th, 2018

Buyers beware. I highly doubt they are original and they are not “cinema.” These are inexpensive OEM lenses from China that can be purchased from sellers on ebay for 50% of the price. I have these with no-names and no gears. They have a lot of chromatic aberrations.

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April 18th, 2018
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Illya Friedman

Can you backup your severe allegations with evidence?
To our knowledge and after meeting the people behind this venture, this is absolutely not the case.

Thank you.

Johnnie

 Illya Friedman
Illya Friedman
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April 21st, 2018
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

Here’s the link to a photo I just took of what appear to be the same 50mm and 35mm on my desk.

https://ibb.co/gUJPZ7

These come from a high end optics shop in China, but these are their lower end commodity products, and have existed for anyone to purchase OEM for years.

All the specs listed seem to match, including size, weight, filter size, FOV..etc…. I’ve owned them for at least 18 months, maybe longer.

Anyone who wants to own these I’ll sell both for $500. Half price of Skybeam.

I didn’t realize you are an expert in optics Johnnie? It’s a pretty incestuous industry. There’s also a pretty poorly kept secret that an expensive brand is trying hard to bury the fact they are passing off a low end product in a new housing as “all original” lens, so it’s not surprising to me that another company would copycat the same “business” at a lower end of the market.

People should know what they are buying, and there’s not a lot of “lens police” out there.

Illya Friedman
President
Hot Rod Cameras
http://www.hotrodcameras.com

 Illya Friedman
Illya Friedman
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May 3rd, 2018
Reply to  Illya Friedman

Why was my post with the requested proof removed?

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May 22nd, 2018
Reply to  Illya Friedman

Thanks for sharing the information. I’ll ask our contact people at SKYBEAM optics to respond. When they do, I’ll share their comment here.

BTW, I’m not claiming to be an expert in anything (Including lenses), but strive to get the truth out there.

Thank you.

Johnnie

 Illya Friedman
Illya Friedman
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May 21st, 2018
Reply to  Illya Friedman

Why are my posts with the requested proof removed? This is not rocket science. Anyone can find the OEM lenses on line.

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May 21st, 2018
Reply to  Illya Friedman

Illya Friedman, no one is removing your posts.

Maybe it is time for you to move on.

Thanks.

Johnnie

 Illya Friedman
Illya Friedman
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May 22nd, 2018
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

Oh? I have a post that has been “awaiting moderation” since April 21. I can send you a screenshot if you like.

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May 22nd, 2018
Reply to  Illya Friedman

Looking at it now. Indeed there is a pending comment from you which our system did not alert us about. It should be live in a few minutes.

Thanks

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
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April 16th, 2018

Fuji mount, but no EF mount? Seriously?

And how are those first-gen ones cinema lenses, when they lack gear rings for focusing and aperture? Those are simply manual still lenses with a T-rating.

Even the newer one lacks a geared aperture ring.

Yes, we need more decent-quality lenses in the cinema market, but the cluelessness on display here doesn’t inspire confidence.

 Kerrin Sheldon
Kerrin Sheldon
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April 16th, 2018

I’m sure the lack of EF mount has to do with the mirrorless flange distance (something the Fuji mount has no trouble with). Same reason Zeiss can make the Loxias so small for Sony E mount but not in EF or PL.

Member
April 12th, 2018

Very interesting glass. I love keeping things small especially for mirrorless. But if they’re going for the M43 market they must engineer at least at 16mm wide lens. Also, they should add .8 pitch gearing to the iris if they want to impact the gimbal market too. Also, i’d Like to know if it has the strength to take a lightweight clip on MB.

Either way, it’s good start.

 Larry Tee
Larry Tee
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April 12th, 2018

Ths is interesting.

This feels a bit like the marketing world’s take on the Inception plot line… Advertisements sponsored by advertisements for a product that is, itself, a hidden advertisement.

http://www.zyoptics.net/uncategorized/sample-photos-of-zhongyi-mitakon-24mm-f1-7/

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April 18th, 2018
Reply to  Larry Tee

Larry Tee ,
Thank you for sharing the link. No idea when this was taken (I guess during Photokina) but I can clearly see it is from 2014….

I am not connected to Mitakon in any way and have nothing to do with them.

Thank you.

Johnnie

 Leonardo Fallucca
Leonardo Fallucca
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April 12th, 2018

Any plan down the road to add a 85mm?

Alan Besedin
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April 11th, 2018

Always nice to see new glass from new/small companies.

 Dan Brockett
Member
April 11th, 2018

I reserve judgement until I see a lot of footage and tests. Seems like a cool idea and at least they are primes, which from an optical design standpoint are much easier to design than zooms. Are they sharp? What is the color/contrast rendition like? These are really the main things that matter with lenses, regardless of cost, size, weight or ergonomics.

 Kerrin Sheldon
Kerrin Sheldon
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April 11th, 2018

These are pretty great. Would love to see them in EF for C200/EVA1 use. Remind me of the Loxias for their size, same filter thread, and low weight. Wish more companies would make that type of lens more option (rather than 1.2kg primes).

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