Rokinon Announces Xeen – An Affordable set of Cine Primes

Aug 9, 2015

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Rokinon Announces Xeen – An Affordable set of Cine Primes

Aug 9, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Rokinon, just announced a new set of Cine Primes: 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm, all T/1.5. (or Samyang if you live outside of the US, or Bower or Walimex depending on your location).

This is an interesting move on Rokinon’s part. up until now they were known for their very good dollar-to-value sub $500 lenses (in either their stills or cine versions, and now they are stepping their prices up to the $2,495.00 a piece level. Quite a jump.

That said, it looks like Rokinon are targeting users of Zeiss Compact or Canon CN-E Primes which are around $4,500 for similar focal lengths. (as their preview ad bluntly suggests).

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All lenses cover full frame and are available in all the standard mounts: PL mount, Canon EF, Sony E-mount, Nikon F, and Micro Four Thirds. B&H lists all those lenses as available on August 13 2015, so all mounts should arrive on the same schedule – 4 days from now.

Lens Specs:

  • Internal Focus Design
  • Multi-Coating for Color Consistency
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • 11 Blade Iris
  • Cinema Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • 200° Focus Rotation
  • 114mm Front Diameter

Many of which are a clear upgrade to the cine versions of their current DS line.

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This is the info that Rokinon released for the 85mm, but it is mostly similar for the 24mm and 50mm as well:

Rokinon’s Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens for Canon EF Mount is built specifically for use as a cinema lens, and is not a modified Still Lens. It features an internal focus design so that the lens does not change size while focusing, minimizing breathing. Each lens in the Rokinon Xeen cinema lens set is multi-coated for good contrast, glare prevention, and color matched to a factory standard, allowing you to assemble a set over time with minimal color shift. This 85mm focal length is often chosen for portraits and close-ups. The lens features dual sided focus scales in feet, with dual sided iris scales. The 11-bladed iris provides a rounded aperture for a natural looking highlights and Bokeh.

The lens is a manual focus and iris lens, and does not have auto focus or auto iris capability. It incorporates cinema-style focus and iris gears that share the same position across the lenses in the Xeen set. The common 114mm front diameter allows for quick lens changes when using a matte box and focus accessories. The focus ring rotates 200° from close focus to infinity; this gives you a high degree of precision and consistent focus.

  • This is an 85mm lens that has an image circle that covers a full-frame sensor. It has the effect of bringing the background closer, and is often used for portraits and close-ups.
  • The lens features metal construction to withstand the rigors of daily production, and it incorporates a support that can help take strain off your camera’s lens port.
  • Dual calibrated right and left side focus and T-stop scales allow your focus puller to work from either side of the lens, without having to flip the lens in the mount.
  • Each lens in the Xeen series share common focus and iris gear ring positions, which speeds up lens changes as accessories such as follow focus units or iris motors don’t have to be re-positioned.
  • The common 114mm front diameter allows for quick lens changes as you don’t have to swap out anti-reflection donuts or adapters to use the same matte box.
  • “Clickless” aperture ring for smooth iris pulls.
  • A minimum focusing distance of 3′ 9″ allows you to get up close to your subject.

Will you be getting one?

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