Samyang completes its Xeen CF Cine prime lineup with new 16mm & 35mm lenses

Feb 14, 2020

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Samyang completes its Xeen CF Cine prime lineup with new 16mm & 35mm lenses

Feb 14, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Samyang Optics has today announced their new Xeen CF 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5 cine prime lenses. They’re available in Canon EF, Sony E and PL mounts. The two new lenses add to the 24mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 completing Samyang’s lineup of five Xeen CF models.

The Samyang Xeen CF line is designed to provide the maximum amount of image quality in the smallest and lightest possible lenses. This is helped by the integration of carbon fibre into the barrel design. As with the other three lenses in the Xeen CF lineup, the two new 16mm T2.5 and 35mm T1.5 primes are available in Canon EF, Sony E and PL mounts.

Samyang Xeen CF 16mm T2.6

Focal length16mm
FormatFull Frame
MountsCanon EF, PL, Sony E
Angle of view107° (77.9° Super 35)
Max T-StopT2.6
Min focus distance12″ (30cm)
Focus throw200°
Aperture blades11, rounded
Aperture rotation angle40°
Filter diameter95mm (front)
Dimensions100 x 82.3mm

Samyang Xeen CF 35mm T1.5

Focal length35mm
FormatFull Frame
MountsCanon EF, PL, Sony E
Angle of view63.1° (46.9° Super 35)
Max T-StopT1.5
Min focus distance13″ (33cm)
Focus throw200°
Aperture blades11, rounded
Aperture rotation angle40°
Filter diameter95mm (front)
Dimensions100 x 113.7mm

Samyang says that the two new lenses, as well as the rest of the Xeen CF lineup, are designed specifically for shooting high-resolution video up to 8K – potentially handy for those thinking about the upcoming Canon EOS R5. Their unique X-Coating technology, they say, helps to provide “uncompromising clarity and detail” while allowing the use of flaring (Hi, J.J.!) for dramatic effect.

The Xeen CF 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5 will cost £1,999.99 in the UK, inclusive of VAT. But there’s no mention of exactly when they start shipping. US prices don’t yet seem to be available, but the UK prices match that of the Xeen CF 24mm T1.5, which currently retails in the USA for $2,495. You can find out more about the lenses on the website of Samyang’s UK distributor, Intro2020.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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