Rokinon, aka Korean lens manufacturers Samyang, have announced two additional lenses to their XEEN line of affordable cine-style lenses. The XEEN by Rokinon 14mm T3.1 and XEEN by Rokinon 35mm T1.5 join three other focal lengths, a 24mm, 50mm and 85mm, with full frame coverage and lens mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and PL. The lens mounts are interchangeable, as well, for usage across camera lines. Assumably, at less than three grand each, the cost on these models are kept so low because they are manual focus only.
Each lens in the XEEN line is configured with matching all-metal bodies and universal operation for fast lens swaps even when using follow focus units and filters. Construction across the line includes standardized positions for focus and aperture, 40º iris rotation, de-clicked aperture rings, a matching 114mm non-rotational front diameter, 200º focus throw and identical body sizes (excepting the new 14mm T3.1, which is also the only lens in the XEEN line not to offer a T1.5 aperture). The optics can resolve to 4K and the bodies have been color-matched to boot.
List Price: $2495 each
Contact: Rokinon, xeenusa.com
From the press release:
XEEN by Rokinon Professional Cine Lens System Adds 14mm and 35mm Focal Lengths With 5 lenses and 2 more to come, XEEN meets the best in class head on (New York, New York) February 5, 2016 – Elite Brands Inc., the distributor of the highly regarded Rokinon brand of prime lenses (http://rokinon.com/) has announced the release of 2 new professional cine lenses, the XEEN by Rokinon 14mm T3.1 and XEEN by Rokinon 35mm T1.5. These two lenses, along with the existing 24mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 lenses, create a perfectly balanced ve-lens-set for lming video and cinema with outstanding image quality.
Launched only 6 months ago, XEEN by Rokinon lenses (http://www.xeenusa.com/) have already made believers out of cinematographers and DP’s who previously were used to spending thousands more to obtain professional grade cine lens characteristics. Reasons possibly include that the XEENs not only cover full frame sensor cameras, but also Super 35, APS-C and APS-H cameras, are available in five different mounts – PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, and MFT and the mounts are interchangeable.
All XEENs utilize X-Coating Technology to ensure high quality footage with clear contrast, impressive colors, and a cinematic look even under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. Large T1.5 apertures (except for the 14mm) and 11 bladed diaphragms combine to create great depth of field effects and pleasing bokeh. They are surprisingly lighter in weight than they look despite being engineered for reliability and strength with robust aluminum alloy housings.
XEEN by Rokinon lens mechanics and optics are manufactured and precision assembled in Korea utilizing cutting edge techniques. First shipments of the 14mm and 35mm begin in March and will maintain the same exceptionally a ordable street price of $2495 and the Three Year Limited Warranty, the longest in the industry.
Features common to XEEN lenses include:
• 4K+ Ready Optics
• Full Frame Coverage
• Tightly Color Matched
• Durable All Metal Body
• Uni ed 40° Iris Rotation
• Uni ed 200° Focus Throw
• Large Easy To Read Markings
• Three Year Limited Warranty
• Lens Support Mount (Except PL)
• 11 Bladed Diaphragm for Superb Bokeh
• Xeen Proprietary X-Coating Technology
• Uni ed 114mm Non-Rotating Front Diameters
• Dual Calibrated Right and Left Side Distance and T-Stop Scales
• Uni ed Focus and Aperture Gear Positions for Easy Follow Focus Use
• Mounts can be shimmed and are interchangeable by a quali ed technician
• Incredibly smooth and fully damped movement of focusing and aperture controls