Gear — Rokinon XEEN 135mm Lens

The XEEN family of Cinema Lenses from Rokinon via Samyang with 85mm, 50mm, 35mm, 14mm, 24mm and new XEEN 135mm

Capable of full frame coverage that will resolve to 4K resolutions, a new XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens joins a family of high end cinema primes with similar features as much more expensive lenses at a significant savings in cost. Offered by Korean optics company Samyang as a targeted line of cinema lenses for filmmaking and video, the XEEN 135mm is the newest model in a small but building family alongside 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 models. The XEEN 135mm will be available in several mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, PL mount, Micro Four Thirds MFT and Sony E-mount.

The new XEEN 135mm T2.2 starts off Samyang's "Summer Blockbusters" schedule of weekly lens announcements
The new XEEN 135mm T2.2 starts off Samyang’s “Summer Blockbusters” schedule of weekly lens announcements

At an average of $2,500 each, Samyang is able to make the XEEN lenses so comparatively inexpensive because the lenses are manual focus without any internal servos or motors. Cinematographers rarely use autofocus, however, and in fact cinema lenses differ from typical still lenses largely for that reason. Cine lenses are housed in huge, oversized barrels for ease of rotation and more leeway for changing focus as a subject moves through a scene. The apertures are “declicked”, as well, which allows for a much smoother and silent transition when changing depth of field during a recording. Many of them include large focus scale and other lens marking to easily see them from behind or to the side of a camera. The XEEN models include these T-stop and focus scales on both sides of the lens in imperial and metric.

The XEEN 135mm T2.2 from parent company Samyang, who also produces the Rokinon 135mm T2.2 lens
The XEEN 135mm T2.2 from parent company Samyang, who also produces the Rokinon 135mm T2.2 lens

Rather than an f-stop, cine lenses also generally offer a T-stop rating. The T-stop is a much more accurate measurement of the complete amount of illumination passing through the aperture to the sensor rather than the dimensions of the aperture, which is how f-stops in the world of still photography are calculated. With 114mm front size, the front element on each XEEN lens has “X-Coating Technology”, a multi-layer coating for flare reduction as well as heightened color transmission over other Samyang and Rokinon models. (Samyang produces Rokinon lenses, too.)

The XEEN 135mm is the first lens to be released by Samyang in their “Samyang Blockbuster” summer of teased lens announcements. The company says that it will be releasing five new lenses concurrently over the course of the next five weeks, so expect four more lenses to be heading your way. For those looking for even better pricing, there is also a similar Rokinon 135mm T2.2 cine lens with similar specs at only $599 street. It has only a 7-blade aperture, however, while the XEEN 135mm has an 11-blade aperture. An 11-blade aperture is going to have a much more pleasing bokeh, the out-of-focus area, as spectral highlights will appear more round over the rather hexagonal look you will see in backgrounds when a lens has minimal aperture blades.

XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens, the first telephoto in the XEEN line of cine lens primes
XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens, the first telephoto in the XEEN line of cine lens primes

Find out more about Samyang and the XEEN line at their website. Follow them at Facebook and Instagram. Find out more about the Rokinon XEEN line at the Rokinon website. Follow Rokinon and XEEN at Facebook and Twitter.

XEEN 135mm T2.2 with focus and T-stop scales in both imperial and metric
XEEN 135mm T2.2 with focus and T-stop scales in both imperial and metric

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XEEN 135mm PRESS RELEASE

July 18th, 2016, Seoul, Korea

The global optics brand, Samyang Optics (http://www.samyanglens global.com) announced the release of XEEN 135mm T2.2. Along with the existing five lenses of 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5, XEEN 135mm T2.2 offers outstanding image quality from resolving power for 4K+ production for filming video and cinema.

XEEN is a specialized brand in professional video-cine lens launched by Samyang Optics in 2015. The XEEN lenses are designed with Samyang Optics’ know-how and have outstanding optical performance for 4K+ with the X-Coating Technology, ensuring maximum image quality to create a cinematic look.

The 24mm x 36mm negative size allows XEEN to not only work with full frame cameras, but also with Super 35, APS-C and APS-H cameras. The lenses are available in five different mounts – PL, EF, F, E, and MFT and two different focus scales – metric and imperial units. Also, the aluminium metal housing is known for its reliability in various shooting conditions.

The new XEEN 135mm adds telephoto angle to the existing XEEN set, enabling to capture the sincere emotions and details of characters in films and videos. Also the bright T2.2 offers high quality footage with clear contrast and impressive colors, even under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. The large aperture also creates a pleasing bokeh effect for a cinematic look.

Moreover, Samyang has announced to release a total of five lenses throughout five weeks as a 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbuster campaign starting from XEEN 135mm. The other four lenses will be announced on every Monday from July 25th to August 15th.

Created to deliver infinite possibilities, XEEN 135mm T2.2 will be globally available in August. The recommended retail price of each lens is EUR 2,200. More detailed product information is available on the official website (http://www.xeenglobal.com) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/xeenglobal) or Samyang Lens Global Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/samyanglensglobal).

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