Samyang has officially unveiled the Rokinon XEEN 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm T1.5 cine prime lenses capable of covering full-frame image sensors.
The rumor mill has recently claimed that Samyang is working on a new series of cine prime lenses called XEEN. The sources speculated that the optics may bear the Rokinon brand and that they will be announced on August 10. Now the line-up is official and it seems like it will be Rokinon-branded.
The new Rokinon XEEN cine primes are offering a maximum aperture of T1.5 and focal lengths such as 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm. They are designed to cover full-frame sensors and they will be released in the near future for multiple camera mounts.
Rokinon XEEN 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm T1.5 lenses revealed by Samyang
Samyang has just introduced the Rokinon XEEN cine prime lenses and they have been created for Canon EF, Nikon EF, PL, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony E cameras.
The 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm T1.5 optics are employing a metal construction and they do not have electronics. These products are fully manual, so the aperture is manually controlled from the lens, while the focusing is manual, too.
These products have been designed for cinematographers. The aforementioned aperture is clickless, meaning that users will be able to change it smoothly.
All the models come with cinema gearing for the focus as well as an 11-bladed iris. Dual-side focus and T-stop scaling is available on the optics along with a 200-degree focus rotation and an internal focusing mechanism, so that the front lens element does not move when focusing.
A lot of users attach accessories to their cine primes, such as matte boxes, so the fact that the front lens element stays in place during focusing is another important feature.
The front diameter of the Rokinon XEEN 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm T1.5 cine primes measures 114mm, while the total weight is different. The 24mm model weighs 2.6lbs, the 50mm weighs 2.56lbs, while the 85mm weighs 2.7lbs.
Samyang is stating that the lenses will offering a high image quality and superior color consistency thanks to multi-coating technology.
Samyang confirms price and release date details
The Rokinon XEEN lenses are part of the cheapest cine line-up with these focal lengths. Each lens costs $2,495, so the trio will take a bit under $7,500 from your pockets.
This price tag is unusual for people accustomed with Samyang / Rokinon products. However, these cine primes are still a lot cheaper than the optics from Canon or Zeiss among others.
The lenses will be released by the end of August 2015 and they are available for pre-order at B&H PhotoVideo.