The 24mm, 50mm, 85mm. More focal lengths are planned for in 2016.
We’ve had the brand new Samyang XEEN cine primes for a while now and we have been shooting a bit with them. Although they are certainly not the best cinema glass out there, the quality they deliver is amazing for the price. Read on to find out why we think so!
Coming from a DSLR background, we have shot mostly with still lenses, and the few opportunities we have had to shoot with cinema glass (the Zeiss CP.2s), has exposed us to the usefulness of using cine lenses for video, which resulted in our recent decision to purchase the Samyang VDSLR IIs, the Korean manufacturer’s top-of-the-line range before the XEENs appeared on the market. While we are happy with them, we have seen their limitations and understand that some shooters require something a little more...
The XEENs are professional grade cinema lenses have a full frame image circle and are suitable for 4K production. They are also versatile - coming in several popular mounts, and for the first time ever, the Arri PL mount. Their presence on the market fills the void for filmmakers looking for a set of quality EF/PL glass that doesn’t cost more than SGD4K per piece.
Thanks to ClubSNAP and Alan Photo, we had the opportunity to test and review the XEEN EF 24mm, 50mm and 85mm (all T1.5) over the last few weeks. For a quick look at how they fare, here’s a video we shot with the 85mm:
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