Rokinon / Samyang has announced a new line of cine lenses from its XEEN lines line. The new line is the XEEN CF Professional Cine.
According to Rokinon, the line is built on “exceptional value, features and performance” of the XEEN line. It’s been four years since the XEEN line was launched. Now, four years later we have the XEEN CF Professional Cine line.
XEEN CF line looks to offer a lighter build
The cinema lenses in this new line are said to be compact and lightweight — they’re built out of carbon fiber. These lenses are made to work with the latest 8K cinema cameras out in the market. Rokinon says they are the first full-frame cine lenses to use carbon fiber rather than metal. Rokinon says the line will be “sturdier, lighter, durable and more future-oriented” in regard to its design and appearance.
In total, the lens weighs 2.1 pounds and has a length of 3.6 inches in PL mount for the 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm models. They’re also compatible with equipment like drones and gimbals.
XEEN CF lenses support the large image sensor and 8K capability of the market’s latest cinema cameras. The line uses X-coating technology, optical design, a bright T1.5 aperture, and an 11 blade diaphragm to create a very distinctive image. Rokinon also claims the lenses offer “excellent” performance in low light and create ”beautiful” bokeh.
Other notable features of the XEEN CF line
The lenses feature a common front diameter of 95mm. That should make them easier to use with matte boxes. Plus, the lenses’ markings glow-in-the-dark, so you can know exactly what your settings are even on a dark set.
This lens line also includes unified focus and aperture gear positions to allow for “easier” follow focus use, “tight” color matching and dual calibrated right and life side distance and T-stop scales, according to Rokinon.
The Rokinon XEEN CF 24mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, and 85mm T1.5 will be available in PL, Sony E, and Canon EF mounts in November. They’ll be followed by the 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5 models in 2020.