Samyang XEEN 14mm T3.1 and Xeen 35mm T1.4 Cine Lenses at BVE 2016

Samyang released two new XEEN cinema lenses at BVE 2016; the 14mm T3.1 and 35mm T1.5, adding to the existing 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm models. These new designs bring improved optics, a full metal build, and a PL mount—expanding the possibilities of using the lenses on cinema cameras, too.

Richard looked at the 24mm, 50mm and 85mm XEEN lenses in this previous post.

Some of you may remember that the original Samyang VDSLR lenses hit the market at a very affordable price range. I’ve been an avid user of the 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm variants since I got the set back in 2013 and this new range shows how Samyang—a relative newcomer to the video industry—is committed to offering filmmakers top-quality glass that is now ready for 4K.

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I was impressed with a few things when I had a brief look at the 35mm variant. Firstly, it has a lot less bleaching when the lens is wide open while boasting sharper visuals, too. The weight of the lens surprised me also, as even with a metal body it seemed to weigh less than the Tamron 24-70 that I was shooting with at the time. Lighter kit is always a bonus for transportation—especially since it lets you fit more into your kit bag.

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Finally, the price point of the lenses sits at around $2,495.00 each—with a 5 piece set with a hard case available for just $9,999.00. It definitely brings the lenses in reach of those looking to invest in better optics (which we know can greatly improve picture quality), without having to splash out on Zeiss CP2’s or the Schneider Xenon’s, for example.

A downside to the set of lenses was that they are of different physical lengths, which can be an inconvenience if you are changing lenses with a follow focus and matte box attached to the rig… though I guess you have to compensate somewhere for such an affordable, high-quality outfit.

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Atlas Camera Support Reply
Atlas Camera Support March 3, 2016

nice!

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Peter Vojzola March 3, 2016

I’d rather spend the same amount on Duclos Zeiss Milvus ZF.2 Cine Mod lenses. If you’re going to invest that much money on glass you may as well go with better optics and have Zeiss.

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Crimson Son March 4, 2016

I agree. You can get better glass, at least by reputation, for that price.

I would need some lab results in terms of resolution, aberration, consistency. Without it, I’m not spending that much money on Samyang glass.

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Peter Vojzola March 4, 2016

This video is a good comparison
http://youtu.be/tYFT5fUyprI

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Crimson Son March 4, 2016

Wow. I was about to comment without seeing the video that YouTube is a horrible way to compare good lenses but wow. The difference is visible with even high compressed YouTube video.

Yeah, Xeen would need to be better in some other way (chroma aberration, build, T vs F/ stop, etc.) because in pure resolution, it is no where close to Milvus. And about $500-$1000 cheaper too?

Adam Plowden Reply
Adam Plowden March 4, 2016

Thanks for the comment, and I’m sure in due course we will have some lab tests up comparing the VDSLR and XEEN’s to other competitors, watch this space!

Adam Plowden Reply
Adam Plowden March 4, 2016

Thanks for the comment, and I didn’t know about the Duclos Zeiss Milvus you mention so I’ll be sure to check them out!

Arnold Finkelstein Reply
Arnold Finkelstein March 7, 2016

Adam Plowden Video, you mention “price point” but not demand curves. Moreover, manufacturers never release price points and demand curves. I wonder if you just meant price?

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Dave Gosley March 8, 2016

Interesting that you can get a five set in a case for the five and a 6th new lens coming at the end of the year means the old five case is no longer good enough?