Xeen 16mm T2.6 – Samyang Further Expands Cine Lens Lineup

Samyang has been quite busy lately. Among other mostly photo-related lens announcements, they have just unveiled the newest addition to their cinema lens line-up: the Xeen 16mm T2.6.

The Xeen 16mm T2.6 Cine Lens

Samyang keeps adding lenses to their current Xeen cinema lens line-up, with their newest addition just unveiled at this year’s Photokina. Sitting in between the 14mm T3.1 and the 24mm T1.5, the new Xeen 16mm T2.6 could become your new favourite wide angle lens. Due to its faster aperture, it might also prove to be much more versatile than the 14mm T3.1 option.

Xeen 16mm

Samyang’s Jeon Min, Shin claims that the decision behind introducing a model with these specs is that the former wide angle option, the Xeen 14mm T3.1, may be just a little bit too wide (and more importantly, too slow) for most cinematographic needs.

This newest addition brings the whole Xeen range of lenses up to a grand total of 7 primes to choose from:

  • 14mm T3.1
  • 16mm T2.6
  • 24mm T1.5
  • 35mm T1.5
  • 50mm T1.5
  • 85mm T1.5
  • 135mm T2.2.

Maybe we’ll even see some more focal lengths to choose from in the future? At this rate of development, this might just be the case.

Xeen 16mm

the Xeen 14mm T3.1 , maybe the new 16mm T2.6 is the better option?

The Xeen range of cine lenses are improved versions of Samyang’s previous line of VDSLR lenses for cine use,  but are enhanced in a variety of ways, such as with newly formulated coatings, a stronger housing and shared aperture and focus gear position. It’s worth mentioning that in the case of this particular lens, it also improves upon its cheaper VDSLR-line version by covering a full-frame imager, rather than being Super35mm-only like its earlier counterpart.

Pricing and availability

The new Xeen 16mm lens will be available at the end of this year, and will be the same price as other Xeen cine primes at around $2,495.  Just as all the others, the Xeen 16mm prime will be available in various mount options, such as Canon EF, PL, MFT, Sony E and Nikon F.

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thrower thrower September 21, 2016

8K is 33-36mp, get d810, a7RII or 5dsr. You don’t need to shoot video for resolution, vignetting, flare, distortion, coma and other aberrations test, mr SHIN!
that’s stupidest cope-out.

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Beebee Lestr September 21, 2016

Samyang has now got a full range of prime lenses on offer. Having the full set will now make it more appealing for many DPs.

I have found the picture quality of the Samyang lenses to be excellent. Bokeh particularly nice at 50mm and above.

Palmer Woodrow September 21, 2016

I’ve found their picture quality to be utter shit, plagued by pathetic ghosting and softness across the entire image. Looking at footage later, I was trying to figure out why NOTHING was in focus in a few shots, at any distance from the camera. Turns out those were the shots from the Rokinon 35mm.

Look at the samples people have posted in the B&H review of the 35mm.

Don’t ruin your production with this junk. You’re better off using adapted still Canon (or other) lenses, despite the bigger hassle.

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Beebee Lestr September 21, 2016

If your problem was that ‘nothing was in focus’ on the 35mm camera it sounds like operator error.

A manual lens can be difficult to focus using a 35mm DSLR camera, which these days don’t come with any optical focusing aids.

Palmer Woodrow September 22, 2016

It doesn’t sound like that, since I said AT ANY DISTANCE FROM THE CAMERA.

And I wasn’t shooting with an SLR; I was shooting on a BMPC 4K with my eye right up to an HD EVF while it was stationary, shooting stationary objects.

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Beebee Lestr September 22, 2016

I’ve never encountered a lens that was always out of focus across all of the image.

I think your problem will end up being the challenge of manual focusing. Try zooming on your viewfinder monitor while focusing.

I recently used Samyang’s 14mm, 50mm and 85mm and was very happy.

Palmer Woodrow September 22, 2016

I don’t know why this is so hard to understand. It WASN’T truly out of focus; it’s just A SHITTY LENS.

Did you look at the samples? Here’s the Rokinon 35mm, EF mount, spoon-fed: https://res.cloudinary.com/powerreviews/image/upload/f_auto,w_1024,h_576/prod/jgzvkzspoj4ysa4wm8cl.jpg

And here: Different user, another copy of the same lens, same shitty ghosting:

Palmer Woodrow September 23, 2016

I don’t know why this is so hard to understand. It WASN’T truly out of focus; it’s just A SHITTY LENS.

Did you look at the samples?

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Beebee Lestr September 23, 2016

People should wait to see some professional tests on this 16mm prime lens.

It won’t be too long before some tests are done. I particularly like the look of the 85mm. Very sharp plus beautiful bokeh.