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.
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.
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.