Xeen have just launched 24mm, 50mm, 85mm PL mount Cine lenses.
My initial observations of the Xeen lenses was the build quality. The casing is metal yet very light weight.
The widest stop is T1.5 which is an impressive fast stop, very helpful in low light situations and of course to achieve everyones favorite a shallow depth of field.
The 24mm has close focus of 10 which is 2 closer than the (considerably) more expensive Zeiss Ultra Prime 24mmm, again impressive engineering.
When pulling focus the physical lens barrel is smooth and easy to precisely find a start and stop position.
The Xeen lenses didn’t noticeable barrel/ change frame size when pulling focus – this is remarkable! A sure sign of a ‘cheaper’ lens is barreling.
The bocca is very clean, no odd weird shapes when defocused.
The fall off is beautiful, they are sharp, but feel very natural.
Al the front elements are an identical size 114mm, which is incredibly helpful and time efficient when using a clip on matte box.
So overall I am incredibly impressed with these Xeen PL mount primes.
Early this year I very almost spent $90k on a second hand set of Ultra Primes, now after testing these and finding out they will only be approx. $2k $2.5k per lens I am glad I didn’t…
The lenses were kindly supplied by the UAE retailer Bidarian General Trading www.bhmstore.com
The footage is shot on a price comparable camera CION AJA in 4k 25 & 50fps and was cut and graded at Optix Digital Dubai www.Optix.ae
I’m very much looking forward to seeing these lenses in the market and how other DP’s react to them.
Outside of the UAE you can pre order them from B&H by clicking on one of the banners.
Have a look at the film I shot at Smart Fitness with fitness model Marissa. Let me know what you think in the comments