Schneider – Kreuznach Xenon FF
Schneider Optics offers a new family of prime lenses specially designed and built for digital cinematography with full-frame sensor HDSLR and other professional cameras.
Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the new Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime Lenses are the latest addition to the company’s line of high-end optics.
Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF Prime Lenses are here. The set currently includes 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm focal lengths with the 25mm due out late this summer and the 18mm expected for early 2015. Each of these T2.1 primes is available in changeable Nikon F, Canon EOS or PL mounts.
Because they are purpose built for digital cinematography with today’s HDSLR and other cameras, the new Xenon full-frame lenses are designed for 4K resolution (4096 × 2304 pixels). They elegantly cover the full 45mm image circle that’s usable on Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 cameras.
The FF-Primes share the same external dimensions and weigh just 2.6 lbs. except for the 100mm which is 3.1 lbs. The all new optical and mechanical design offers outstanding operation and performance as well as rugged reliability. The circular 14-blade aperture is specially engineered for a smooth and consistent bokeh. The precision constant volume focusing design ensures that breathing is minimized. And with a 300-degree barrel rotation, the manual focus markings offer dead-on accuracy and repeatability. Additionally all lenses are color-matched for consistency.
Engineered for compatibility with industry standard cine-style accessories like follow focus rigs and matteboxes, the Xenon FF-Primes feature identical external dimensions and positioning of focus and gear rings in each focal length. Operators will appreciate using the oversized focus and distance scales that are readable on both sides of the lens. To accommodate filters and other accessories, each lens has a 100mm front diameter and a standard 95mm thread.