Samyang/Rokinon just added two new lenses to their XEEN lineup. The XEEN 35mm T1.5 and 14mm T3.1 will now join the existing 24mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 lenses in the XEEN cinema lens line up.
The T3.1 on the 14mm is somewhat dissapointing, but also somewhat predictable, as these are based on the same design as the other entry level cinema lenses in the Rokinon Cine DS range. All of these XEEN lenses cover full-frame sensors and come in PL, EF, F, E, and MFT mounts.
While the mismatch in the aperture across all the lenses is a bummer, there are some definitely redeeming qualities about these lenses such as:
- Better build quality (aluminum vs plastic)
- Better coatings (less flare)
- Uniform front diameters @ 114mm (for matte boxes)
- Uniform focus and aperture rings distance (makes lens swaps and follow focus placement a breeze)
- Changeable lens mount
These two new lenses in the XEEN line up should be available sometime in March for the same price as the others - $2495 USD.