I think some folks are missing the point. No, it doesn't make sense to use this as a primary recording device. But it makes a ton of sense (especially for $169) to use this as a back-up mic. You could be screwed if you were to get any interference or drop outs, especially in situations where the talent is a longer distance from the transmitter. So you put two mics on the talent. Big deal. Good sound is essential and this (or the Little darling) makes perfect sense.
Nice way to insult an otherwise great article and dp.
I'm currently shooting a feature with a set of Xeens. I cannot recommend them enough, they're incredible lenses for the money. The flares are very nice, there's hardly any breathing in the focusing, and they're extremely well-built and crafted.
Are you talking about the brand new Rokinon XEEN lenses or the older declicked geared DSLR type cinema lenses? The XEEN series is outstanding for the price. I'm guessing this is what the author had in mind without mentioning the XEEN name.