April 21, 2016
NAB 2016

Meet the Fastest Full Frame Prime Lens on the Market, the Schneider Xenon FF 18mm T2.4

Full frame sensors have been growing in popularity, and Schneider has the only full set of lenses that can handle them.

Andy Zou talks to Roy Ayers at Schneider about the newest addition to their full frame Xenon series, a $6300 18mm lens that is, according to Ayers, the fastest full frame prime lens on the market right now at T2.4. Some of the cool features of the Xenon series are that the optics were built from scratch (no re-housed photo lenses), produce a warmer image than other lenses like it, and are all about the same size and weight, which not only makes mounting matte boxes easy, but makes cameras with these lenses easier to handle. The set includes 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm, which Ayers reports will be coming out next year to complete the set.


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Fastest full frame *wide angle* lens, maybe? Trying to get how T2.4 is faster than all of the T1.5's out there.

April 21, 2016 at 1:13PM, Edited April 21, 1:13PM

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Steven Bailey
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"fastest full frame prime lens" - what? Almost every Nikon/canon full-frame prime lens is faster than T 2.4 (which is an f/2, probably). There is something missing from that statement - maybe fastest very wide prime/under 20mm ? Or fastest full-frame CINEMA lens (which is a very small sub-set of lenses, since most cinema lenses are Super35...)

April 21, 2016 at 1:14PM

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"Meet the Fastest Full Frame Prime Lens on the Market"

No, it's not.

April 21, 2016 at 1:19PM

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JeffreyWalther
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Yep. All CP2s ("prime cinema lenses") will cover full frame, some at T2.1, Super-speed CP2s at T1.5 (35, 50, 85).

April 21, 2016 at 1:32PM

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Gleb Volkov
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Glad it's not just me. The title got my click because I just couldn't imagine that was true. I guess it's time to watch the video?

EDIT: Watched the video: "To our knowledge, this is the fastest full frame prime lens on the market at T2.4"

I stand corrected...

April 21, 2016 at 2:23PM, Edited April 21, 2:26PM

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John Sartin
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He obviously meant the fastest 18mm full frame prime, but missed the "18mm" part.

April 21, 2016 at 6:55PM

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Ezi Seel
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Probably yes - but NoFilmSchool should be aware of this when posting their headline...

April 21, 2016 at 8:01PM

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We all know they meant fastest 18mm full fame on the market.. Give NFS a break on that. Thanks for this great post! These lenses are a great pl mount option for indie on a budget! Looked and felt solid at NAB!

April 22, 2016 at 9:49PM

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Kyle Lamar
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Maybe it needs to read 'Fastest Wide Angle PL Mount Cinema Lens' in 'current production'.
Most of my Pentax K-mount primes are faster then this.....

April 23, 2016 at 4:48AM

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Stewart Fairweather
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