XEEN CF Primes: Are These New Lightweight Lenses a Must For Your Kit?
The smaller, lighter, more flexible version of the popular XEEN primes are now available.
[Editor's Note: No Film School participated in a sponsored post for XEEN. However, all opinions are our own. XEEN co-produced this video.]
First announced back in September, the full set of XEEN CF primes will be available worldwide at the end of February. The set includes focal length 16, 24, 35, 50 and 85mm. No Film School was able to test pre-production models and we were impressed by the high image quality we were able to get from such small, compact lenses. Check out the video below:
The XEEN CF features an all-new lightweight carbon fiber housing that makes them about 0.5 lbs lighter than the original XEEN lenses. The great thing about carbon fiber is that while it's lightweight like plastic, it doesn't bend or give as much. It's stiff, which is a quality you'd hope to find in a lens.
So, this means that these XEEN CF lenses won't be affected while focusing with your hands or a powerful focus motor, and they won't weigh you down the way some heavier metal lenses would.
Optically, it's the same glass XEEN owners have come to expect and is capable of capturing 8K resolution on full-frame sensors. A fast T1.5 aperture provides solid low-light performance and an 11-blade iris creates a nice rounded bokeh. There's a common 95mm front ring with matching focus and iris gears throughout the lineup. You also have interchangeable mount options including ARRI PL, Canon EF, and Sony E.
Want to know more?
If you want to learn more about the new XEEN CF lenses, you can head on over to XEEN’s website. We'll also have a second video demonstrating the lenses in action up soon as well so check back in.
Are you considering these lenses? Let us know in the comments.