From the deepest depths of “In My Fondest Dreams” and from a Bad Kreuznach Division IBC Press Release, 13.09.2013, I bring you the current #1 pick for my “Christmas Video, 2013 Most Wanted Stocking Stuffers.”  (Saint Nicholas should be this good to all of us .)


Schneider-Kreuznach presents its new range of Xenon full-frame primes at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC). The lenses have been developed especially for DSLR cameras with full-frame sensors for video shooting and can also be used with professional cine cameras.

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 75mm FF Prime
Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 75mm FF Prime

The full-frame lens series comprises five fixed focal lengths: T2.1/35mm,
T2.1/50mm and T2.1/75mm will be available from the second half of 2013,
while a T2.1/25mm wide angle and a T2.1/100mm telephoto lens are due
to hit the shops in early 2014. The series will soon be expanded with a
macro lens and further focal lengths.

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 100mm FF Prime
Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 100mm FF Prime

“This series of prime lenses has been especially designed for full-frame
sensors and meets users’ exceptionally high demands in terms of optical
performance and ease of use,” says Daniela Kesselem, product manager
at Schneider-Kreuznach. All lenses are suitable not only for Nikon and
Canon DSLR full-frame cameras with corresponding F or EF bayonet
mounts, but also professional film cameras with a PL-mount. All of the
lenses in the series are color-matched. Whether for commercials or
feature films, Xenon full-frame primes provide film makers with optimum
performance and reliability in all situations.

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 25mm FF Prime
Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 25mm FF Prime

The full-frame lenses are designed for 4K resolution (4096 × 2304 pixels).
They can be used with standard professional cine accessories like rigs,
follow focus or matte boxes. Special features required for filming such as
minimized breathing, a harmonious bokeh or reduced stray light have
been optimized in the Xenon full-frame primes.
Further product features of all Xenon full-frame prime lenses include:

  • A standard aperture of T2.1 as well as identical external dimensions

    and positioning of the controls in all lenses.

  • A circular aperture with 14 blades to ensure a harmonious bokeh.

  • Robust cine-style lens mechanics

  • Manual, precise and reproducible focus settings with a 300° angle

    of rotation

  • Larger focus and distance scales for easier focusing even with

    greater distances, readable on both sides

  • M95 filter thread

  • Exchangeable bayonet interface

  • Price certain to reflect the value of such lenses in the marketplace, however unavailable at the time of this writing