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Not to be outdone by the strong Zeiss support for the native Sony FF E mount, Schneider Optics announces additional support for the Sony E mount in their new family of prime lenses specially designed and built for digital cinematography with full-frame sensor HDSLR, Mirrorless, and other professional cameras.
Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the new Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF Prime Lenses are the latest addition to the company’s line of high-end optics. These lenses feature a unique interchangeable lens mount that allows direct adaptation to most professional grade cameras of your choice, including the RED Dragon, Canon C100/C300/C500, Arri Alexa, Black Magic, Sony F5/F55, and all of the several Sony alpha 7 series bodies.
The new Xenon FF Prime lenses are designed for 4K resolution (4096 × 2304 pixels). where these compact lenses provide 4K resolution and cover the full 43.3 mm image circle usable on the Sony a7S, a7S II, a7R II etc, Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 cameras.
What this means to Sony shooters is the Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF Prime Lenses are here finally in a native Sony E mount. The set currently includes a very nice selection of focal lengths, with 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm focal lengths available. Each of these T2.1 primes is available in changeable Sony E, Nikon F, Canon EOS or PL mounts.
The Xenon FF Prime Lenses share the same external dimensions and weigh just 2.6 lbs. except for the 100mm which is 3.1 lbs. The all new optical and mechanical design offers outstanding operation and performance as well as rugged reliability. The circular 14-blade aperture is specially engineered for a smooth and consistent bokeh. The precision constant volume focusing design ensures that breathing is minimized. And with a 300-degree barrel rotation, the manual focus markings offer dead-on accuracy and repeatability. Additionally all lenses are color-matched for consistency.
Engineered for compatibility with industry standard cine-style accessories like follow focus rigs and matteboxes, the Xenon FF Prime Lenses feature identical external dimensions and positioning of focus and gear rings in each focal length. Operators will appreciate using the oversized focus and distance scales that are readable on both sides of the lens. To accommodate filters and other accessories, each lens has a 100mm front diameter and a standard 95mm thread.
Basically, what Schneider is producing in their Xenon FF Prime Lenses is a set of matched professional primes, purpose-built from scratch for the demands of today’s high-resolution digital cinematography – made to last through generations of changing camera technology – and priced to own.
Just in time for the new era in digital cinematography with full frame sensor cameras shooting at 4K and higher resolution, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes provide full frame cover- age and a true 4K optical design. Users hail their uniform, size, weight, internal design and consistent performance through- out the set. And thanks to Schneider’s exclusive unique Interchangeable mount, FF-Primes work beautifully with a variety of different cine, HDSLR, Mirrorless and other cameras, with new cameras to be supported as they arrive on the scene.
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