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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

Chuck Jones

Digital Media Producer, Photographer, Video Storyteller, Cinemagraph Master. Only Semi-Reformed Hippy. Managing Editor of http://TheCameraForum.Com

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