Schneider Optics Rolls Out ‘Xenon FF-Prime Lenses’

Lenses accommodate digital cinematography’s modern requirements
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Lenses accommodate digital cinematography’s modern requirements

Schneider Optics, a producer of optics for large-format photography, introduces the Xenon line of prime lenses designed for digital cinematography equipment that contains full-frame sensors and a high-definition single-lens reflex. In addition, the Xenon lenses can be used with other professional cameras.
The first focal lengths being introduced in the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime series are the 35mm T2.1, the 50mm T2.1 and the 75mm T2.1, which will be available—during the second half of 2013—in Nikon F, Canon EOS or PL mounts, according to Schneider Optics, which is the U.S. subsidiary of the German company Schneider-Kreuznach.
The Xenon full-frame lenses are built to support 4K resolution (4096 × 2304 pixels) and cover the 45mm image circle usable on Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 cameras.
Each 3.3-pound lens features optical and mechanical design for operation, performance and reliability. The company says the circular 14-blade aperture is engineered for a smooth and consistent “bokeh” (aesthetic blur), while the precision constant volume focusing design minimizes the impact breathing has on a camera, the company says.

The manual focus markings add accuracy and repeatability with its 300-degree barrel rotation and the lenses are also color-matched to increase consistency, according to Schneider Optics.

The Xenon FF-Primes is compatible with industry standards for focus rigs and matteboxes, and features identical external dimensions and positioning of focus and gear rings in each focal length. The oversized focus and distance scales are readable on both sides of the lens, and each lens has a 100mm front diameter and a standard 95mm thread to accommodate filters and other accessories, according to the company. In addition, there are plans to add other wide angle and telephoto lenses, the companies say.

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