Object of Desire: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF E-Mount Lenses

December 28, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

A great camera platform is nothing without great lenses. When Schneider launched its Xenon FF cinema lenses in 2014, they covered Canon, Nikon and PL mount cameras. Conspicuously absent was the Sony E-mount. Fortunately, just as Sony refreshed its full-frame mirrorless lineup with new a7 Mark II editions this summer, Schneider announced that it would bring Xenon FF primes for Sony E-mount cameras to market before the curtain fell on 2015. These cinema prime lenses feature distance markings on both sides of the barrel so operators can switch sides without losing their focal bearings. The gearings around the focus ring are industry standard so you can use a variety of follow-focus accessories. They also feature a 95mm thread on the front to accommodate filters. You’ll enjoy a 300-degree rotation of the manual focus ring for smooth and precise focusing. Every lens in the Xenon FF series save the 100mm has identical external dimensions so they’re easy to swap during filming without disturbing the camera set up. They’re color matched to ensure consistency from lens to lens and have 14 blade aperture diaphragms. Anti-reflection coatings keep lens flare at bay. At launch, Schneider will sell a 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm lens—all with an aperture of T2.1. In 2016, Schneider plans to expand the E-mount lineup to include 18mm and 135mm lenses.

PRICE: $3,995-$5,750

INFO: www.schneideroptics.com

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