Samyang’s new XEEN CF Cine Prime full-frame lenses detailed ahead of Q3 launch

Samyang has launched its new line of XEEN CF Cine Prime full-frame lenses made from lightweight carbon fiber. The XEEN CF will be offered in 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm options for Canon EF, Sony E and PL mounts. The model features a T1.5 aperture, 11-blade diaphragm and luminous numbers on the lens rings for making adjustments in dark conditions.

The XEEN CF lenses feature the company's proprietary X-Coating for minimized reflections paired with controlled ghosting and flares for halation, producing a 'dramatic effect.' Users are promised 'beautiful bokeh' thanks to the 11-blade diaphragm and excellent low-light performance from the bright aperture.

The lenses are designed for large format and 8K sensors, offering the durability and light weight of carbon fiber at 0.9kg (2lbs) to 1.1kg (2.4lbs), depending on the model. Due to the low weight, the new XEEN CF lenses can be used with gimbals and drones in addition to movie cameras.

The company will initially launch its 24mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses in Q3 2019; the 16mm and 35mm options won't be released until early next year. Prices are unclear at this time, but ePhotozine claims the lenses will be showcased at the 2019 IBC Exhibition in Amsterdam from September 13 to 17.