Samyang recently announced their 'entry level' cine lenses, the Xeen lineup and they could cause a stir. With a specification that is up there with similar offerings from canon and ziess, Xeen look set to be on any lens buyers shortlist and the rental costs will almost definitely make them an option that would be daft to ignore.
Although we reserve judgment until we can actually try them out the build looks good, with changeable mounts, making them good investments without the risk of needing replacement should you change cameras.
Focus rings and markings are in the standard places for cine lenses meaning your AC or focus puller can operate without any learning curve and with all the lenses in the range having the same external dimensions and front diameter accessories, such as matte boxes and follow focuses will work across the board, keeping lens swap time to a minimum.
The first three focal lengths available are 24, 50 and 85mm with full frame coverage and fast T1.5 apertures.
Best of all they are significantly cheaper than similarly specced other lenses at £1600 each. While not as cheap as dslr options for video they do represent great value and should last well with metal bodies and rugged construction. When we get our hands on them we will share our thoughts, along with test footage.
What do you think? Would you shell out for one of these? Let us know in the comments below.