Schneider Optics Xenon Full Frame Lens Test. Molly Miller Music Video.


***Note: I am possibly the worst editor in the world and had to sync this manually. My apologies in advance. Thanks!
Here is a quick test of the new Schneider Optics Xenon Full Frame Cinema Lenses. They currently have a basic prime set of 35mm, 50mm and 75mm. All with a maximum aperture of T2.1 and will cover a full frame sized sensor. The Xenon’s were quite sharp with good contrast. They are slightly less contrasty than Zeiss lenses and a lot sharper than canon glass. They fell right in between Cooke and Zeiss in their look and feel. They are heavy lenses and are well built. Both iris and focus have smooth click less cinema style fixed gears. They are currentyl available in PL and Canon EF mounts. Nikon mount will be available soon.

We only had the lenses for a few hours, so I decided to shoot something simple with hard light. We used two Arri 350W tungsten lights and shot this with a Canon 5D MK3 using ALL-I, 640 ISO, 1/50th @24 fps T2.1 & T4 split. The Schneider Xenon Full Frame Lenses are not cheap. They will retail for about $4K each and should be available by mid to late 2013. A huge THANK YOU to Molly Miller for letting us use her song.

Click here to check out the Xenon prime lenses.


Full-Frame Prime Lenses: Xenon FF-Primes

  • Suitable for use with DSLR and cine style cameras
  • Cover full frame sensors
  • Designed for 4K resolution
  • 14 iris blades for an outstanding Bokeh
  • Rugged, cine style mechanics which use standard follow focus systems and other common cine- and video accessories
  • Uniform dimensions and performance throughout the set
  • Color matched
  • Minimized Breathing
  • Spread and calibrated focus scales for easyand reliable sharpness adjustment
  • Canon EOS-, Nikon F- or PL-mount
  • M95 filter thread
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Outsider

    Schneider optics – the best in the world !!