Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price?

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Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price?

I wanted to start breaking down some of the tools of the filmmaking trade. The more information you have on your “paint brushes” the more beautiful the artwork you can paint. Moving forward Indie Film Hustle will be doing reviews on all sorts of film gear. Like our two recent posts on LED Lights Under $50 and the Veydra Mini Cinema Lenses.

From cameras, lights, lenses, DIY techniques and post production. I truly believe the best filmmakers understand ALL aspects of the filmmaking process. Knowledge is power. Let us begin.

Today we’ll be reviewing Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN. I found the videos below from award-winning director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC. I love the work Shane has been doing over at Shane’s Inner Circle. He really breaks down his process.

He tested the ‎Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses compared with Canon CN-E, Zeiss CP.2, and our Cooke S4 lenses. It’s a pretty great lens test.



Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 14mm Lens Review


Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 14mm Lens Breathing Test


Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 24mm Lens Review



Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 35mm Lens Review


Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 35mm Lens Breathing Test


Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 50mm Lens Review


Rokinon Cine Lenses – XEEN 85mm Lens Review

The question is:

“Are They Worth the Price? “

I don’t know. When it comes to lenses I like to get the most bang for the buck and I’m not sure the XEEN fit the bill but you’ll have to make the call.

Here’s some more info and specs on the Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN:

Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN are built specifically for use as a cinema lens. It features an internal focus design so that the lens does not change size while focusing, this minimizes the appearance of breathing when changing focus. Each lens in the set is multi-coated for good contrast, glare prevention, and are color matched to a factory standard, allowing you to assemble a set over time with minimal color shift. This 24mm lens provides what is considered a wide angle of view on full-frame cameras, and a tighter angle of view on smaller formats.

  • Covers Full-Frame 35mm/Vista Vision
  • Available in PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, and Micro 4/3 Mounts
  • This is a 24mm lens that has an image circle that covers a full-frame sensor. When mounted on a camera with a full-frame sensor it provides you with a wide angle of view.
  • The lens features metal construction to withstand the rigors of daily production, and comes with a support foot that can help take strain off your camera’s lens port.
  • Dual right and left side focus and T-stop scales allow your focus puller to work from either side of the lens, without having to flip the lens in the mount or facing upside numerals.
  • Each lens in the XEEN series shares a common focus and iris gear ring positions, which speeds up lens changes as accessories such as follow focus units or iris motors don’t have to be re-positioned.
  • The common 114mm front diameter allows for quick lens changes as you don’t have to swap out anti-reflection donuts or adapters to use the same matte box.
  • Metal Construction & Fully Manual, No Electronics
  • Available in PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, and Micro 4/3 Mounts
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • The non-rotating front allows you to use optional clip-on matte boxes.
  • “Clickless” aperture ring for smooth iris pulls.
  • 11 Blade Iris
  • Min. Focus Distance:  24mm — 10″, 50mm — 18″, 85mm — 3′ 9″
  • Weight: 24mm — 2.6 lbs., 50mm — 2.56 lbs., 85mm — 2.7 lbs.
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • A minimum focusing distance of 10″ allows you to get up close to your subject.


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