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Zeiss 85mm CP.2 T2.1 and Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 lenses teardown

Xeen 85mm T1.5
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LensRentals’ Roger Cicala published pics and text of the latest teardown he performed in his lab. The Zeiss 85mm CP.2 T2.1 and the brand new Samyang/Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5, two Cine lenses, are the victims.

Since the XEEN 85mm sells for much less than the Zeiss ($2,500 vs $4,000), we are particularly interested to learn about the XEEN’s build quality. Says Roger Cicala:

So what’s the verdict on build quality? Overall, it’s very good, especially given that it’s selling for about half of what other cinema lenses sell for. I do have some very real concerns about how the focus system will hold up over time and with hard use, but the compromises made seem very reasonable overall. Put another way, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one based on what I saw today, but I’d be make sure my focus puller was gentle and didn’t ‘slam’ focus. Over time hard use, especially hard focusing use, will take a toll on this lens I think.

LensRentals’ teardown comes with tons of images, and exhaustive description. Samyang/Rokinon announced three XEEN lenses a few days ago.

Xeen 85mm T1.5
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Samyang/Rokinon XEEN 85mm T1.5 AmazonAdorama B&H Photo

Xeen 85mm T1.5
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