Live from NAB 2011: Schneider Xenar lenses

Posted in Equipment, Video by Dave Goldgaber on April 12, 2011

Schneider Xenar 95mm PL-mount lens

So, I have to say that I’m a huge fan of these Schneider lenses. A few people might even call it ‘waxing poetic’ when I describe them. I’m psyched for the Leicas, but these definitely have a place in my heart.

Schneider introduced their Xenar lenses at last year’s NAB, but this year they are showing updated models. The glass is the same, but the housing has changed a bit, with the mechanics of the housing allowing smoother lens travel.

What I like about these lenses is the versatility. They come in PL or EF mounts, and the glass is extremely sharp and virtually no breathing at all when I racked from the foreground to the pretty model in the background. I also like the price-point: $22K for a 5-lens set!! You get the following lengths: 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 95mm, with F-stops ranging from T2.0-2.2.

To boot, they cover 5K on RED and super 35mm sensors. At their booth they had a 35mm on the new Sony F3… what a pair!


Dave Goldgaber is one of ARC’s resident video specialists. He is available for hire as a DP, AC or technical adviser.

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  1. […] we have tons of live coverage from NAB in Las Vegas, with Dave Goldgaber reporting on the updated Schneider Xenar prime cinema lenses; he introduces RED’s new shoulder rig, ‘The Clutch’; he details the Arri Alexa […]

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