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Schneider Kreuznach To Announce Xenon FF-Primes

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Schneider Kreuznach has confirmed to announce three full-frame lenses for video shooting with DSLR cameras. These lenses will be called “Xenon FF-Primes”.

The new Xenon FF-Primes are 35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1 and 75mm T2.1.  These lenses aimed at satisfying the growing demand from ambitious and professional cinematographers and photographers.

The new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes will be available for Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras in the second half of 2013.


Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes features

  • 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 easy and reliable adjustment
  • Canon EF, Nikon F or PL-mount
  • M95 filter thread

Press release:

SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH launches professional full-frame video lenses for DSLR cameras in its anniversary year

Stronger focus on entertainment in the areas of photography and film in future. 2012 a transitional year with drop in sales mainly due to declining commodity business and a reluctance to invest in the area of automotive. Positive outlook for current year in particular as a result of improving business with industrial lenses in Asia.

BAD KREUZNACH, 12 June 2013 Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH from Bad Kreuznach and its subsidiaries generated total sales of 78 million euros in 2012, down approximately 5.4% compared to the previous year. The company’s headquarters in Bad Kreuznach contributed 46.2 million euros to the Group’s sales. “We have adapted to changes in the market conditions and are optimistic about the future. 2012 was a transitional phase for us overall. In 2013, our anniversary year, we will be back on track,” said Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group.

The company plans to focus more on new, high-quality products in future. Full-frame lenses for video shooting with DSLR cameras, called “FF-Primes” at Schneider-Kreuznach, are in the pipeline. They are supposed to satisfy the growing demand from ambitious and professional cinematographers and photographers. Schneider-Kreuznach already has extensive expertise in the area of film production with its MPTV series for cinema and TV producers. The company has now developed high-resolution full-frame lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras especially for use in film production. With their properties, they currently hold a unique position on the market. From a strategic viewpoint, this constitutes a further step in the Schneider Group’s focus on entertainment. In contrast, the company is withdrawing from the business with simple compact cameras, which is no longer profitable and has dropped sharply. Demand for industrial lenses is growing again, especially in Asia. Schneider-Kreuznach offers special lenses and filters for inspections (OLED, circuit boards, 3D), medical technology and security systems in this market.