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Old February 16th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Abel Cine NOT Supporting Cine Xenars Anymore

I was planning on renting a set for an upcoming TVC to use on a F3 but I am wary of the notice from AbelCine which is due to mechanical and optical issues on both versions 1 & 2 (a version 3 is being released at NAB).

Anyone else heard of issues with the Xenars?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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Re: Abel Cine NOT Supporting Cine Xenars Anymore

I have had a full set of 5 Cine-Xenars for exactly one year now, and they are by far my favorite lenses. Great bokeh, close focusing, very sharp, and rock solid.

What some people consider to be negatives are no big deal at all once you get used to them. Having the focus ring at the rear of the lens actually makes it easier to reach my FF knob (shorter reach). And having the aperture ring towards the front of the lens is an easier place to reach than it would be near the lens mount.

They also extend as much as one inch when focusing, but that is only if you go from one extreme to the other. I have a rubber ring to seal the gap between the lens and the matte box that handles the change just fine. And I have never had the FF teeth walk of the focus ring.

I love them, and highly recommend them if you can find a set.
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