Cinematographer Dave Perry pits the Schneider Xenon FF 50mm lens against the Zeiss CP.2 Super Speed 50mm lens.

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An Unscientific Test of the 50mm Zeiss CP.2 Super Speed and 50mm Schneider Xenon FF

I've been considering upgrading my lens package for a while but it wasn't until I was recently hired as a B-Camera operator to shoot pickups for a 2016 feature film that I really made the decision to take the plunge. The camera I used had a Angenieux Optimo 24-290mm T2.8 Zoom. I'm certainly not in a position to plunk $87k down for a lens. However, I decided that it was a good time to invest in some industry recognized cinema glass that would last a life time.

I Finally narrowed it down to 3, the Sonys, Zeiss CP.2s, and Xenon FFs. I rented a 50mm Zeiss CP.2 and Xenon but could not find a rental house that had a Sony. I was really leaning towards the Sonys though because of the price for the six lens set. I decided not to go for them because of size, weight, less name recognition, and PL mount only. Name recognition is not a huge issue for me but the fact is, as lame as it is, some people are more comfortable going with a brand that has wide name recognition. I frequently have requests for equipment rentals. I wanted to have something with a little more recognition. The Zeiss and Schneiders both have EF and PL mount options that are interchangeable. That was appealing to me because of flexibility between camera bodies if I rent a camera and options for people interested in renting the lenses from me.

My final choice was the Schneiders. I ordered a 25mm, 50mm, and 100mm. The full review can be found at

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