EXCELLENT QUALITY FOR EXCELLENT IMAGES

The Chinese drama serials ‘Three Queens’ and ‘Police Woman’ have more in common than just their popularity. Both were filmed with the industry leading Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III lenses. Their respective cinematographers, A’Dijiang (ADJ) and Li Wei (LW), discuss what it was like filming with this Hollywood-standard lens package.

 

 

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A’Dijiang

Cinematographer

Li Wei

Deputy Director, Department of Cinematography, Beijing Film Academy

Filmography

Three Queens, Mother-in-Law is Coming, The Young Communist International Division, The Legend of Shaolin Temple 2, Spring and Autumn Period of Yancheng, Sinful Debt 2, etc, [Movies] Give You Ten Million, Shanghai Diary, etc

 

Policewoman, Zhongzhou Policewoman, Jingtan Leiming 3, Ten Months Pregnant, Da Ci Tang, Hacker, Whisper in Winter, Plum Rain Season, Zhen Zhen, Mother, Spring, City Without Horizon, Xuan Jian, Grocery Store, Divergence, etc

 

 

How did it feel shooting with the Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III lenses?

 

ADJ: The Cine-Xenar III covers 1920 × 1080 full HD resolution. I could barely see any breathing in the image and the bokeh was nice and soft without any hard edges. I also found the macro quality to be really good. In ‘Three Queens’, we had many scenes involving diamonds and close-up shots so we had intended to rent a macro lens – until we realised the amazing macro quality of the Cine-Xenar III. From a production perspective, it saved us money and, by being able to take a shot right up to the subject, it raised our production efficiency as well.

 

 

The Cine-Xenar III covers 1920 × 1080 full HD resolution. I could barely see any breathing in the image and the bokeh was nice and soft without any hard edges. I also found the macro quality to be really good.

 

 

LW: Generally speaking, to judge a lens, we would consider its Modulation Transfer Function but that alone is often not enough. It also comes down to filming experience. For the Cine-Xenar III lenses, I think construction is of good quality and it feels very sturdy. We mounted it on an ARRI Alexa and, watching the monitor as we shot, found that the image quality was very good both in terms of colour and sharpness.

 

Did the Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III lenses fit well with your filming style?

 

LW: Everyone has their own preferences but personally, I like the 35mm for its calm, neutral attitude in portraying the relationships between people and their environment and even people and society. I often use 18mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm and more. I would seldom use anything under 18mm. For me, the Cine-Xenar III lenses are quite comprehensive. In particular, the 75mm and 95mm focal lengths are really suitable for me when I film with double cameras.

 

For me, the Cine-Xenar III lenses are quite comprehensive. In particular, the 75mm and 95mm focal lengths are really suitable for me when I film with double cameras.

 

ADJ: In shooting dramas, I prefer compact and lightweight lenses. The Cine-Xenar III delivers this along with precision workmanship and convenient hand-held controls. While this was my first time working with Schneider lenses, I think its focal lengths are relatively complete. With the 75mm and 95mm, for example, we can shoot with double cameras.

 

Any ideas or hopes for the Schneider-Kreuznach lenses?

 

ADJ: After this experience, I am pretty confident about the quality and performance of Schneider lenses. Personally, if the brand could introduce a wider focal length option, that would be great for me!

 

 After this experience, I am pretty confident about the quality and performance of Schneider lenses. Personally, if the brand could introduce a wider focal length option, that would be great for me!

 

LW: Overall we are very satisfied with Schneider lenses. There were no visible flaws in image quality and given its price point, it has delivered on our expectations. Performance was pretty solid as well – we had no issues filming. Looking into the future, I hope that Schneider will develop more high-end lenses with their own unique visual characteristics. This will offer cinematographers more options.  

 

Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III lenses offer fast T-stop in a reliable and robust construction. With telecentric optical design for better performance with digital cameras and virtually no breathing, they are the lenses of choice of filmmakers around the world. Schneider-Kreuznach solutions are available in Greater China through Jebsen Industrial.

 

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