Canon Launches A New Range Of EF Mount Cinema Lenses
New cine lenses to work with all Canon mount cameras.
By Dan Carr | November 04, 2011
Alongside the launch of the new EOS C300 Canon have also unveiled a new set of EF mount cine lenses designed to compliment the new camera and also existing DSLRs. The two new PL mount cine zooms that we saw at NAB earlier in the year will now be available with an EF mount and joined by a trio of shiny new EF Cine primes in a 24mm, 50mm and 85mm.
For those shooting video with Canon DSLRs there have been a multitude of problems to overcome in the past, not least of which was the short focus throw of regular EF mount lenses which often went from infinity to closest focus in an inch of barrel movement. This short throw made it much harder to pull focus accurately and the lack of a manual aperture meant it was also impossible to pull the exposure if you were changing lighting during a shot. The new EF cine lenses will solve all these problems in traditional cine lens package with clearly marked focus scale and T stops on the barrel. The primes in particular look nicely compact and have extremely wide apertures of t1.5 and t1.3 which are said to have been designed to be sharper than all current L-Series lenses. The lenses will be compatible with all existing Canon DSLRs but of course there will be no auto focus or auto exposure. All of the new lenses are capable of resolving a 4K image on a Super35 sized sensor.
Preliminary pricing info has been released and Canon are looking to get the primes on the shelf for $6800 while the zooms will be $47,000 a piece. This might stop you in your tracks a little if you are not used to the pricing of cine lenses but this is basically in line with other similar products on the market. Expect the lenses to be available sometime next summer.
Full Press Release
Canon Casts EF Cinema Lenses In Starring Role For New Cinema EOS System
New Lens Series Debuts with Seven Models and more in the wings
HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 - Canon Inc. and Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced the introduction of seven new 4K EF Cinema Lenses, an all-new series of video cinematography lenses that, in addition to the company's current lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, form the core of Canon's new Cinema EOS System. The launch of the Cinema EOS System marks Canon's full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.
Canon's new EF Cinema Lens lineup includes four top-end zoom lenses covering a zoom range from 14.5 mm to 300 mm-two models each for EF and PL lens mounts-and three single-focal-length lenses for EF mounts. All seven new lenses are capable of delivering exceptional 4K optical performance and offer compatibility with the Super 35 mm-equivalent image format. The three single-focal-length EF lenses can be used with cameras equipped with 35 mm full-frame sensors.
The seven new lenses represent the starting cast of Canon's new EF Cinema Lens series, a star-studded lineup that will continue to grow in the future with the introduction of new A-list zoom and fixed-focal-length lenses.
Wide-Angle and Telephoto Cinema Zoom Lenses for EF and PL Mounts
CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S / CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP *
CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S / CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP *
The four new Canon zoom cinema lenses comprise the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (for EF mounts) and CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (for PL mounts) wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, and the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (for EF mounts) and CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (for PL mounts) telephoto cinema zoom lenses. Each lens supports 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) resolution, which delivers a pixel count four times that of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), and offers compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras as well as APS-C cameras.i
Employing anomalous dispersion glass, effective in eliminating chromatic aberration, and large-diameter aspherical lenses, the zoom lenses achieve high-resolution imaging from the center of the frame to the outer edges. Each lens is equipped with a newly designed 11-blade aperture diaphragm for soft, attractive blur characteristics, making them ideally suited for cinematographic applications.
The focal length range of 14.5-300 mm covered by the new zoom lenses represents the most frequently used focal lengths in theatrical motion picture production, a range that often requires a combination of three or more separate zoom lenses. Canon's new wide-angle and telephoto cinema zoom lenses, however, offer a wider angle and powerful zooming to provide complete coverage across this range with just two lenses. The new wide-angle cinema zoom lenses will offer the industry's widest angle of view among 35 mm digital cinema lenses with a wide-angle-end focal length of 14.5 mm.ii
Zoom, focus and iris markings are all engraved on angled surfaces for improved readability from behind the camera. With a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees and a zoom rotation angle of approximately 160 degrees, the lenses facilitate precise focusing performance while making possible smooth and subtle zoom operation.
The new top-end cinema zoom lens lineup can be used with standard manual and electronic movie industry accessories, as well as matte boxes. Featuring a unified front lens diameter and uniform gear positions, the lenses do away with the need to adjust or reposition accessory gear when switching between other lenses in the series.
Pricing and availability
Both the Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (EF mount) lens and the Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (PL mount) lens are scheduled for late January 2012 availability for an estimated list price of $45,000 each. The Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (EF mount) and Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (PL mount) lens are scheduled for late March 2012 availability for an estimated list price of $47,000 each.
Single-Focal-Length Cinema Lenses for EF Mounts
CN-E24mm T1.5 L F / CN-E50mm T1.3 L F / CN-E85mm T1.3 L F *
Like their wide-angle and telephoto cinema zoom lens co-stars, Canon's new CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F cinema lenses deliver 4K optical performance. The three lenses, designed for use with EF mounts, are compatible with not only industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, but also 35 mm full-frame, APS-H and APS-C sensor sizes. The trio incorporates anomalous dispersion glass and large-diameter aspherical lenses for high resolution imaging throughout the frame, and features a newly designed 11-blade aperture diaphragm for gentle, attractive blurring.
With focus and iris markings that are easily visible from behind the camera, Canon's three new fixed-focal-length lenses support convenient film-style operation and, offering a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees, facilitate precise focusing performance.
The CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F support standard manual and electronic industry accessories and matte boxes, and have a unified front lens diameter and uniform gear positions, eliminating the need for adjustments when switching lenses.
Pricing and availability
The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 L F (EF mount) and CN-E50mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lenses are scheduled to be available in late July 2012. The CN-E85mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens is scheduled to be available in late August. The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 L F (EF mount) lens will have an estimated list price of $6,800. The Canon CN-E50mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens will have an estimated list price of $6,800. The Canon CN-E85mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens will have an estimated list price of $6,800.
For more information and to view online demonstration footage of the new products please visit: www.canoncinemaeos.com
About Canon Inc.
Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the fields of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon's extensive range of products includes copying machines, inkjet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalized to become a worldwide industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions. With over 195,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Canon's consolidated net sales for fiscal 2010 (ended December 31, 2010) totalled $45.8 billion (at an exchange rate of Â¥81 = US$1). Visit the Canon Inc. website at: www.canon.com
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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