First Canon RF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses Debut

First Canon RF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses Debut


Melville, NY—Canon USA introduced the first Canon RF-mount cinema prime lens lineup (CN-R) for its Cinema EOS system. The new lenses combine optical performance for 4K and 8K shooting; cinema-style operability; as well as RF-mount communications.

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Canon CN-R85mm T1.3 L F

What’s more, Canon says the first set of seven RF-mount cinema prime lenses is only the beginning. Canon plans “to swiftly expand the lineup of RF-mount-compatible video production equipment to meet the needs of professional video production of such content as movies, TV and commercials.”

Canon RF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses

The initial seven Canon CN-R lenses have focal lengths and T stops of 14mm T3.1, 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.3, 85mm T1.3 and 135mm T2.2. Furthermore, they are all compatible with the two existing RF-mount Canon cinema cameras: the EOS C70 and EOS R5 C.

In addition, the lenses will allow for RF-mount protocol transmission. Further, just as with EF-mount cinema prime Lenses, operators can control magnification, chromatic aberration correction, peripheral light correction, as well as a dual-pixel focus guide via camera body operations. The new lenses also feature lens distortion correction. These features support video production needs during on-location recording and postproduction workflow.

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Canon CN-R20mm T1.5 L F

The lenses achieve optical performance suitable for use with 4K and 8K cameras by optimally positioning large-diameter aspherical lens elements as well as elements with anomalous dispersion glass. Their compatibility with the full-frame large-format sensor, bright T-stop values and 11-blade iris help produce a shallow depth of field for subjects, natural round blurring and soft image expressions. Additionally, unified Cinema EOS color balance throughout the series helps provide consistent color, even when changing lenses.

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Canon CN-R14mm T3.1 L F

Canon sought to design the lenses with an ideal level of ring torque. Thus, they allow for the precise, smooth adjustments often needed during cinema productions. The lenses also provide a unified design across the series, including the gear position of the operation ring, the lens diameter and the rotation angle (operation angle). As a result, cinematographers can swap the lenses in and out without having to adjust matte boxes or external focus accessories for each lens.

Furthermore, a coarse surface near the mount provides a comfortable fit in the user’s hand. Consequently, they can hold the lens securely without gripping the operation ring when attaching and detaching different lenses.

Canon CN-R135mm T2.2 L F
Schedule of Availability

The estimated retail pricing and scheduled availability of the first seven Canon RF-mount cinema prime lenses are as follows:

  • CN-R14mm T3.1 L F: $4,220, Late February 2024
  • CN-R20mm T1.5 L F: $4,220, Late March 2024
  • CN-R24mm T1.5 L F: $4,220, Late January 2024
  • CN-R35mm T1.5 L F: $3,950, Late January 2024
  • CN-R50mm T1.3 L F: $3,950, Late January 2024
  • CN-R85mm T1.3 L F: $3,950, Late January 2024
  • CN-R135mm T2.2 L F: $3,950, Late April 2024