Canon Expands Cinema Prime Lens Line to Six with CN-E35mm T1.5 L...

Canon Expands Cinema Prime Lens Line to Six with CN-E35mm T1.5 L F


Melville, NY—Canon USA’s new CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens is designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers.

Engineered to deliver optical performance for contemporary 4K/2K/HD motion imaging, the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F prime lens is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm models. All six Canon Cinema prime lenses provide a full-frame 36mm x 24mm image circle for full compatibility with the Canon EOS-1D C, EOS C500, EOS C300 Digital Cinema cameras, the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLRs, the EOS C100 digital video camera and EF-mount cameras made by other manufacturers.

The lenses are also built to provide consistent color balance, minimal focus breathing, water-resistant rubber gaskets, and an 11-blade aperture diaphragm to help achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and pleasing bokeh effects. The prime lenses are also designed to facilitate production with uniform stepless gear-positioning rings for iris and focus, with an identical 300º rotation angle on the focus ring. These control rings—switchable from feet to metric labeling—are said to maintain the right amount of resistance with consistent operating torque. Additionally, the lens barrels are engraved with easy-to-read scale markings, and consistent 114mm front lens diameters can accommodate screw-on filters and other accessories.

“As with all Canon Cinema prime lenses, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens has been crafted to meet the creative requirements of the most discerning cinematographers, directors and producers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications, Canon USA. “Filmmakers indicated a need for this lens in our lineup and with its launch, we now offer six cinema prime lenses covering some of the most important focal lengths.”

All Canon Cinema prime lenses feature a Canon EF-mount with electronic contacts that interface with corresponding contacts on Canon cameras for direct communication between each device. This communication allows lens data—including F-numbers—to be displayed in the viewfinder. Both the F-number and the lens model name are also recorded in the camera’s video file as metadata.

Upcoming firmware just announced for the Canon Cinema EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 cameras will provide Canon proprietary features, such as the peripheral illumination correction function, for the CN-E14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses and is scheduled to be available by the end of 2013. They will also to be available for the new CN-E35mm lens in 2014.

The Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens is expected to ship December 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200.