Canon announces two more Cinema EOS prime lenses

Reported by Mat Gallagher:

The bew Canon CN-E 14mm T3.1
The bew Canon CN-E 14mm T3

Canon is certainly keeping a fast pace with the expansion of its Cinema EOS System, announcing two further lenses to the collection in the form of a wide-angle CN-E 14mm T3.1 L F and a CN-E 135mm T2.2 L F. This brings the range to a total of nine lenses designed for use with its EF mount 35mm and super 35mm cameras. Both new prime lenses feature 11-blade apertures, large aspherical elements and are optimised for 4K video capture. Canon offers six dedicated EOS Cinema cameras in addition to its DSLR, professional camcorder and broadcast ranges.

The new CN-E 135mm T2.2
The new CN-E 135mm

From the manufacturer:
“The Cinema EOS System is designed to support creative expression, and the launch of these new wide-angle and telephoto primes means our EF Cinema Lens line-up now offers the broadest focal length range in its class¹,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “These new lenses truly reflect the vision that the Cinema EOS System is based on – combining industry-leading technologies with professionally-optimised designs so videographers can tell stories exactly as they intended to.”

Outstanding performance
Designed to work with Canon’s EF mount, each model incorporates cutting-edge optical technologies, including anomalous dispersion glass and large diameter aspherical lenses to deliver high resolution images, as well as Canon’s latest broadcast lens coatings to reduce ghosting and flare. Additionally, an 11-blade aperture diaphragm provides beautifully soft background blur when a subject is isolated from its background.

Both lenses utilise the company’s unsurpassed heritage in optical design and include electronic contacts to enable communication between the camera and lens. Each lens features a full-frame image circle that offers compatibility with both 35mm and industry-standard Super 35mm formats, allowing videographers the flexibility to pair either lens with Canon’s range of Cinema EOS System cameras or EOS Digital SLRs.

Class-leading design
Designed for the working professional, both new models feature a high-grade professional design offering advanced operability. Compact form factors are optimised for motion picture production, with unified front lens diameter and gear positions that provide easy operability – eliminating the need to adjust rig set-ups when changing lenses mid-shoot. Widespread compatibility with standard third party accessories also offers outstanding flexibility during use, whether on-set or in the field.

Both the CN-E 14mm T3.1 L F and the CN-E 135mm T2.2 L feature markings on angled surfaces on either side of the lens barrel, making focus and aperture settings easy to read from behind or either side of the camera. A focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees facilitates precise focusing adjustments during shooting, while the focus markings can be switched from metric to imperial labelling as required. Innovative glass constructions also counter barrel expansion and contraction to avoid temperature-induced marking discrepancies, making each lens ideal for use in a range of different conditions.

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