Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Canon 35mm cinema prime lens

Canon is developing a new 35mm cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor digital cameras, such as its Cinema EOS range.

It will be compatible with super 35mm-size sensors, full-frame 35mm and APS-C. The new EF-mount 35mm lens will become the sixth prime lens in Canon’s EF Cinema lens line-up, giving an option between the existing 24mm and 50mm lenses. 

A development sample of the 35mm cinema lens is on display in the Canon booth during the 2013 NAB show in Las Vegas (April 8-11), with the aim of an official launch during 2013.

The matched Canon Cinema prime lenses are claimed to deliver “high optical performance in a variety of focal lengths to suit a broad range of creative shooting preferences” as part of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products.

“Canon is committed to developing class-leading tools to support visual story-telling at all levels,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “In the past 18 months alone, we’ve launched Cinema EOS and expanded the system to include HD, 2K, and 4K cameras, and a range of different lenses. We continually strive to offer our customers more creative options providing them with greater flexibility that will further support the delivery of exceptional imaging content. The new 35mm lens currently in development is a great example of this.”

All Canon EF Cinema lenses use advanced materials and coatings to meet high optical performance levels, including 4K (4096 x 2160) production standards. Canon Cinema prime lenses have an 11-blade aperture diaphragm, for pleasing bokeh (out of focus background) effects. All feature a full-frame image circle in a lightweight, compact design, delivering colour tone and balance that matches Canon’s Cinema zoom lenses.

The lenses are not only suited to all cameras in the Cinema EOS System, but, thanks to their full frame imaging circle, can also be used with Canon’s DSLR cameras such as EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark III. The EF-mount design supports communication between camera and lens, enabling features such as display of the f-number in the viewfinder, recording of lens metadata, and Peripheral Illumination Correction (if the camera has it).

By David Fox