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Designed for Film-Style Operation, Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver Exceptional 4K Performance


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 10, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the new CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm imagers. These two new lenses join with Canon’s CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F primes to provide a broad line of five precision-matched, competitively priced EF-mount Cinema prime lenses that provide high optical performance levels and a choice of versatile focal lengths for a wide range of creative shooting choices. All five Canon Cinema prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, which include the EOS C500 4K/2K Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C100 Digital Video Camera and EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses.

CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F

CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F

“Since our introduction to the film and television production industry back in November 2011, we have brought to market five Cinema prime lenses, two top-end Cinema zoom lenses, two compact Cinema zoom lenses, and four professional digital cinematography cameras all within 18 months,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This is a testament to the Company’s dedication to the needs of the growing and diverse universe of professionals creating 4K, 2K, and HD moving-image content for theatrical, television, and other high-resolution digital production markets. We look forward to continuing to serve these professionals with Canon Cinema EOS products designed to help them achieve their creative imperatives and commercial aspirations.”

All Canon Cinema EOS lenses integrate advanced materials and coatings to meet high optical performance levels, including 4K (4096 x 2160) production standards. Each Canon Cinema lens is equipped with an odd-numbered 11-blade aperture diaphragm, which is ideally suited to achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and pleasing “bokeh” effects of cinematographic quality. The Canon line of five Cinema prime lenses is precision-matched for consistent and solid optical performance that minimizes focus-induced changes in the angle of view. All feature a full-frame image circle in a lightweight, compact design, and they incorporate proven Canon lens elements designed to fulfill contemporary 4K production standards. All five primes also deliver color tone and balance that matches Canon’s top-end Cinema zooms and compact Cinema zooms. Canon Cinema prime lenses are also water-resistant for severe shooting conditions and deliver the operation and reliability required in professional film-style shooting environments.

All five Canon Cinema primes feature mechanical attributes specifically designed for motion-picture production, as opposed to still photography. These strategically integrated film-style characteristics include 300 degree rotation on the focus ring for precision focus control as well as large, highly visible engraved focus scales for convenient operation. These markings appear on the angled surfaces on both sides of the barrel, making them easy to both read and to adjust the stepless focus and/or aperture settings of the lenses from behind – or from either side – of the camera. Focus markings can be switched from standard labeling to metric, and control rings are engineered to maintain the proper amount of resistance with consistent operating torque and familiar tactile “feedback” for satisfying manual control. All Canon Cinema prime lenses also share the same uniform gear positions, diameters, and rotation angles, as well as front-lens diameters, making them compatible with matte boxes, follow focus gear, marking disks, and other third-party film-industry-standard accessories. Film crews can quickly change lenses without the need for accessory gear-position adjustments or other changes to the rig setup.

The new Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 and CN-E135mm T2.2 Cinema prime lenses – as well as the Canon CN-E24mm T1.5, CN-E50mm T1.3, and CN-E85mm T1.3 primes – are fully compatible with the Canon EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and EOS-1D C digital cinema cameras. The EF-mount design of all five Canon Cinema prime lenses provides communication with these cameras for such handy features as display of the ƒ number in the electronic viewfinder, recording of focus/zoom position and ƒ number, and Peripheral Light Compensationi for more pleasing effects shots.

The versatility of image-capture options using Canon EOS digital cinema cameras can be further extended with Canon’s Super35mm top-end Cinema zoom lenses (the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 wide-angle and the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 telephoto) and compact Cinema zooms (the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 wide-angle and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 telephoto). All four are available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, as are the EOS C500 and EOS C300 cameras. Almost all of Canon’s EF Series photographic lenses can also be used with these Cinema EOS cameras, including Image Stabilized zooms, tilt-shift models, and macro lenses. All of these products are designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling and all express Canon’s continuing commitment to cinematic culture.

Pricing and Availability

The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F single-focal-length lens is expected to be available in April 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,500. The CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lens is expected to be available in May 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200.

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so guys and gals,
who's going to be the first one out there to pre order one of these things?
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That's not the 135 I want! Where's the update to the 400/5.6!
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From what I understood looking at everything made for cinema, they're pretending to sell everything at 10-50 times more their price just because they think every person working for cinema is freaking rich.

Just think: how much would ever cost to produce such lenses? Think also at the other Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses with astronomical pricing, think at the bolts and knobs (which are just plain stupid pieces of metal) made by RED as accessories for their rigs, they're as expensive as if they were made out of solid gold...well they aren't!

At this point I really wonder how do these lenses compare with the new Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC, Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC which cost a fraction of that price (about $400-500), and we all know how spectacular is both the build and optical quality of Samyang lenses.
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I totally agree with you, canon think people are like mark and bill or warren
From what I understood looking at everything made for cinema, they're pretending to sell everything at 10-50 times more their price just because they think every person working for cinema is freaking rich.

Just think: how much would ever cost to produce such lenses? Think also at the other Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses with astronomical pricing, think at the bolts and knobs (which are just plain stupid pieces of metal) made by RED as accessories for their rigs, they're as expensive as if they were made out of solid gold...well they aren't!

At this point I really wonder how do these lenses compare with the new Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC, Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC which cost a fraction of that price (about $400-500), and we all know how spectacular is both the build and optical quality of Samyang lenses.
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From what I understood looking at everything made for cinema, they're pretending to sell everything at 10-50 times more their price just because they think every person working for cinema is freaking rich.

Just think: how much would ever cost to produce such lenses? Think also at the other Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses with astronomical pricing, think at the bolts and knobs (which are just plain stupid pieces of metal) made by RED as accessories for their rigs, they're as expensive as if they were made out of solid gold...well they aren't!

At this point I really wonder how do these lenses compare with the new Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC, Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC which cost a fraction of that price (about $400-500), and we all know how spectacular is both the build and optical quality of Samyang lenses.

It largely comes down to volume. Canon is not going to sell many of these lenses, even if they were priced much less. The market is small, so they have to spread development and production costs over far less customers. But yeah... they're crazy expensive.

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if you're truly in bussiness of making 4k video for commercial purposed (and what these lenses are for), it's relatively cheap.

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From what I understood looking at everything made for cinema, they're pretending to sell everything at 10-50 times more their price just because they think every person working for cinema is freaking rich.

Just think: how much would ever cost to produce such lenses? Think also at the other Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses with astronomical pricing, think at the bolts and knobs (which are just plain stupid pieces of metal) made by RED as accessories for their rigs, they're as expensive as if they were made out of solid gold...well they aren't!

At this point I really wonder how do these lenses compare with the new Samyang T1.5 35mm AS UMC, Samyang T1.5 24mm ED AS IF UMC, and Samyang T3.1 14mm ED AS IF UMC which cost a fraction of that price (about $400-500), and we all know how spectacular is both the build and optical quality of Samyang lenses.
As far as I know, cinema lenses have a different set of requirements, which makes development/manufacturing more expensive. Examples are the lens being parfocal and not having focus breathing.
You can read more here:http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/06/photo-lenses-for-video-there-is-no-free-lunch
I don't know if you also pay a premium just for the "cinema" tag in the name, but I don't think that would be the only reason for the significantly higher prices.

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Slightly more tongue in cheek L vs Cinema comparison:

http://blog.planet5d.com/2013/01/watch-this-lens-battle-canon-cinema-primes-vs-canon-l-series-by-jon-yi/

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The Canon Cine lenses are not targeted at Rebel owners shooting cute-cat videos to post to YouTube. Or C100 owners. The target audience is professional C300 and C500 users shooting high-end well paid work!

A Canon lens has a different look than a Cooke lens which has a different look than a Zeiss lens. Always use the right tool for the job! So renting not owning expensive Cine Lenses makes sence.


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From what I understood looking at everything made for cinema, they're pretending to sell everything at 10-50 times more their price just because they think every person working for cinema is freaking rich.


In critical work and where multiple people are involved, it costs less to use the Cinema lens series than it does to use non-Cinema and make the require corrections afterwards or during the shoot.

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I think it costs a lot more to design and manufacture these lenses than it does "L" series lenses.

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The price seems comparable to the Zeiss CP lenses, so if the quality is about the same, then they are technically competing at market prices.   I'm sure they won't sell as many of these as they do L lenses, so it seems like the price is justifiable.   As much as I wish it was lower...  Still with more players and buyers in the cinema lens market, it should slowly force the prices down.   There was a time when these optics were in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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These lenses' mount color gives a somewhat prestigious feeling to them.

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Yes! I am so glad that Canon finally announces the 14-24L and the 35L II. Two lenses that people have actually been waiting for!

Oh snap. Where's my reading glasses when I need them.

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