For NAB Show 2019, Canon had an announcement of some very special and necessary lenses. In response to filmmakers and cinematographers looking for Canon glass with a PL mount, the camera manufacturer introduced its first set of seven cinema prime PL-mount lenses. According to the company, the lenses are “aptly named Sumire Primes. Pronounced ‘Soo-mee-ray,’ the word is of Japanese origin and is associated with a floral gentleness and beauty.” In fact, one of Canon’s product managers felt as if he was describing the qualities of a fine white wine when talking about the new Sumire lenses, particularly when they were opened up very wide, but essentially, the lenses have some intriguing characteristics in their smooth bokeh when opened up wide.
There are seven new Sumire lenses:
- CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X
- CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X
- CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X
- CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X
- CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X
- CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X
- CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X
According to Canon, all Sumire Prime lenses feature an 11-bladed iris and bright T-stops “that allow users to capture images that feature a more natural circular-like bokeh from both maximum to minimum aperture.” Canon also said the lenses “feature the same outstanding operability and reduced focus breathing as Canon’s well-established EF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses.” And while there’s a lot of powerful optics happening inside the camera, Canon also made sure to include practical features. For instance, some of the indicators on the lens rings have markings that will glow in the dark, which can be handy in very dim lighting situations.
Canon says the Sumire Prime Lenses “are compatible with the complete lineup of Canon Cinema EOS full-frame and Super 35mm 4K cameras, including the EOS C700 FF, EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C200. In addition to Canon cameras, the new lenses are also compatible with the latest full-frame and Super 35mm PL-mount cameras from leading manufacturers. Additionally, the mount on the Sumire Prime Lenses is interchangeable and can be converted from PL-Mount to EF-Mount at a Canon Factory Service & Repair center.”
Each of the seven lenses is priced the same: $7,410. The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X and CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Summer 2019. The Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X lens is scheduled to be available in Fall 2019. The Canon CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X and CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Winter 2019/Spring 2020.
For more information about Canon’s new Sumire cine lenses, go to usa.canon.com/cinemalenses.
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