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Canon adds CN-E-15.5-47mm and 35-105mm T2.8 L cinema zoom lenses

By dpreview staff on Apr 12, 2012 at 16:55 GMT

Alongside its 4K camera announcements, Canon has also announced two extra Cinema Zoom lenses in both PL and EF mounts. The wideangle CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S and telephoto CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S are the EF mount versions, with SP suffixes denoting the PL mount versions. Both cover the Super 35mm format and are designed to be lightweight for handheld shooting.


Press Release:

Canon to expand EF Cinema Lens series with four compact, lighter, low-cost 4k models

CN-E-15.5-47mm T2.8 L S - DEVELOPMENT PROTOTYPE

London, UK, 12 April 2012 – Canon today announces the development of four new digital cinematography zoom lenses, as the company expands its EF Cinema Lens range to provide greater creative options for video professionals. Joining the seven high-end lenses announced in 2011, the new models support 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolutions and will be smaller, lighter and more compact – offering outstanding mobility and quality. Available with both EF and PL mounts, the lenses will also be available at competitive prices, offering premium performance to a wider range of users.

The expanded EF Cinema Lens series will include two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), alongside two telephoto cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL). Ideal for use with next-generation 4K cinema cameras, the new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories.

In addition to compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, the four cinema zoom lenses will also offer superior flexibility. Each lens will feature a compact, lightweight body supporting a wide focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting. Combined with the Canon’s existing high-end EF Cinema primes, the new lenses will offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for video professionals of all types.

Prototypes of the new cinema zoom lenses will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16 to 19 in Las Vegas, USA.

CN-E-30-150mm T2.8 L S - DEVELOPMENT PROTOTYPE

Comments

Total comments: 26
aris14
By aris14 (Apr 14, 2012)

Τime for DPreview to create sections...
Amateur, Enthusiast, Entry Level, Educational (!), Semi pro, pro ....
Photography, Cinematography...
Lenses, Printers, Various...
With serious sub sections under each one of the above...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 15, 2012)

We also need a separate "Canon announcements about them starting product development on something or the other" category.

These used to be known as "internal memos." With Canon, they are now weekly "press releases."

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Nectar D Or
By Nectar D Or (Apr 15, 2012)

I have seen many lens roadmap announcements before, by various brands.
I believe customers find it convenient to know what products they should expect in the future.
Judging by Mr Carver's multiple comments on the latest Canon pro-video announcement there isn't a chance in the world he is going to become a pro-cinema Canon customer, so I don't really see the point in ranting.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 13, 2012)

"Canon today announces the development of four new digital cinematography zoom lenses."

Canon missed the chance to announce first that there will be an announcement coming out about an announced development start of something/somewhere/who knows when?

But even if these "announced" lenses ever get to be "developed," then actually made, and then actually sold, chances are nobody is going to be foolish enough to actually buy any of these "Canon Cinema" lenses with EF-mount. What were they thinking?

Re. getting them in Arri PL-mount, these focal distances are already fully covered by Angenieux, Fujinon, and C. Zeiss, so Canon has to break in there with prices lower than anyone else already serving this segment. When it comes to cinema lenses, Canon has no track record.

http://www.abelcine.com/store/Angenieux-Optimo-Rouge-16-42mm-T2.8-zoom/

http://www.abelcine.com/store/Angenieux-Optimo-Rouge-30-80mm-T2.8-Lens/

http://www.abelcine.com/store/Angenieux-Optimo-45-120mm-T2.8-Zoom/

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GrumpyDiver
By GrumpyDiver (Apr 15, 2012)

Really? Canon has been in the high end video lens (and camera) business for years. They are offering them in the PL mount to, and I suspect with the "convergence" of still and video, at least in some areas like photojournalism, they appear to be trying to build a market niche.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/lenses/broadcast_lenses/pro_video_lenses

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Apr 13, 2012)

Does DPR has capability to do a full review of these lenses?

If DPR conducts a full review of these lenses, I suggest to include the reference customers who are using these lenses. This is important for the potential customers of such professional lenses to know in advance who are using it and get relevant comments from them before they make the decision to buy it (or rent it). Well, although you might say the potential customers will know that when they call the Canon's sales representative to their office...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 13, 2012)

Anybody can use them freely, provided that they have the needed $22,000 to $25,000 that one of these zooms will cost, at a minimum.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Apr 12, 2012)

Canon products would probably get more exposure when they wouldn't announce all their news on the same day. And now for the review of the 5d mkIII
everybody has been waiting for. (and waiting and waiting).

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 13, 2012)

The 5D III was announced just over a month ago and it was a couple of weeks after that, that production units started to become available. A review is being worked on but, particularly for a camera this complex, takes time.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Apr 13, 2012)

That doesn't mean we're not waiting ;)

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jcuknz
By jcuknz (Apr 16, 2012)

I'm not :-)

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Apr 12, 2012)

Will this signalize that Canon will launch a more affordable camcorder too? There is a huge difference in what Canon and their consumers consider affordable.

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Mike Griffin
By Mike Griffin (Apr 12, 2012)

I've had two Canon consumer grade camcorders and they were both crap

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 13, 2012)

Canon will be pushing their XF-series camcorders at next week's NAB Show hard.

You know... Motion JPEG codec, 4:2:0 and 8-bit, fixed lens, 1/3-inch mini sensor, etc. What's not to like, right?

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plasnu
By plasnu (Apr 12, 2012)

Only thing Canon can do now is to promote their "future" products. The problem is Canon's competitors will release better products for less price by the time Canon actually release those products.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Apr 12, 2012)

your telling bull.... and why do you care?
you don´t have enough money to buy it anyway!

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Apr 13, 2012)

plasnu,

Can you quote any case to support your observations ???

Now, we are talking about the Zoom lenses for movie productions... are you talking Angenieux, Cooke, C.Zeiss or Panavision ???

Please don't quote the irrelevant non-professional lenses for DSLR.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 13, 2012)

These same basic focal length cine zooms just announced by Canon already exists from Angenieux... and from Fujinon... and from C. Zeiss. For quite some time now, 2-3-4 years.

What will Canon bring here to the table that the present-day players do not have? I can't think of anything, so Canon will have to be the loss leader, selling theirs for less dough than the existing market segment occupants.

Angenieux, Fuji, and Zeiss do not have to make announcements about starting development of their lenses.... they already have them for sale, today. Sorry, Canon.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Apr 12, 2012)

The press release says these lenses are lighter, smaller (not to mention more compact – don't forget that!), and low-cost, but fails to provide dimensions, weights, or prices.

Classic vapourware.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Apr 12, 2012)

yeah because canon is well known for announcing vapor ware.. you clown.

what canon announces they will deliver.. maybe with a delay but they will.

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DarkShift
By DarkShift (Apr 12, 2012)

@Henry M. Hertz

Like the announced two stop noise improvement of 5D mkIII vs mkII? Which in reality that turned out to be about 1/2 stop.

They didn't deliver in what they claimed as I see it.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Apr 12, 2012)

Canon has a fine reputation – recently cemented – of announcing products long before they're available. They typically extract half a dozen press releases out of a product before the hapless thing ships.

This particular press release is empty of useful information, as far as I can tell. We haven't got a clue how much the lenses will cost or what they'll weigh.

And if they're available before 2013 I'll be amazed.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 13, 2012)

2013 sounds right.

Regarding the prices, let's just say that almost totally identical PL-mount zooms (similar focal range and T-stop) from Angenieux, Fujinon, and Zeiss are in the $22,000 to low $30,000s price range.

None of these Canon zooms will come in at under 20 grand, guaranteed. If anything, they may overprice the existing lens makers, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 12, 2012)

Your title is wrong. Should be "CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S and telephoto CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S" and not "CN-E-15.5-70mm and 35-105mm T2.8 L cinema zoom lenses".

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Josh Hays
By Josh Hays (Apr 12, 2012)

Thanks, corrected.

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 12, 2012)

omg

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