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Canon announces development of 35mm Cinema EOS prime lens

By dpreview staff on Apr 3, 2013 at 18:29 GMT

NAB 2013: Canon has announced the development of a 35mm prime lens in its Cinema EOS range. It is designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and includes a range of features optimized for movie shooting. The company has not finalized its specifications and pricing, but says it will release further details in due course. However as the Cinema EOS primes offer T-stops that correlate closely with existing L-series primes, it seems likely the 35mm will be approximately T1.5, and of course use the EF mount.

The company has also announced firmware updates for its Canon EOS C500, C300 and C100 Cinema video cameras. The latest firmware versions can be downloaded via this link.

Press Release:


MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 – Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a 35mm cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers. The 35mm cinema prime lens will look to join Canon’s line of 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm EF-mount Cinema prime lenses. The 35mm cinema lens in development will look to become the sixth in the line, filling a strategic optical need between Canon’s 24mm and 50mm lens offerings. As with Canon’s precision-matched, competitively priced CN-E prime lenses, the 35mm lens under development will look to deliver 4K optical performance and inherit the professional operability of the existing CN-E prime lens line.

Canon Cinema prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, which also include the EOS C500 4K/2K Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C100 Digital Video Camera, EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses. A development sample of the 35mm cinema lens will be on display in the Canon booth #C4325 during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, April 8-11, 2013, and the lens itself is currently expected to officially launch sometime this year.'

Canon is committed to supporting cinematic culture and the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling at all levels,' affirmed Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. 'During the past 18 months, Canon has brought our Cinema EOS product line to market, and in that time we have introduced HD, 2K, and 4K cameras, lenses and workflow solutions, as well as structured a comprehensive service and support network for professionals in the theatrical motion picture and television markets to enable customers to create and deliver exceptional imaging content and cinematic brilliance.'

Current Canon Cinema Lens Lineup
Each current Canon Cinema lens is equipped with an 11-blade aperture diaphragm, which is ideally suited to help achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and pleasing “bokeh” effects. The Canon line of Cinema prime lenses is precision-matched for consistent and solid optical performance throughout the line, and the inner focus mechanism helps minimize 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 Canon Cinema primes also deliver color tone and balance that matches Canon’s top-end Cinema zooms and compact Cinema zooms. Canon Cinema prime lenses deliver the operation and reliability required in professional film-style shooting environments.

All Canon Cinema prime lenses 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 Canon Cinema prime lenses provides communication with these cameras for such handy features as display of the f number in the electronic viewfinder, recording of focus/zoom position and f number, and, later this year, Peripheral Light Compensation*1.

Strategically integrated motion-picture style mechanical attributes (as opposed to those for still photography lenses) are also an important design feature of Canon’s series of Cinema prime lenses. These 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 read and to adjust the “stepless” focus and/or aperture settings of the lenses from behind or from either side of the camera for camera operators or focus pullers. 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 of Canon’s current Cinema prime lenses also share the same uniform gear positions, diameters, and rotation angles, as well as front-lens diameters, making them compatible with a wide variety of 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 versatility of image-capture options using Canon EOS digital cinema cameras can be further extended with Canon’s 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 Zoom lenses (the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 wide-angle and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 telephoto). All four lenses are available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, and the mount can be switched at a Canon service facility in the United States for added flexibility. Almost all of Canon’s EF Series photographic lenses can also be used with these Cinema EOS cameras, including Image Stabilized zoom, tilt-shift, and macro lenses.

*1 Peripheral Light Compensation is expected to be available within 2013 and will require a firmware upgrade for compatible cameras.


Total comments: 21
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 8, 2013)

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By Octane (Apr 6, 2013)

Canon has decided to make more lenses. Now that's something...

By yabokkie (Apr 4, 2013)

this is meaningless for most of us.

will be more interested in Canon M22/2 vs Sony E24/1.8.

By DerpyWebber (Apr 5, 2013)

If it's meaningless for you, why'd you bother not only clicking through, but commenting on it?

By yabokkie (Apr 6, 2013)

your comment is very smart.

Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Apr 4, 2013)

I wonder how that 400mm f/2.8L IS II would work with a Metabones Speed Booster ;)

By shaocaholica (Apr 3, 2013)

Its Canon, its a lens, it projects an image. Get over the fact its a niche product not intended for stills.

Computer review sites run news about super computers and car review sites run news about million dollar super cars.

By CameraLabTester (Apr 3, 2013)


Where am I?


I thought I was in DCR! Sorry...

Digital Cinematic Review...


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By Howard (Apr 3, 2013)

How exciting ... NOT!

Teila Day
By Teila Day (Apr 4, 2013)

Exciting to others on this site who think video is the future, especially when it comes to paid work hands down because it's still too collectively expensive & time consuming (equipment, software, editing knowledge) for most people to try to make money with it.

Since there are many on this site who use their Canons for stills in conjunction with video when they're actually working to get paid, the lenses are relevant. I for one like hearing about them and any new tech along those lines.

So while it may not be exiting enough for my panties to soaked, it's relevant enough for me to want to read about it.

By Howard (Apr 4, 2013)

These are not for your garden variety "videos"; these are very expensive cinema equipment. Have you checked out the price tag? :-)

Teila Day
By Teila Day (Apr 8, 2013)

Actually the price seems like not-so-high priced cinema equipment, but that's beside the point. People pay over $10k for a Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux to use non professionally, and over $13k for a Canon 800mm lens to shoot birds in their spare time, so spending $5k for a "cinema" lens isn't exactly breaking the bank for many people interested in the lens.

And for those who were in the market for a fast 50mm lens anyway, they effectively get a $2,000 discount when opting for the cinema lens since they were going to be out that anyway. ;)

By tkbslc (Apr 3, 2013)

Most on this forum would probably prefer to see an affordable EF-S 35mm.

By ///M (Apr 3, 2013)

WOW, Canon can spend all this R&D on matched cinema lenses (which will likely be only sold to rental houses) for this niche market, but can't come up with a viable mirrorless camera with compact lenses, really? 1/2 of the DSLR sales in Japan are mirrorless cameras, it does not matter how small the crop sensor bodies get, they are still big and bulky compared to the micro 4/3 and other systems.

By tkbslc (Apr 3, 2013)

1/2 of the DSLR sales are mirrorless? That makes no sense.

By Dianoda (Apr 3, 2013)

I just want to know where the 35L II is. And isn't Japan the one country where EOS M sales were/are actually pretty good?

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By carlosdelbianco (Apr 3, 2013)

The problem is not failing on developing mirroless cameras, the real problem is that they are failing in developing new lenses and new DSLRs as well - with some exceptions, of course. Good thing they still have compacts' and video market...

By howardroark (Apr 3, 2013)

Yeah, Canon is such a small company they can only do one thing at a time and they're wasting their money on this?!!! Hey Canon, quit making cinema lenses,cinema cameras,consumer printers,camcorders,industrial printing presses,industrial scanning hardware,actuators,motors,equipment used in the manufacturing of integrated circuits and hard drives, projectors, medical equipment,DSLR's,consumer digital point and shoots,scores of lenses,and countless other products and concentrate all of your efforts on making this guy the best ILC ever invented. In fact, don't even make all those other cameras once you have it done. We know you're stretched thin having so little money and resources to put towards all that other junk.
Canon's failure is not keeping pace with the rapidly diminishing attention span of so many bored "photographers" that would rather berate Canon than go find the camera that suits them. Successful companies figure out what people don't even know they want yet. It takes time.

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By jackpro (Apr 3, 2013)

The video industry is a huge untapped market for Canon DSLR is declining as mirrorless rises. I think Canon as usual knows exactly where the money is.

By oselimg (Apr 4, 2013)

@howardoark...If I may ad to your comments that the "bored photograpers" are excited by new gear specs, and new gear news only. They lack talent in such extend if a camera in all auto setting doesn't get the picture they imagine they move on to the next model and back to pixel peeping.

By ryanshoots (Apr 5, 2013)

Quit complaining. There is always Zeiss when you need a good lens for your stills camera.

Canon sees a large future market and is establishing itself. They are well diversified and this will only improve that. That's not a bad thing.

The MRI I had a couple years ago was from Canon. I didn't bitch that it was specialty stuff that I could never hope to afford.

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