Canon just announced a new series of seven prime lenses on the NAB - the Canon Sumire.
Now Canon not only offers Cinema Lenses with EF mount but also with PL mount. The new Lenses come with a PL mount and can be modificated to EF mount (and back to PL) by Canon Service & Repair Centre or Authorised Service Partners. Like their original series of Cinema Prime lenses, Canon kept the Sumire with having a fast T stop value.
The Canon Sumire Prime Lens introduces a unique optical design with a nuanced look as the lens aperture approaches its maximum setting – subtly modifying the textural renderings of the human facial close-up. It also smooths the transition to the fall-off portions of the scene resulting in pleasing bokeh.
The Canon Sumire will be compatible with any PL mount cinema cameras equipped with either a 35mm full-frame format sensor or a Super 35mm format sensor, including selective Cinema EOS cameras like the EOS C700 FF camera. All the lenses feature an 11-blade iris, are color balanced across the lineup and have the same minimized focus breathing as Canon's EF mount cinema prime lenses. In addition to this, the lenses have the same front diameter (114mm) which also support 105mm screw-on filters. Focus adjusments can be made over a 300-degree rotation angle.
Unified Warm Color Balance within Canon Cinema Lenses
Canon’s color science has become highly refined over generations of lens designs, paying the closest attention to a pleasing skin tone reproduction. The Sumire Prime CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X can be used interchangeably with other Canon Cinema lenses during the same production since they all have the same warm color characteristics — making it easier to maintain consistent color when multiple lenses are used.
Minimized Focus Breathing
The lens has been designed to minimize variations in the angle of view while focusing, a phenomenon known as focus breathing. This feature is extremely important while focus pulling, where changes in the angle of view due to focus breathing could become apparent to the viewer.
Outstanding Operability & Reliability
Designed to meet the needs of professional cinematographers, the Sumire Prime CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X features a unified front diameter (114mm), rotation angle (300°) and gear position on the focus and iris rings (making lens switching quick and convenient) across our entire Sumire Prime Lens series. The control rings work to maintain the right amount of resistance and operating torque in order to help provide the camera operator or assistant with a consistent feel and predictable lens operation. In addition, matte boxes and accessories can be used even after switching lenses.
Visible Distance Indicators
Distance indicators are displayed on both sides of the lens. To improve visibility in nighttime and dark area shooting, indicator markings with phosphorescent paint have been adopted for the front barrel (for right-side viewing).
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