Canon Inc. today has unveiled plans to produce a 35mm cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras using Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers. The 35mm cinema prime lens will be the newest addition to Canon’s line of 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm EF-mount Cinema prime lenses. It will be the 6th in the line, offering an optical alternative between the 24mm and 50mm models. The 35mm lens currently under development will be capable of 4k optical performance and will have the professional operability of the current CN-E prime lens line.
Cinema prime lenses form part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products. A prototype of the 35mm cinema lens will be made public at the Canon booth #C4325 at the forthcoming 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, on April 8-11, 2013. The launch date for the lens is anticipated sometime 2014.
“Canon is committed to supporting cinematic culture and the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling at all levels,” declared Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Every Canon Cinema lens has an 11-blade aperture diaphragm, ideal for achieving depth-of-field and the “bokeh” effects. Each lens is precision-matched for consistent and solid optical performance to accomplish current 4K production values. Each Canon Cinema prime lens achieves color tone and balance up to par with Canon’s top of the line Cinema zooms and compact Cinema zooms. Canon Cinema prime lenses withstand professional film-style shooting demands. Motion-picture style mechanical features of Canon’s series of Cinema prime lenses are a main advantage. These include a 300-degree rotation on the focus ring, and large and highly visible engraved focus scales. The Canon brand is favored consistently by both enthusiasts and professionals in the visual arts.