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Canon U.S.A. Launches Compact Cinema Zoom Lenses for Professional Digital Photography

Debuted at NAB 2012, Canon U.S.A.’s two new lightweight and handheld cinema zoom lenses in EF- as well as PL-mount versions now complement the Canon Cinema EOS product line.

The new additions are called CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens. Both deliver maximum optical performance for the new large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. The compact configuration of the lenses ensures handheld and Steadicam shooting and can extend to a broad range of focal lengths.

Each lens is being offered in both EF- mount (with the letter “S”) and PL-mount (with the letters “SP”) configurations.

The CN-E15.5–47mm T2.8 L S/SP and the CN-E30–105mm T2.8 L S/SP include the following features:

  • High optical performance supporting adoption with 4K-resolution cameras: each lens includes a 11-blade aperture diaphragm for vibrant blur features, compatible with 4K (4096 x 2160 px) production standards, available as a T-number of 2.8, supports adoption with APS-C-size sensors and super 35 mm-equivalent image format, and minimizes ghosting and flare.
  • Broad focal-length coverage in spite of small, lightweight design; wide-angle and telephoto zoom lenses integrated as a set ensure a wide focal length range coverage from 15.5 mm (wide-angle end) to 105 mm (telephoto end). Compact confirmation weighing 2.2 kg. Long focal length at the telephoto end allows magnification of scenes captured from a distance.
  • High operability: Appearance of zoom, focus and iris markings on angled surfaces allows enhanced readability from behind the camera; removal of the cover ring allows flange-back adjustment; focus rotation angle of 300 degrees brings accurate focusing performance to the lens; and uniform gear positions and unified front lens diameter support adjustments.
  • Functionality for improved shooting convenience: By integrating with Cinema EOS System cameras, the EF-mount version lenses allow lens-camera communication, regulating the shooting conditions. A future camera firmware update ensures automatic image correction. The new lenses can be adopted with matte boxes and other components employed in motion picture production. Each lens provides a reduced minimum object distance of 0.6 m for the CN-E30–105mm T2.8 L S/SP and 0.5 m for the CN-E15.5–47mm T2.8 L S/SP, enabling shooting in limited-space settings.

The Canon CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens will be available in November 2012 and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens during January 2013.

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