Canon has announced the launch of its new Sumire Prime lens series – a range of seven fast T-stop cinema prime lenses, all with an interchangeable PL mount, which can be modified to an EF mount.

The lenses will be on show at NAB.


The new lenses – CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X, CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X, CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X and CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X – are 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. 


Canon says the new lenses have a “newly designed cinematic look and unified warm colour tone” and feature a large diameter aspheric element and anomalous dispersion glass, offering a “delicate, velvety nuance when the aperture approaches its maximum setting during shooting.” 

Supporting an 11-blade iris, all the lenses feature precise manual control, “providing cinematographers with richer levels of rounded bokeh for better impression of subjects and softer rays of light”. Canon says that due to their large lens diameter, a brighter T-number is possible, making the lenses ideal for filming in challenging low light scenes – as well as capturing the scene with a distinctive shallow depth of field.  

The Sumire Prime lenses come with an interchangeable PL mount, which can be changed to an EF mount and back to PL and are compatible with Canon’s Cinema EOS Systemand other third-party cinema full-frame cameras. 

All seven prime lenses adopt the 0.8 pitch lens gears for both iris and focus rings and are positioned consistently on the lens. The lenses have the same front diameter, eliminating the need to adjust rigging accessories when replacing lenses. All lenses also have carefully developed focus resistance – enabling delicate focus adjustments which can be made over a 300-degree rotation angle. 

Stephen Hart Dyke, Professional Imaging Product Marketing Manager, Canon Europe, commented: “Rising competition in the cinema market and growing viewer demand for quality content has resulted in cinematographers facing increasing pressure to push their creative boundaries. As a result, there’s a growing trend and demand for large 35mm full-frame sensor cameras and fast primes which can achieve a more dramatic look and higher image quality – features which make productions stand out. However, the choice of 35mm full-frame cinema lenses is still relatively limited, which is where the Sumire Prime lenses now offer professional filmmakers additional choice, flexibility and consistency in their shooting, whilst allowing them to personalise their craft and enhance their creative vision with the hotly demanded ’cinematic look’.”

Canon’s list of key features for the Sumire Prime series:

·         Compact Cine Primes with a new creative cinematic look

·         Interchangeable PL mount with full-frame coverage

·         Same unified colour tone as the Cinema Lens range 

·         Bright T-number and an 11-blade iris 

·         Reduced focus breathing

·         300-degree focus rotation

·         Consistent filter diameter and gear positioning 

Staff Reporter

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