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Canon launches RF mount Cinema Prime lenses with series of seven models for Cinema EOS System

Canon’s first cinema lenses equipped with its RF mount1

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – 12 September 2023: Canon New Zealand today announces the introduction of a new series of RF mount Cinema Prime lenses, building upon the existing portfolio of EF mount CN-E Primes and PL mount Sumire Primes. The seven new lenses, Canon’s first cinema lenses equipped with its RF mount, combine optical performance and cinema-style operability to meet the needs of professional video production such as dramas, documentaries, music videos and other large productions.

CN-R14mm T3.1 L F
CN-R20mm T1.5 L F
CN-R24mm T1.5 L F
CN-R35mm T1.5 L F
CN-R50mm T1.3 L F
CN-R85mm T1.3 L F
CN-R135mm T2.2 L F

RF Cinema lenses

The native RF mount offers high speed communication between the lens and camera body, with the enhanced design allowing for a more stable and comfortable experience when operating2.

The lenses are compatible with the EOS C70 (released in November 2020) and EOS R5 C3 (released in March 2022) RF Cinema cameras. Fully compatible with the transmission protocol of the RF mount, and as with EF mount Prime series lenses, operators can control magnification, chromatic aberration correction, peripheral light correction, and a dual pixel focus guide via camera body operations. In addition to these functions, the new lenses feature distortion aberration correction4. These features support efficient video production not only during on-location recording but also post-shoot editing.

The new lenses achieve exceptional optical performance, excellent colour reproduction and are suitable for use with 4K and 8K cameras – optimally positioning large-diameter aspherical lens elements and lens elements with anomalous dispersion glass. Their compatibility with the full-frame large-format sensor, bright T-stop values5, and the use of 11 aperture blades allow for a shallow depth of field for subjects, natural round blurring, and soft image expressions. In addition, since the colour balance is unified throughout the series, adjusting colour tones when changing lenses while shooting the same scene can be done with ease.

With precise adjusting of the operation ring, the new lenses allow smooth and accurate adjustments that are required for cinema shooting. In addition, due to the unified design across the series, including the gear position of the operation ring, the diameter of the lens and the rotation angle (operation angle), the lens can be exchanged smoothly without the need to adjust the mounting position of the matte box or external follow focus accessories for each model6. A new knurled surface near the mount provides a comfortable fit in the user’s hand, allowing the lens to be held securely without gripping the operation ring when attaching and detaching different lenses.

Key features of the RF mount Cinema Prime lenses:
• Genuine RF mount for stable operation without a converter
• High speed lens communication offering advanced metadata support from the lens to camera
• Geared rings offer greater control via hand operation and third party follow focus accessories
• High optical performance and high image quality for 4K, 8K and HDR productions
• T-stops up to T1.3 with broad focal lengths covering ultra-wide to telephoto
• Minimal focus breathing
• 11-blade iris for cinematic bokeh and softly diffused highlights

Pricing for the lenses will be set at dealers’ discretion closer to availability in New Zealand:

Model Available in New Zealand
CN-R14mm T3.1 L F March 2024
CN-R20mm T1.5 L F April 2024
CN-R24mm T1.5 L F February 2024
CN-R35mm T1.5 L F February 2024
CN-R50mm T1.3 L F February 2024
CN-R85mm T1.3 L F February 2024
CN-R135mm T2.2 L F May 2024

1 First release of Canon’s Cinema lens range on the RF mount system.

2 Using the RF lens mount removes the need for a mount adaptor on RF cameras. This makes the lens and camera combination more compact and lighter in weight

3 Performance guaranteed in VIDEO mode, when used with EOS R5 C.

4 New distortion aberration correction feature only available on EOS C70 and EOS R5C (in Movie mode) from launch.

5 The brightness of a cinema lens is generally expressed as a T value, which is obtained by additionally reflecting the transmittance of the glass to the F value.

6 Both matte box and follow focus accessories are sold separately.

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