26 January 2021
Bolstering its cinematography offering, 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. With their newly designed cinematic look and unified warm colour tone, these prime lenses are designed to enhance creativity and operability in the cinema industry. The Sumire Prime series enters the market as cinematographers aim to meet increasing demands for high-quality content with a more creative, personal and expressive feel.
Built with Canon’s heritage of optical excellence at the forefront, the seven prime lenses offer new imaging capabilities for those working in the cinema industry. Devoted to detail, they feature a large diameter aspheric element and anomalous dispersion glass, offering a delicate, velvety nuance when the aperture approaches its maximum setting during shooting. This unique optical design results in solid and natural image rendering, bringing impressive image quality and warmer tones to cinema productions. 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 – perfect for creating intimate shots that direct the viewer’s attention to specific details. Thanks to their large lens diameter, a brighter T-number is possible, making these lenses an ideal choice for filming in challenging low light scenes – as well as capturing the scene with a distinctive shallow depth of field – when ambience and atmosphere is essential.
The option of PL mount offers widespread compatibility options for professional filmmakers using full-frame and Super 35mm cameras – responding to the needs of the industry, shooting anything from drama productions to high-end cinema, either in studio or on location.
The Sumire Prime series lenses inherit the same subtle, warm colour tone as Canon’s full Cinema lens range. Such compatibility makes it easier for cinematographers to interchange lenses on a production without affecting colour tone. Whilst shooting on busy sets, this unity reduces the need for time-extensive post-grading, ensuring consistency across shots – no matter what lens is used. All seven prime lenses adopt the 0.8 pitch lens gears for both iris and focus rings and are positioned consistently on the lens. In addition to this, 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 and fine focus adjustments which can be made over a 300-degree rotation angle. Cinematographers can rely on dependable framing when composing shots as the lenses control focus breathing, combating the perspective variation that sometimes arises when refocusing to another subject.
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’.”
You can hire the full set of Canon Sumire PL Prime Cinema Lenses, HERE.