Ahead of NAB Show 2019, Canon has officially announced the Sumire Prime collection, a set of seven Canon cinema lenses that use the PL-mount. All these lenses in the collection feature an 11-bladed iris and feature the same minimized focus breathing as Canon’s EF-mount cinema prime lenses. All these lenses can be pre-order online at B&H Photo Video/Adorama.
The new set of seven Canon Sumire Prime Cinema Lenses include the following:
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 14mm T3.1 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 20mm T1.5 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 24mm T1.5 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 35mm T1.5 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 50mm T1.3 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 85mm T1.3 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
- Canon SUMIRE PRIME CN-E 135mm T2.2 FP X (PL Mount) Lens
The Canon CN-E 24mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E 35mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E 50mm T1.3 FP X and CN-E 85mm T1.3 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Summer 2019. The Canon CN-E 14mm T3.1 FP X lens is scheduled to be available in Fall 2019. The Canon CN-E 20mm T1.5 FP X and CN-E 135mm T2.2 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Winter 2019/Spring 2020.
All Sumire Prime lenses feature an 11-bladed iris and bright T-stops that allow users to capture images that feature a more natural circular-like bokeh from both maximum to minimum aperture. The use of an odd number of iris blades also helps to diffuse light rays and produce what is generally considered a more sought after, artistically pleasing and cinematic look with warmer colors. The lenses also achieve uniform color balance throughout the lineup, helping to reduce the need for post grading, even when a production is frequently changing lenses.
The highly durable Sumire Prime lenses feature the same outstanding operability and reduced focus breathing as Canon’s well-established EF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses. Manual operation provides users with the resistance they desire to make precise changes in focus. A 300-degree focus rotation angle and gear position is consistent across the entire Sumire Prime series of lenses – eliminating the need to adjust gear positions when changing lenses.
“The new Sumire Prime lenses are the perfect blend of science and art,” says cinematographer Matt Porwoll, who shot the first U.S. footage with the lenses. “The bokeh comes alive in ways that weren’t occurring with other lenses I’ve used. Lens flares have a dynamic feel to them, rather than behaving in a formulaic manner. I wish I had these on my last project!”
The Sumire Prime Lenses are compatible with the complete lineup of Canon Cinema EOS full-frame and Super 35mm 4K cameras, including the EOS C700 FF, EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C200. In addition to Canon cameras, the new lenses are also compatible with the latest full-frame and Super 35mm PL-mount cameras from leading manufacturers. Additionally, the mount on the Sumire Prime Lenses is interchangeable and can be converted from PL-Mount to EF-Mount at a Canon Factory Service & Repair center. A Canon representative will be able to perform the service or even revert back to original PL-mount upon request at an additional cost*.