Canon announce a new 20mm prime lens for 4K cameras (CN-E20mm T1.5 L F)

CN-E20mm T1.5

CN-E20mm T1.5 L F at a glance:

  • Covers Full Frame & Super 35 Sensors
  • T1.5 Maximum Aperture
  • 11-Blade Iris
  • Breathing Minimized Virtually to Zero
  • Dual Focus Markings
  • Stepless 300° Focus Rotation
  • Standard Cine Gears
  • Same Gear Positions as Other CN-E Models
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Housing

The CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo.

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Expands EF Cinema Lens Lineup With New 20MM Prime Lens for 4K Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 28, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a new addition to the Cinema EOS System: the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens – a full-manual 20mm Cinema Prime Lens for EF Mount cameras. A popular focal length, the 20mm lens delivers exceptional optical performance in a compact form factor. With the introduction of this new lens, Canon further enhances its EF Cinema Lens family to meet a diverse range of cinematic and video-production needs, further contributing to the world of cinematography.

“As Canon continues to expand its reach in the cinema space, we are thrilled to introduce the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens, further expanding a robust line up of Cinema Prime lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new lens will provide users with an option in-between our 14mm and 24mm lenses, giving greater flexibility for their scene framing. Canon is excited to see the projects our users create with this lens and Canon Cinema cameras.”

The new CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens can provide 4K resolution from the center of the images to the periphery, providing high image quality for Canon cameras that feature full-frame sensors such as the new EOS C700 FF digital cinema camera. In addition, the 11-blade aperture diaphragm alongside a T number1 of 1.5 allows the lens to provide beautifully soft bokeh. Like all Canon Cinema Prime lenses, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens features warm, natural-looking tones, 300 degrees of focus ring rotation, and minimized focus breathing.

Since the launch of the Cinema EOS System and EF Cinema Lenses in November 2011, Canon has greatly expanded the EF Cinema Lens offerings. The lineup—which includes the Prime, Zoom, Compact Zoom, CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO series of lenses—has become very popular for a wide range of users. With the introduction of the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens, the lineup now boasts a total of 21 lens models. This expansive line of lenses provides cinematographers with even more options to choose from, which can support enhanced content creation for a variety of uses and shooting scenarios.

The CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens is scheduled to begin shipping in fall 2018. For more information please visit

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Save on Rokinon/Samyang lenses (Adorama)

Rokinon 50mm
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS M

Adorama has a promotion on Rokinon (aka Samyang aka Walimex) lenses going on.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

Save up to $170 on select Rokinon lenses (50mm f/1.2 & 20mm f/1.8)

Rokinon 50mm f/1.2
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2

Adorama has instant discounts on two Rokinon lenses. Expires 5/14.

Save $100 on the Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 Manual Focus Lens for EOS M mount — Sale Price $399 (includes Free Shipping and 2% Adorama rewards)

Save $170 on the Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Wide-Angle Lens for Canon EF/EF-S mountSale Price $429 (includes Free Shipping).

Rokinon 20mm f/1.8
Rokinon 20mm f/1.8

Rokinon 20mm T1.9 Cine DS Lens deal – $599 (reg. $799, today only)

  • 20mm Lens
  • 94.8° AOV, Full-Frame Coverage
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • Dual-Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • Clickless Aperture Ring
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings

B&H Photo’s DealZone deal of today is the Rokinon 20mm T1.9 Cine DS lens, on sale at $599. Compare at $799. Today only. Free shipping.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2.0 4.5X Super Macro Lens for FF DSLRs released

Mitakon 20mm

Chinese manufacturer ZY Optics announced the general availability of the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2.0 4.5X Super Macro Lens. The new Mitakon 20mm will come for Canon mounts (and other types too). Retail price is $199. Sample images can be viewed at ZY Optics’ site.

You can buy ZY Optics Mitakon lenses in the US: B&H Photo | Adorama

Press release:

Shenyang China, Dec 19, 2016 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new compact Super Macro Lens for full frame cameras, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens and it features a high reproduction ratio up to 4.5:1.

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is very compact in its class which allows photographers to capture extremely fine details or patterns with ease. The lens is capable of creating unbelievable macro images ranging from 4x to 4.5x magnification. Users no longer need to DIY or use any extension tubes to reach high magnification shooting. It incorporates a 6pcs of elements in 4 groups structure which delivers impressive resolution from corners to corners. Weighing merely 0.5 lbs (230g) and 6cm long, it is a perfect companion for wildlife and outdoor shooting. The wide angle of view and close focusing distance allows you to compose creative images with more information included into the frame. Greater magnification (up to 13:1) can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes or bellows. The high magnification is also extremely useful for scientific purposes.

The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts are available.

Pricing & Availability

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is now available to ship and purchase at ZY Optics authorized resellers and at our official website ( The Recommended Retail price is USD 199.

[via TDP]

These are the best primes and zooms for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, according to DxOMark

Eos-1dx Mark Ii

DxOmark posted a list of what they consider the best prime and zoom lenses to be used with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Surprisingly (or maybe not), the zoom lenses ranked first and second are not Canon.

  1. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART
  2. Tamron SP 15-30 mm F2.8 Di VC USD.
  3. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

The three best ranked prime lenses (recommended for photojournalists):

  1. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM
  2. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM
  3. Canon EF 24mm F1.4L II

What does it mean that third party manufacturers build lenses that are considered the best for Canon’s flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark II? It means that both Sigma ad Tamron made some significant advances in the last years and are now able to build lenses with outstanding optical performance and to sell them at a price that’s usually lower as the Canon counterparts.

eos-1d x mark ii

[via DxOMark: prime lenses | zoom lenses]