These Two Canon EOS Cinema Cameras Might Get Announced In 2023

Cinema EOS C200

New week, new rumor. Canon might announce two new EOS Cinema cameras in 2023, the Canon Cinema EOS C200 Mark II and Canon Cinema EOS C700 Mark II.

According to the source, the Canon Cinema EOS C200 Mark II might come ahead of NAB 2023, and a new C700 series camera before IBC 2023 in September. These are the rumored specifications:

Canon Cinema EOS C200 Mark II

  • Same Super 35 4K DGO sensor as the C70 / C300 Mark III
  • RF mount
  • 4K up to 120 frames
  • Cinema RAW Light, XF-AVC and MP4 recording options
  • 2x SD UHS-II V90 media slots
  • A modular box design, somewhat similar of the Panasonic BS1H camera
  • HDMI Type A and 12G-SDI outputs
  • The multi-function hot shoe is included for an external XLR module

Canon Cinema EOS C700 Mark II

  • User swappable sensors with two offerings at launch: a Super 35 5K Global Shutter sensor and a Full Frame 8K DGO Rolling Shutter sensor
  • Both sensor blocks are equipped with a direct RF mount, which can be topped by an EF or LPL mount without the need to remove the RF mount (the whole mount can be assembled on top of the RF mount and mounted to the camera, like Sony did with the VENICE 2)
  • Introduction of two new gamma curves: Canon Log 4, designed for HDR productions; and Wide DR Cine, designed for cinematic colors straight out of camera
  • 2x CFExpress Type B cards and 1x SD card media slots
  • This will be the most CODEC heavy from Canon: XF-AVC, ProRes and Cinema RAW Light can be recorded internally; BRAW and ProRes RAW externally with the Blackmagic VideoAssist and Atomos Ninja+; Cinema RAW with the Codex CDX-36150; and a new module/recorder developed in partnership with RED Digital Cinema to record REDCODE to a proprietary media
  • 4x SDI outputs for different monitoring workflows
  • Camera design is somewhat closer to the C300 Mark III/C500 Mark II design, although a little bit bigger to acomodate the extra I/O terminals
  • This camera prototype is already out on the field being tested

Source: Canon Rumors

Venus Optics Announced Two Laowa Cinema Lenses (100mm Macro & 65mm Macro)

Laowa

Venus Optics announced two new Laowa lenses for Cinema applications, Laowa 65mm T2.9 2X Macro APO Cine (Super 35)
Laowa 100mm T2.9 2X Ultra Macro APO Cine (Full Frame)
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Learn more with the video below.

Venus Optics press release:

Anhui China, 6 October, 2022 – Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer that has been endeavouring to invent unique lenses, is now releasing 2 new cine macro lenses: 

1) Laowa 65mm T2.9 2X Macro APO Cine (Super 35) – Fujifilm X / Sony E/ / Nikon Z / Canon EF-M

2) Laowa 100mm T2.9 2X Ultra Macro APO Cine (Full Frame) – PL / Sony E / Canon EF / Canon RF / L mount

The 2 lenses offer up to an exceptional 2X magnification which can barely be found on the market. Providing cinematographers higher flexibility in shooting subjects of different sizes. With an APO design, the lenses render quality images without chromatic aberration. Greatly reduce the effort for post-editing, especially for macro shots. Both the 65mm and the 100mm have a T2.9 large aperture for not just creating a shallower depth of field, but also good for low light situations. Make ready for professional use, the focusing ring and the step-less aperture ring are all equipped with industrial standard 0.8 mod gear. A 77mm filter thread is on both lenses so the cinematographers can choose between screw-in filters or using matte boxes. The weight of the two lenses is respectively 550g and 957g for 65mm and 100mm. With the competitive price of USD599 for 65mm and USD999 for 100mm, these lenses would be perfect for all sorts of commercials or cine productions.

The 2:1 magnification is rarely found in the market. It allows cinematographers to capture rich macro details of the subject. From capturing wildlife, product closeup or anything that needs an immersive perspective, both lenses would offer stunning image quality. Being able to focus to infinity, the 65mm and 100mm can also use for portrait shots. Minimum focusing distance of 17cm (6.69″) and 24.7cm (9.7″) respectively for 65mm and 100mm when shooting 2X macro.

The 65mm and 100mm also inherited the excellent APO design as most of the Laowa macro lenses do, effectively eliminate both lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberrations in the frame. Greatly reduce the amount of effort in post-editing.

Both lenses deliver stunning details and contrast from centre to corner even when using a wide-open aperture. These two professional prime lenses are built to deliver exceptional resolution and sharpness.

Specification

Laowa 65mm T2.9 2X Macro APO CineLaowa 100mm T2.9 2X Macro APO Cine
Focal Length65mm100mm
Angle of View24.4°26.1°
T Stop RangeT2.9-22T2.9-22
Format CompatibilityS35Full Frame
Lens Structure14 elements in 10 groups12 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades   913
Min. Focusing Distance17 cm24.7cm
Min. Working Distance8 cm7.1cm
Max. Magnification2X2X
Focus Throw249°220°
Filter Thread77mm77mm
Dimensions84.8 x 103mm85.6 x 139mm
Weight550g957g
MountsCanon EF-M / Fujifilm X/ Sony E/ Nikon ZArri PL / Sony E / Canon EF / Canon R /L mount

Canon Patent: 30-90mm f/1.5, 18-45mm f/1.5, 70-210mm f/2.5 Cinema Lenses

Canon Patent

A new Canon patent and for once it doesn’t refer to RF mount lenses but for Cinema optics: 30-90mm f/1.5, 18-45mm f/1.5, 70-210mm f/2.5.

Canon patent application 2022119007 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for three lenses we think are Cinema or broadcasting lenses:

  • 30-90mm f/1.5
  • 18-45mm f/1.5
  • 70-210mm f/2.5

From the patent literature:

To provide a zoom lens that is advantageous in terms of, for example, a large aperture, small size and light weight, and high optical performance over the entire zoom range.

The lens diameter of the lens group closest to the object side in the first lens group is determined by the off-axis ray at the wide-angle end, and the lens diameter of the lens group closest to the image side in the first lens group is determined by the on-axis ray at the telephoto end. Therefore, if the first lens group is thickened, the size of the lens will increase if the aperture is to be further increased. In the zoom lens of Patent Literature 1, since the first lens group is thick, the zoom lens may become large if it is intended to accommodate a large-format sensor such as a Super 35 format or a full-frame format while maintaining the F-number.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 31.20-89.85
  • F-value: 1.51
  • Half angle of view: 25.38-9.35
  • Total length: 284.23
  • Back focus: 39.00

Example 2

  • Focal length: 21.00-80.57
  • F-value: 1.51
  • Half angle of view: 35.17-10.41
  • Total length: 288.03
  • Back focus: 39.00

Example 3

  • Focal length: 18.01-45.01
  • F-value: 1.51
  • Half angle of view: 39.422-18.20
  • Total length: 308.88
  • Back focus: 39.00

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

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Canon EOS C200 Mark II Set To Get Released In 2023 (with switchable EF/RF mount)?

Cinema EOS C200

Canon might release a replacement for the Canon EOS C200 soon, i.e. next year.

Latest murmurings have it that Canon might release the Canon EOS C200 Mark II in 2023. It seems the Canon EOS C200 Mark II will have “the ability to easily switch between EF and RF mounts. We’re told that the EF mount comes off to reveal the RF mount“. A first set of specifications also leaked:

  • Same image sensor as the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III
  • Same connection ports as the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III
  • Compatible with Cinema EOS C300 Mark III and Cinema EOS C500 Mark II accessories
  • Timecode
  • SDI Terminals
  • Easily interchangable EF and RF mount
  • Same frame rates and resolution as the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III

Unfortunately, this is a long running rumor so I’d take it with a grain of salt.

Stay tuned…

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon Announced New Flex Zoom Lens Series For Cinema With T2.4 Aperture

Flex Zoom

Canon announced the new Flex Zoom Cinema lens series: Canon CN-E 20-50mm T2.4 LF and CN-E 45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP lenses. Preorders start at $21,999.

Canon press release:

Canon Announces New Flex Zoom Lens Series of EF Cinema Lenses with Wide T2.4 Aperture Designed for Full-Frame Cameras

MELVILLE, NY, April 12, 2022Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of a new series of lenses for the company’s EF Cinema Lens lineup — the Flex Zoom Lens series of lenses, which were developed to create cinema-style productions with greater workflow efficiency. The first lenses in the series are the CN-E20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP wide-angle zoom lens and the CN-E45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP telephoto zoom lens.

Designed in the pursuit of cinematic beauty, the new large-aperture lenses feature both high-level optical design and performance while maintaining the style and ease-of-use of Canon’s EF Cinema lens series. With the introduction of the zoom lenses featuring focal length ranges of 20-50mm for wide-angle and 45-135mm for telephoto, Canon now offers zoom lenses that cover the same range as its six existing prime (single focal length) lenses. The versatility of these new lenses supports efficient production workflows for a wide range of scenarios, including film, TV programs, commercials, and much more.

When paired with full-frame or large-format cameras, these lenses fully leverage the cameras’ signature shallow depth-of-field look and provide smooth and natural background blur, helping to produce powerful storytelling imagery. The lenses also maintain a bright T2.4 aperture1 across their entire zoom ranges allowing for image capture in both natural light and darker environments. This feature helps to reduce the need for intricate lighting setups, enabling more efficient and cost-effective video production workflows.

Engineered with an optical configuration that creates the optimal placement of lens elements, including a large-aperture aspherical lens and an anomalous dispersion glass lens, the CN-E20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP and the CN-E45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP lenses help reduce the potential for color smudging and chromatic aberrations. This enables them to maintain high optical performance from the center of the image to the periphery when paired with 8K cameras.

In addition to supporting EF-mount data transmission2, the new lenses are also compatible with /i Technology3 from Cooke Optics. With this capability, recording metadata such as focus, zoom, aperture, and lens model can be transmitted via the lens mount for visualization on the camera itself. This additional information helps to contribute to more efficient workflows not only during on-location recording, but also during post-production and editing.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon CN-E20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP wide-angle zoom lens and Canon CN-E45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP telephoto zoom lens are scheduled to be available in early June 2022 and early September 2022 for an estimated retail price of $21,999.00.*

Canon will showcase its latest digital imaging solutions and products, including the new Flex Zoom Lens series of lenses, at the NAB Show 2022 (Booth #C4432) in Las Vegas, April 24th-27th. For more information about the new lenses and Canon’s presence at the show please visit usa.canon.com.