Cinematic Imaging Reimagined: Introducing Sumire Prime Lenses From Canon

Sumire

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Press release:

Cinematic Imaging Reimagined: Introducing Sumire Prime Lenses From Canon

The Company’s First Set of PL-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses Merge the Art and Science of Cinematography

MELVILLE, NY, April 3, 2019 – Covering the core range of focal lengths that cinema professionals desire, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company’s first set of seven cinema prime PL-Mount lenses, aptly named Sumire Prime. Pronounced “Soo-mee-ray,” the word is of Japanese origin and is associated with a floral gentleness and beauty. Sumire Prime Lenses offer a unique artistically pleasing look with gentle and beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh, designed for use with large-sensor cinema cameras, including 35mm full-frame cameras such as the EOS C700FF Cinema Camera. 

In addition to bright T-stops and Canon’s renowned warm-color imagery, a unique optical design introduces a nuanced look as the lens aperture approaches its maximum setting – subtly modifying the textural renderings of the human face closeup. It also smooths the transition to the fall-off portions of the scene resulting in a pleasing bokeh. This combination adds emotional expressiveness and provides creative flexibility to create a memorable scene.

“Sumire in Japan is the name of a flower, and like the petals of a flower, our lenses are most beautiful when fully opened. This is the inspiration behind the Sumire look,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The feedback from cinematographers is crucial and their voices have been heard loud and clear – they asked Canon to introduce a set of PL-mount cinema prime lenses. We went a step further and our new Sumire Prime Lenses produce the beautifully cinematic and unique images professionals desire. We can’t wait to see how the lenses will contribute to the art of filmmaking.”

The new set of seven Canon Sumire Prime Cinema Lenses include the following:

  • 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
  • CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X

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*.

Availability*

The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X and CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Summer 2019. The Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X lens is scheduled to be available in Fall 2019. The Canon CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X and CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Winter 2019/Spring 2020. 

For more information, please visit: usa.canon.com/cinemalenses.

Canon Might Release A Cinema Camera With RF Mount, In The Distant Future [CW1]

Eos C100 Cinema Camera

Rumor has it that Canon may have a Cinema camera with RF mount in the works.

However, such a camera isn’t to be expected before 2021, or even later. I have no idea if the RF mount is anything that would make something special out of Canon’s Cinema cameras.

Honestly, I don’t think we will see such a camera anytime soon, if ever.

Source: Canon Rumors


Canon EOS C300 Mark III (and other stuff) To Be Announced Ahead Of NAB 2019?

Canon EOS C300 Mark III

Canon might announced two new Cinema EOS cameras ahead of NAB Show 2019.

One of these new Cinema camera will most likely be the replacement for the Canon EOS C300 Mark II (we reported back in November 2018), while the other camera is rumored to be a high frame camera.

It’s also suggested that the Canon EOS C300 Mark III will might have sensor upgrade option for 8K video. This will most likely be a paid upgrade, apparently to keep the initial price competitive (we reported). 4.4.4 codec and electronic image stabilisation will likely be on board.

Along with these cameras Canon might also announce a CN-E 100mm cinema prime lens

Source: Canon Rumors

Black Friday: Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera With Dual Pixel AF – $1599 (reg. $2499)

Canon EOS C100

Canon EOS C100 at a glance:

  • uper 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • 1920×1080 60/50i, 24/25p, PF30, PF24
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware Upgrade
  • EF Lens Mount
  • ISO 320 to 80,000
  • Uncompressed HDMI Output with Timecode
  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Built-In ND Filters with Manual Controls

B&H Photo has the Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera with Dual Pixel Auto-Focus on sale at $1,599.

All noteworthy Black Friday deals we found are listed here

Firmware Update for Canon Cinema EOS C200/C200 Cameras

Cinema EOS C200

Canon released firmware ver. 1.0.5.1.00 for the Canon Cinema EOS C200/C200B cameras. You can download the firmware here.

Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:

  1. A Continuous Recording function has been added allowing for nonstop recording.*1
  2. Peripheral illumination / chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following lenses:
    – EF Cinema Lens: CN-E20mm T1.5 L F
    – EF Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
  3. For LUTs that can be applied to output footage, official support for the ITU-R BT.2100 standard and ITU-R BT.2408 report have been added for the following terminals:.
    – SDI terminal
    – HDMI OUT terminal
    Changes have been made so that the [HDR: PQ] and [HDR: HLG] base luminance corresponds to Diffuse White (100%) being 203nits*2.
  4. Support for the [Reset] function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set, has been added.
  5. When using an assignable button, the White Balance setting will be maintained after the power has been turned off.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon that occurs on cameras with firmware versions 1.0.3.1.00 to 1.0.4.1.00 in which resolution appears to be reduced in SD card recordings and in external outputs when shooting with specific menu settings*3.

*1 When using the continuous recording function, only MP4 format / 1920×1080 resolution is possible.
*2 The HLG output is the brightness in the case of displaying on a 1000nits monitor.
*3 Specific menu settings:
– When [Resolution/Color Sampling] is set to [3840×2160 YCC420 8 bit].
– When [Resolution/Color Sampling] is set to [1920×1080 YCC420 8 bit], and [Slow Motion Recording] is activated.
– When [Resolution/Color Sampling] is set to [1920×1080 YCC420 8 bit], and the digital tele-converter and EF-S lens correction are activated.

For further information, please refer to the latest version of the unit’s Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update.