Canon has released details of two new fixed-focal-length EF Cinema Lenses: the CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F, which will go on sale in Australia from mid April and late May, respectively.


The new CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F prime lenses for EF-mount Cinema EOS cameras. (Source: Canon.)

Designed to support a range of motion picture and video production applications, the new lenses meet 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) production standards.  They can be paired with both high-end digital SLR cameras and digital cinema cameras equipped with industry-standard-size Super 35mm-equivalent sensors, including Canon’s EF-mount Cinema EOS digital cinema camera line-up, as well EF-mount cameras incorporating APS-H-size or APS-C-size sensors.

Canon has made use of UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass, which is effective in eliminating chromatic aberration, and also large-diameter aspherical lens elements in the new EF Cinema prime lenses to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness and excellent colour reproduction. They have been optimised for cinematic applications and each has an 11-blade aperture diaphragm for soft, attractive blur characteristics.

Compact designs keep the weights of the CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F to only 1.2 kg and 1.4 kg, respectively. Each lens has a focus ring that can be rotated up to approximately 300 degrees for high-precision manual focusing. The focus and aperture values are displayed at an angle on each side of the lens’s exterior casings to ensure visibility when users are positioned behind the camera. A future firmware update for the EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS-1D C will allow data regarding the lens name and shooting settings to be sent to the camera on which the lens is mounted through the electronic connection in the lens mount, enabling the camera to automatically correct for uneven peripheral illumination.

Canon will be displaying the two new fixed-focal-length lenses during the U.S. Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest independent film festivals in the world, which will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 17 to 27, 2013. Full details will be posted in the professional section of Canon’s website: