Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two New Cinema Prime Lenses, Expanding the Cinema EOS Prime Lens Product Line to Five Models

  Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two New Cinema Prime Lenses, Expanding the Cinema
  EOS Prime Lens Product Line to Five Models

     Designed for Film-Style Operation, Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver
                          Exceptional 4K Performance

Business Wire

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- January 10, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the new
CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for
large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm
imagers. These two new lenses join with Canon’s CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm
T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F primes to provide a broad line of five
precision-matched, competitively priced EF-mount Cinema prime lenses that
provide high optical performance levels and a choice of versatile focal
lengths for a wide range of creative shooting choices. All five Canon Cinema
prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital
cinematography products, which include the EOS C500 4K/2K Digital Cinema
Camera, EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C100 Digital Video Camera and
EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses.

“Since our introduction to the film and television production industry back in
November 2011, we have brought to market five Cinema prime lenses, two top-end
Cinema zoom lenses, two compact Cinema zoom lenses, and four professional
digital cinematography cameras all within 18 months,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka,
executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies &
Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This is a testament to the Company’s
dedication to the needs of the growing and diverse universe of professionals
creating 4K, 2K, and HD moving-image content for theatrical, television, and
other high-resolution digital production markets. We look forward to
continuing to serve these professionals with Canon Cinema EOS products
designed to help them achieve their creative imperatives and commercial
aspirations.”

All Canon Cinema EOS lenses integrate advanced materials and coatings to meet
high optical performance levels, including 4K (4096 x 2160) production
standards. Each Canon Cinema lens is equipped with an odd-numbered 11-blade
aperture diaphragm, which is ideally suited to achieve creative depth-of-field
manipulation and pleasing “bokeh” effects of cinematographic quality. The
Canon line of five Cinema prime lenses is precision-matched for consistent and
solid optical performance that minimizes focus-induced changes in the angle of
view. All feature a full-frame image circle in a lightweight, compact design,
and they incorporate proven Canon lens elements designed to fulfill
contemporary 4K production standards. All five primes also deliver color tone
and balance that matches Canon’s top-end Cinema zooms and compact Cinema
zooms. Canon Cinema prime lenses are also water-resistant for severe shooting
conditions and deliver the operation and reliability required in professional
film-style shooting environments.

All five Canon Cinema primes feature mechanical attributes specifically
designed for motion-picture production, as opposed to still photography. These
strategically integrated film-style characteristics include 300 degree
rotation on the focus ring for precision focus control as well as large,
highly visible engraved focus scales for convenient operation. These markings
appear on the angled surfaces on both sides of the barrel, making them easy to
both read and to adjust the stepless focus and/or aperture settings of the
lenses from behind – or from either side – of the camera. Focus markings can
be switched from standard labeling to metric, and control rings are engineered
to maintain the proper amount of resistance with consistent operating torque
and familiar tactile “feedback” for satisfying manual control. All Canon
Cinema prime lenses also share the same uniform gear positions, diameters, and
rotation angles, as well as front-lens diameters, making them compatible with
matte boxes, follow focus gear, marking disks, and other third-party
film-industry-standard accessories. Film crews can quickly change lenses
without the need for accessory gear-position adjustments or other changes to
the rig setup.

The new Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 and CN-E135mm T2.2 Cinema prime lenses – as well
as the Canon CN-E24mm T1.5, CN-E50mm T1.3, and CN-E85mm T1.3 primes – are
fully compatible with the Canon EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and EOS-1D C
digital cinema cameras. The EF-mount design of all five Canon Cinema prime
lenses provides communication with these cameras for such handy features as
display of the f number in the electronic viewfinder, recording of focus/zoom
position and f number, and Peripheral Light Compensation^1 for more pleasing
effects shots.

The versatility of image-capture options using Canon EOS digital cinema
cameras can be further extended with Canon’s Super35mm top-end Cinema zoom
lenses (the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 wide-angle and the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7
telephoto) and compact Cinema zooms (the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 wide-angle and
CN-E30-105mm T2.8 telephoto). All four are available in both EF- and PL-mount
versions, as are the EOS C500 and EOS C300 cameras. Almost all of Canon’s EF
Series photographic lenses can also be used with these Cinema EOS cameras,
including Image Stabilized zooms, tilt-shift models, and macro lenses. All of
these products are designed to contribute to the continued advancement of
tools for visual storytelling and all express Canon’s continuing commitment to
cinematic culture.

Pricing and Availability

The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F single-focal-length lens is expected to be available in
April 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,500. The CN-E135mm T2.2 L F
single-focal-length lens is expected to be available in May 2013 for an
estimated retail price of $5,200.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s
Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the
PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital
camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year and for
camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest
level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based
consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon
U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners.

Prices, specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

^1 The Peripheral Light Compensation Function will be available in 2013 and
will require firmware upgrade for compatible cameras.

Contact:

Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Editorial:
Len Musmeci, 516-328-4884
lmusmeci@cusa.canon.com
or
Marcomm Group
Brian McKernan, 516-829-0404
bmckernan@marcommgroup.com

Canon U.S.A. Web site:
www.usa.canon.com

For sales information/customer support:
1-800-321-HDTV (4388)
www.canonbroadcast.com
 
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