Canon EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F

September 4, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | Comment |

Canon has unveiled a new EF Cinema prime lens. Featuring an eleven-bladed iris diaphragm, 300° focus rotation and a close-focus point of 30cm, the 4K-ready Canon EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact, precision-matched EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm focal lengths. Ensuring consistency when shooting across a number of different Cinema prime lenses, the new 35mm lens provides colour reproduction that matches others in the range, as well as featuring the same form factor and uniform markings, making it easy to switch between lenses when on a shoot. The Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens is expected to be available in December 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200.

Canon Press Release

Greater opportunities for creative freedom – Canon updates Cinema EOS cameras and unveils a new 35mm EF Cinema prime lens

United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, 04 September 2013 – Canon, a world leader in professional imaging technologies, today announces a host of feature updates to its ground-breaking range of Cinema EOS cameras, as well as the launch of a new 35mm EF Cinema prime lens. The announcements are the latest developments in Canon’s rapidly-developing professional video portfolio, and will offer even greater creative freedom and added value to video professionals. 

Developed in response to market feedback, the feature upgrades and new lens have been designed specifically to meet the growing creative requirements of modern video professionals. The updates will offer greater creative flexibility and enhanced operability, and clearly demonstrate Canon’s continued commitment to supporting the ever-evolving needs of the professional video community.

Unrivalled low light flexibility with ISO 80000
Canon’s heritage in camera and sensor development led to the creation of a brand new Super 35mm sensor for the Cinema EOS system, offering outstanding performance in extremely challenging low light situations. Now Canon is further enhancing the maximum ISO setting on the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100, from the current maximum of ISO 20000, to ISO 80000. Unrivalled in the industry, the new maximum setting will allow creative content makers, such as documentary, news and feature crews, to shoot in even more extreme low light conditions, capturing detailed, colourful images. Users will be able to shoot in 1-stop or 1/3 stop increments from ISO 320 right through to ISO 80000, providing incredible creative freedom.

Additional enhancements to the Canon EOS C500
A number of additional feature enhancements will be applied to the EOS C500 following user feedback, particularly with regard to cinematic and drama productions.

The new firmware updates will offer professionals using the EOS C500 the ability to shoot using wider colour gamuts.  In addition to the existing BT.709 gamut, new DCI-P3+ and Cinema Gamut options will be added. DCI-P3 is an established colour space for digital cinema projection, and DCI-P3+ will allow the EOS C500 to fit seamlessly into workflows designed for such a delivery system. DCI-P3+ captures a wider range of colours but cannot account for all of the colours that current sensor technology can capture, so the new Cinema Gamut will provide an even wider colour space.  In addition, it will be possible to apply a BT.709, Wide DR or DCI-P3+ LUT to the outputs from the MON.1/2 terminals, increasing monitoring options on-set.

High speed options in the EOS C500 will also be expanded, further increasing the flexibility of the camera.  A new 4K1K RAW mode will be added, providing the option to shoot at up to 120fps.  Unlike the existing 4K2K HRAW mode, in which additive processing is used to create a final image of 4096x2160 pixels when recording at frame rates above 60P, the new 4K1K mode will utilise a cropped portion of the image sensor. Capturing a more cinematic aspect ratio of 4096x1080 pixels, this new option will reduce the risk of aliasing, or ‘jaggies’, in the recorded image. 4K2K HRAW will remain as a shooting option.

The firmware updates will also provide further support for use of the EOS C500 in productions that utilise an ACES workflow.  Aiding on-set monitoring, it will be possible to output a 2K signal from the MON.2 terminal which conforms to ACESProxy10 gamma and the ACES colour space.   When combined with suitable monitoring equipment it will become possible to monitor an image in ACES colour on-set.

To counter heat generated when filming for long periods of time, especially in 4K or 2K, the EOS C500 has an effective fan-based cooling system. To reduce the possibility of intrusive fan noise during shoots, the Automatic cooling mode has been updated so that the system will stop running during recording. It will automatically start to regulate the camera temperature whenever recording stops, providing more sustained, continuous cooling to reduce the chance of fan activation during a take.  Automatic activation during recording may still occur if required to prevent a camera dangerously over-heating[1].

Additional enhancements for EOS C300
Building on the ease-of-use upgrades announced earlier in 2013 for the EOS C300, Canon is introducing a range of further updates which will enhance camera functionality for solo shooters, including the addition of Wide DR gamma.  First introduced in the EOS C100, Wide DR offers the 12 stops of dynamic range available when shooting in Canon Log gamma, but produces a less ‘flat’ image which does not necessarily require post-processing or colour grading. This is particularly useful for film makers working on tight schedules or with limited financial resources.

The updated EOS C300 will also offer support for the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, complete with continuous autofocus function, and enhanced AE options.

Additional enhancements for EOS-1D C
A self-contained 4K camera, the EOS-1D C will also benefit from feature upgrades in 2013, further enhancing the performance and versatility of this unique device.
Utilising Canon’s EF lens mount, it will become possible to display current aperture (f-number) when shooting with Canon EF Cinema lenses, and to store lens metadata.  Furthermore, EF Cinema lenses will be supported by the Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Correction functions, improving overall image quality[2].
In response to user requests, audio has also been enhanced.  Currently audio recording is limited to a mic input, but the forthcoming update will permit selection of Line or Mic, allowing use of an external audio source if required.

Enhanced flexibility and operability across the range
Canon will also improve the operability of the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 in a variety of ways. For example, the Magnify function, designed to aid manual focussing, will be enhanced to enable magnified viewing of 25 different segments of the image in view, rather than just the centre portion. A new option will allow users to lock all camera functions, including the REC button, when the Power switch is in LOCK mode, and it will be possible to assign either ISO or IRIS control to the main body and hand grip control dials on the EOS C500 and EOS C300.

Enhancements to the Wi-Fi remote control for the EOS C500 and EOS C300 will mean that two users can access a camera at the same time – allowing one to control the shot while the other inputs metadata, improving post production workflow.  In addition, the EOS C300/C300 PL and XF300 and XF305 will gain GPS support via Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E1, allowing GPS information to be automatically recorded with video footage.

Peripheral Illumination Correction will also be expanded in the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100, with a range of additional EF-mount lenses being supported.  This function can help to ensure maximum image quality by reducing shading that may occur in the corners of images[3].

An update to the XF300-series will also see the availability of a new lens hood with built-in lens barrier and the addition of a digital tele-converter function.

Canon EF Cinema prime CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens
The launch of the new EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens enhances Canon’s existing range of EF Cinema primes to a total of six lenses. The lens has been designed following strong demand from Cinema EOS users, and features a compact design that combines Canon’s acclaimed optics with fast performance – making it ideal for shooting in challenging low-light conditions. Ensuring consistency when shooting across a number of different Cinema prime lenses, the new 35mm lens provides colour reproduction that matches others in the range, as well as featuring the same form factor and uniform markings, making it easy to switch between lenses when on a shoot.

The Canon EF Cinema prime CM-E35mm T1.5 L F lens is expected to be available from December 2013.

The firmware updates[4] for Cinema EOS cameras are expected to be available in Q4 2013, with XF-series updates arriving in Q1 2014.

[1] This update was made available as an additional upgrade in firmware version, released earlier in 2013.

[2] Lens compatibility updates do not apply to top-end Canon EF Cinema zoom lenses CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S/SP and CN-E14.5–60mm T2.6 L S/SP.

[3] Peripheral Illumination Correction is not supported in EOS C500 PL and EOS C300 PL cameras.

[4] For a complete list of the updates for all models, and more technical detail, see the ‘Technology Explained’ document supplied with this release.

Canon U.S:A: Press Release


Designed for Film-Style Operation, the Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver Exceptional 4K / 2K / HD Imaging Performance and a Broad Range of Focal Lengths

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced today the new CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers. Delivering outstanding optical performance in contemporary 4K / 2K / HD motion imaging, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F prime lens is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact, precision-matched EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm EF-mount models.

Collectively, Canon’s Cinema prime lens family delivers a wide range of the most important choices in focal lengths to address a myriad of creative digital cinematography choices. All six Canon Cinema prime lenses provide a full-frame 36mm x 24mm image circle for full compatibility with the Canon EOS-1D C, EOS C500, EOS C300 Digital Cinema cameras, the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLR cameras, the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera and EF-mount cameras made by other manufacturers. The lenses also feature consistent color balance, minimal focus breathing, water-resistant rubber gaskets, and an 11-blade aperture diaphragm to help achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and pleasing “bokeh” effects. The six Canon Cinema prime lenses are also designed to facilitate production with uniform stepless gear-positioning rings for iris and focus, with an identical 300º smooth rotation angle on the focus ring. These control rings – switchable from feet to metric labeling – maintain just the right amount of resistance with consistent operating torque. Lens barrels are engraved with easy-to-read scale markings, and consistent 114mm front lens diameters can accommodate screw-on filters and other accessories.

“As with all Canon Cinema prime lenses, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens has been crafted to meet the creative requirements of the most discerning cinematographers, directors and producers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Filmmakers indicated a need for this lens in our lineup and with its launch, we now offer six cinema prime lenses covering some of the most important focal lengths.”

Canon EF Mount Advantages

All Canon Cinema prime lenses feature a genuine Canon EF-mount with electronic contacts that interface with corresponding contacts on Canon cameras for direct communication between each device. This communication allows lens data – including F-numbers – to be displayed in the viewfinder. Both the F-number and the lens model name are also recorded in the camera’s video file as metadata. The new upcoming firmware announced today for the Canon Cinema EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 cameras will provide Canon proprietary features, such as the Peripheral Illumination Correction function, for the CN-E14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses and is scheduled to be available by the end of 2013.  Such features are scheduled to be available for the new CN-E35mm lens in 2014.

Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses

The versatility of image-capture options using Canon EOS Cinema Cameras can be further extended with Canon’s 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 Zoom lenses (the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 wide-angle and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 telephoto). All four lenses are available in both EF- and PL-mount versions; the mount can be switched at a Canon service facility in the United States for added flexibility. Almost all of Canon’s EF Series photographic lenses can also be used with Canon Cinema EOS Cameras, including Image Stabilized zoom, tilt-shift and macro lenses.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens is expected to be available in December 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200. For a visual representation of the power of Canon’s Cinema optics, please visit:

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