Canon joins Full-Frame Cinema lens market


Yes you read that right. Canon has entered the Full Frame Cinema lens world. With two new premium Cine Zoom lenses designed for professional production. They call it the Flex Zoom Series.

Introducing Canon full frame cinema lens, CN-E 20-50mm T2.4 L F / FP and the CN-E 45-135mm T2.4 L F / FP. These lenses offer outstanding performance and impressive quality for HDR, 4K and 8K productions.

Key Features

  • Designed for full frame sensors
  • Constant T2.4 and broad focal length coverage
  • Advanced lens Metadata support for Cooke /i Technology TM, Zeiss eXtended Data TM and EF Mount
  • Modular Lens Mount System (Supports EF/PL Mounts)
  • 11 Iris Blades for beautiful bokeh
  • Supports 4K & 8K Productions
  • Robust and compact design (approx. 3.3kg)

These lenses will be available in EF or PL and can be converted at the Canon NZ service center in Auckland. They can also slightly overshoot full frame for some of the larger format camera sensors offered by other manufacturers.

Cinematic quality with speed across the range

Built with Canon’s optical excellence at the core, the Flex Zoom series showcases Canon’s commitment to cinematic visual storytelling. Suitable for full frame or Super 35mm cameras, they offer incredible quality in 4K and 8K capture, from the centre to the edges of the frame. What’s more, both lenses feature 11 iris blades for natural and cinematic out of focus, and beautiful specular highlights.

The two cine-zoom lenses also inherit the same subtle, warm colour tone synonymous with Canon’s full range of Cinema lenses – this compatibility makes it easier for filmmakers to use a variety of lenses on a production, without affecting the overall colour balance. On busy sets, this reduces the need for time-extensive post-production grading, ensuring consistency across all footage.

Efficient workflows

The Flex Zoom Series is compliant with the industry standard metadata formats thanks to the versatile lens-to-camera mount communication function, including Cooke /i Technology™, and ZEISS eXtended Data™ (on PL mount) and Canon metadata (via EF mount). This allows users to display or record lens information – with the EF communication it allows users to utilize camera functions such as aberration correction and peripheral illumination correction with compatible Cinema EOS cameras. The mount communication also enables Dual Pixel Focus Guide which improves usability and accuracy when manually pulling focus. This is especially useful for critical focusing when shooting 4K productions with a full frame camera.

Pricing and availability

The CN-E 20-50mm T2.4 L F / FP is available from June 2022 and the CN-E 45-135mm T2.4 L F / FP from September. Pre-Order deposit are available now.

  • CN-E 20-50mm T2.4 L F / FP: NZD $500 pre-order deposit
  • CN-E 45-135mm T2.4 L F / FP: NZD $500 pre-order deposit

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