Canon expands cinema lenses with first full-frame zooms costing $21,999 each


Canon has launched its first high-end full-frame zooms for professional film productions, called the Flex Zoom series – and they’ll set you back $21,999 each! The CN-E20-50mm T2.4 LF/FP and CN-E45-135mm T2.4 LF/FP will deliver outstanding performance and impressive quality for HDR, 4K and 8K productions.

With the introduction of these lenses, Canon is enhancing its lineup to meet a range of cinematic needs, giving filmmakers even more options to choose from, supporting the creation of high-end content for a variety of uses and shooting scenarios. Both lenses offer a constant and fast T2.4 aperture throughout the zoom range, as well as coverage of focal lengths most commonly used by filmmakers in a variety of productions.

Preorder CN-E20-50mm T2.4 LF/FP at B&H
Preorder CN-E45-135mm T2.4 LF/FP at B&H

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(Photo credit: Canon)

Built with optical excellence at its core, the Flex Zoom Series features a commitment to cinematic visual storytelling. Suitable for full-frame or Super 35mm cameras, they deliver incredible quality for 4K and 8K capture, from the center to the edges of the frame. Additionally, both lenses feature 11 iris blades for natural, cinematic blur and beautiful specular highlights.

Both lenses are Canon’s first full-frame manual cinematic zoom lenses, with an industry-leading consistent T2.4 throughout the zoom range. The ideal pair for a wide range of shooting scenarios, they offer a wide focal range from the wide-angle CN-E20-50mm T2.4 LF/FP, to the medium focal range of the CN-E45-135mm T2.4 LF / FP – covering the focal lengths most frequently used in film and film productions.

Both cine-zoom lenses also inherit the same subtle, warm color tone synonymous with Canon cinema lenses – this compatibility makes it easier for filmmakers to use a variety of lenses on a production, without affecting the overall balance of colors. On busy sets, this reduces the need for time-consuming post-production grading, ensuring consistency across all footage.

The Flex Zoom series conforms to industry standard metadata formats with versatile communication between lens and camera mount, including Cooke /i technology, and Zeiss eXtended Data (on the PL mount) and Canon metadata (via EF mount). This allows users to display or record lens information, with EF communication, it allows users to use camera functions such as aberration correction and peripheral illumination correction with compatible Cinema EOS cameras. Mount communication also activates the Dual Pixel Focus Guide which improves usability and precision when focusing manually. This is especially useful for critical focus when shooting 4K or 8K productions with a full frame camera.

The CN-E20-50mm T2.4 LF/FP and CN-E45-135mm T2.4 LF/FP are available with an EF or PL mount – the mount is interchangeable, via approved third-party companies as well as service Canon Centers – offering extensive compatibility options for filmmakers shooting anything from dramatic productions to high-end cinema.

Flex Zoom lenses feature a unified design, consistent front diameter, gear rotation positions and angles, and rugged durability – this consistency makes both lenses ideal for professional use in a range of shooting environments. Focus, zoom and iris rings feature industry standard gears and 0.8mm pitch to accommodate third-party accessories such as focus and motors. Additionally, the lenses feature luminous (glow-in-the-dark) metric and imperial markings for ease of use in low-light environments. Built for longevity, the premium design and exceptional optics and components deliver fast, precise operation, with durability for all types of professional filming.

also announced the launch of its latest 4K Broadcast TV lens, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF, which features an incredible 122x zoom ratio equipped with Canon’s advanced autofocus technology, allowing the lens to reach an incredible 8.2-1000mm focal length range, alongside a firmware update for the DP-V1830 professional reference monitor, supporting 4K HDR quality management for cinema and broadcast production top of the line. Everything will be available in July 2022.

Pre-order Canon CN-E20-50MM T2.4 LF/FP at B&H

Pre-order Canon CN-E45-135MM T2.4 LF/FP at B&H

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