Canon has announced the release dates for the Canon RF PRIME Cinema Lens series. The product numbers are “CN-R24mm T1.5 L F,” “CN-R35mm T1.5 L F,” “CN-R50mm T1.3 L F,” and “CN-R85mm T1.3 L F.” The CN-R24mm lens will be released on January 25, 2024. The lineup and release dates of other products are as follows.
CN-R14mm T3.1 L F: Late February 2024
CN-R20mm T1.5 L F: Late March 2024
CN-R24mm T1.5 L F: January 25, 2024
CN-R35mm T1.5 L F: January 25, 2024
CN-R50mm T1.3 L F: January 2025, 2024
CN-R85mm T1.3 L F: January 25, 2024
CN-R135mm T2.2 L F: Late April 2024
The seven models of the Canon RF PRIME Cinema lineup fall into the following focal lengths: 14/20/24/35/50/85/135mm). The digital cinema cameras, “EOS C70 (released in November 2020)” and “EOS R5” are cinematic cameras that use the RF mount. Compatible with the RF mount’s communication protocol, The Canon RF Prime Cinema lenses can perform lateral chromatic aberration correction, peripheral illumination correction, and dual pixel focus guide on the camera side, as with previous models, and has also newly realized distortion aberration correction. This will support efficient video production not only on set, but also during post-production editing.
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Canon RF PRIME Cinema Performance
The new product achieves high optical performance compatible with 4K and 8K cameras by optimally arranging lenses that use large-diameter aspherical lenses and anomalous dispersion glass. In addition, by supporting full-size/large-format sensors, achieving a bright T value, and using 11 aperture blades, it is possible to achieve shallow depth of field, natural bokeh that is close to circular, and soft image expression. Furthermore, since the color balance is unified across the series, it is possible to reduce the hassle of adjusting the color tone when changing lenses when shooting the same scene.
By providing the control ring with a moderate amount of torque, it achieves the precise operability required for cinema shooting. In addition, due to the common design of the series, the gear position of the operating ring, front lens diameter, and rotation angle (operating angle) are unified among all models, making it easy to install matte boxes and external focus adjustment accessories. Users can smoothly change lenses without having to make adjustments for each model. By adding a knurled finish near the mount that fits comfortably in the hand, it is possible to securely hold the lens without having to hold the operating ring when attaching or detaching the lens.