Canon Reveals Cinema EOS System

Canon has stepped into the Hollywood

spotlight with the launch of the Cinema EOS System including a new digital

video camcorder and seven new lenses aimed at professional film makers.

Canon launched the new system at a gala event in Hollywood which was given

added weight by the presence of Goodfella Martin Scorsese. The new system will

be going head-to-head with the RED cameras which have become popular

recently.

Canon Cinema EOS System

Canon Cinema EOS C300

The Canon Cinema EOS C300 is the star of the show, a digital

video camera featuring a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately

8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor. It will come in two versions, one for EF lens

lovers and another for those who prefer PL lenses.

Inside the C300 is Canon’s high-performance DIGIC DV III

image processor, and it will be able to capture footage in Super 35 format at a

range of speeds up to 60fps. It has ISO settings ranging from 320 all the way up

to 20,000.

Canon Cinema EOS System 2

For viewing what you’re shooting, the C300 has a 16:9

electronic viewfinder promising 100 per cent coverage as well as a 4in

detachable LCD screen. The C300 is fully manual focus with no sign of AF, but

as that’s what the professionals want, AF is not a feature which is lacking.

The C300 has a maximum recording rate of 50Mbps and it will

use the industry standard MXF format. Two 64GB CF card slots should allow for

up to 320 minutes of 1080p recording and the camera has two XLR inputs for

audio.

 Canon Cinema EOS System 1

The camera will measure 133 (w) x 179 (h) x 171mm (d), and weigh

in at a hefty 1.45kg, but considering the serious piece of kit the C300 is, this

is to be expected.

The C300 will be available in late January costing in the

region of $20,000 body-only and will come with a host of accessories, including

a wireless transmitter to let you control the C300 from your smartphone.

Canon Cinema EOS System 4

Lenses

Canon has also introduced seven new 4K EF Cinema Lenses—four

zoom lenses and three single-focal-length models.

The four zoom lenses cover a zoom range from 14.4mm to 300mm

– two models each for EF and PL lens mounts – while the three

single-focal-length lenses are for EF mounts only.

Canon Cinema EOS System

All seven new lenses are promising “exceptional 4K

optical performance” and offer compatibility with the Super 35 mm-equivalent

image format. The three single-focal-length EF lenses can be used with cameras

equipped with 35 mm full-frame sensors.

The four new zoom cinema lenses comprise the

CN-E14.5–60mm T2.6 L S (for EF mounts) and CN-E14.5–60mm T2.6 L SP (for PL

mounts) wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, and the CN-E30–300mm T2.95–3.7 L S (for

EF mounts) and CN-E30–300mm T2.95–3.7 L SP (for PL mounts) telephoto cinema

zoom lenses.

Canon Cinema EOS System 5

Each lens supports 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) resolution, which

delivers a pixel count four times that of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), and

offers compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras as

well as APS-C cameras.

Both the CN-E14.5–60mm T2.6 L S (EF mount) lens and the

Canon CN-E14.5–60mm T2.6 L SP (PL mount) lens are scheduled for late January

2012 availability for an estimated list price of $45,000 each. The Canon

CN-E30–300mm T2.95–3.7 L S (EF mount) and Canon CN-E30–300mm T2.95–3.7 L SP (PL

mount) lens are scheduled for late March 2012 availability for an estimated

list price of $47,000 each.

Canon Cinema EOS System 3

Looking at the single-focal-length Cinema lenses, the range comprises

the CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F models, again promising

great 4K performance.

The trio incorporates anomalous dispersion glass and

large-diameter aspherical lenses for high resolution imaging throughout the

frame, and features a newly designed 11-blade aperture diaphragm for gentle,

attractive blurring,” a statement from Canon said.

The CN-E24mm T1.5 L F and CN-E50mm T1.3 L F lenses are scheduled to be available in late July 2012 both costing

around $6,800. The CN-E85mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens is scheduled to be

available in late August again costing around $6,800.

Source: Canon 1, 2

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