New PL-mount digital cine zoom lenses from Canon
Canon recently released two new precision-matched, PL-mount cine zoom lenses that are set to revolutionise high performance contemporary 2K and HD digital cinematography.
Engineered for use with the latest large format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras, the compact and lightweight FK14.5-60 wide-angle cine zoom and FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom both incorporate breakthrough optical designs that simultaneously optimise and enhance multiple imaging qualities while minimising optical aberrations and distortions like focus breathing.
Both lenses are engraved with large, highly visible zoom, iris and focus scales for convenient film-style operation while also featuring a common 136mm front diameter for use with industry-standard optical accessories. The location, diameter and rotation angle of the lens gears are also identical making it easier to change lenses on set.
The FK14.5-60 wide-angle lens maintains its T2.6 maximum aperture over the entire focal range, preserving a high MTF (modulation transfer function) at wide-open apertures which greatly reduces ghosting and veiling glare from strong light sources. These features combine to maximise the image-creation capabilities of the current top-of-the-range single-sensor digital cinematography cameras used in feature film production.
For TV and commercial production, the focal ranges offered by the FK14.5-60 and telephoto FK30-300 cine zoom are designed to meet the needs of contemporary HDTV programme production by offering short depth of field, high sensitivity and superb contrast ratio.