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Intro image for article Canon Announces New Flex Zoom Cine Lenses
Tech News
Canon recently announced the launch of a new line of full frame (aka full format) zoom lenses as part of their EF Cinema Lens lineup. These new lenses, called the Flex Zoom series, were developed to provide cinema-style productions with a full frame option leading to greater workflow efficiency. The first lenses in the series are the CN-E 20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP wide-angle zoom lens and the CN-E 45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP telephoto zoom lens. Both lenses are available in EF mount (the 'F' versions) or in standard PL mount (denoted 'FP').
Intro image for article A Practical Look at the Canon Sumire Primes
Tutorials & Guides
I recently got a chance to take a closer look at Canon's premium Sumire cinema prime lenses. In this video, I'll provide some historical context for their development, an overview of design and performance, and many examples of their aesthetic and optical characteristics.
Intro image for article The Benefits of Canon's New RF Lens Mount
Tech News
In October of 2018, Canon introduced the EOS-R, the first in a new line of full-frame mirrorless still and video cameras along with a new lens mount, dubbed ‘RF’. Unlike the familiar EF mount, which debuted in 1987 with the original EOS series of film cameras, Canon’s new mirrorless mount provides a greatly reduced flange focal distance — also known as flange depth or registration distance — along with a higher bandwidth data pathway between bodies and lenses.
Intro image for article Exploring the Canon Lens Ecosystem
Tutorials & Guides
As a DP, when you get a phone call for a project, one of the first things you need to decide is what camera and lenses you’re going to use. Knowing what the content of the project is often drives both the shooting style and look of the piece.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Canon Sumire Lenses In-Depth
Tutorials & Guides
Recently, I had the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the Canon Sumire Primes. I tested the 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, and 50mm T1.3.
Intro image for article First Look: Canon Sumire PL Prime Lenses
Tech News
Canon announced their new Sumire Cinema Prime lenses today. This new set of full format PL-mount lenses builds on their popular Cinema Primes, which are exclusively in EF mount.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Back Focusing the Canon 18-80mm Servo Zoom
Tutorials & Guides
The Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Servo Zoom is lightweight and versatile, making it a great choice when you're shooting in ENG mode. In this blog, I go through the steps you'll take in order to set back focus on this lens.
Intro image for article Anything for the Story: Talking Docs with DP Matt Porwoll
Client Profiles
You may be familiar with Matt Porwoll from last year's Behind the Lens blog series, but did you know he's also an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer who used to work in the AbelCine rental department? It's true! Luckily for us, Matt enjoys sharing what he's learned about the technical aspects of his craft. Recently, we had the chance sit down for an in-depth discussion on his current favorite gear.
Intro image for article NAB 2018: Canon C700 FF Updates
Tech News
Direct from the AbelCine booth at NAB 2018, join me for an overview of Canon's new full format cinema camera, the C700 FF, as well as a look at their CN-E 20mm T1.5 prime lens.