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Intro image for article Creative Forces: A Conversation with Jendra Jarnagin
Client Profiles
We continue our long-running Creative Forces series with East New York cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin.
Intro image for article A Conversation with Filmmaker Rose Bush: Testing Canon Sumire Primes on the C500 Mk II
Client Profiles
For this blog, we go on location in Stockholm, Sweden with U.S. and Europe-based cinematographer Rose Bush to discuss the Canon C500 Mk II full frame digital cinema camera, Sumire Prime lenses, and her most recent project Love Child.
Intro image for article Behind the Lens: Canon 45-135 Flex Zoom & Cine-Servo 15-120
Tutorials & Guides
Lens testing is like learning – it never stops! Keeping up with the latest technology can be a daunting task, but one that’s important in our field. Back in 2017, I did a Behind the Lens series looking at a wide range of documentary zooms to see how they can achieve specific needs for a project. The options for cinema glass have certainly grown since then, so I decided to add a few more lenses to the list.
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.