Canon has introduced a new Cine lens for large-format cameras. The new 50-1000mm T5-8.9 ultra-telephoto zoom lens features a built-in 1.5x extender and will be released in early 2015.
The popularity of the 4K industry is growing, so digital camera makers are “forced” to launch devices capable of capturing high-resolution videos. However, the cameras require lenses optimized for capturing such videos in order to take advantage of the 4K quality.
Canon is seeing this as an opportunity, therefore it has announced a new lens for professional filmmakers. The new Cine Servo 50-1000 T5-8.9 lens has become official in PL-mount and EF-mount versions, and it will be released in Q1 2015 with a built-in 1.5x extender.
Canon Cine 50-1000mm T5-8.9 lens becomes official with the longest zoom for Super 35mm cameras
The Japan-based company is claiming that its new jewel is offering the longest focal length in a Cine lens for Super 35mm cameras, as the 1.5x extender will take its focal length to 1500mm.
Moreover, the Canon Cine 50-1000mm T5-8.9 lens has the longest zoom of an optic designed for large format Super 35mm cameras.
This ultra-telephoto zoom lens is a versatile product offering a light transmission range between T5 and T8.9, depending on the selected focal length.
As stated above, the optic has been optimized for 4K video recording, but it will also deliver amazing 2K and full HD performance.
PL-mount and EF-mount versions coming in Q1 2015 with a $78,000 price tag
Canon has confirmed that the lens will be released in PL-mount and EF-mount versions as of the first quarter of 2015. The price of the Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5-8.9 optic will stand at $78,000, which is another thing to suggest that this lens is aimed at professionals.
The product comes with aperture and focus rings, as well as with a Digital Drive, which can be easily removed depending on whether it is used for broadcasting or cinema purposes.
Although it is a massive lens, the Japanese manufacturer says that it is compact and lightweight when compared to other products in its category. The Canon Cine 50-1000mm T5-8.9 lens measures only 15.9-inches in length and weighs about 14.5lbs.
The extended focal length will create a shallow depth of field and the 11-blade iris diaphragm will deliver beautiful and smooth bokeh effects. More info can be found in the company’s official press release