Canon has just revealed its first set of seven PL-Mount lenses — the Sumire Prime cinema lenses. They are designed for large-sensor cameras.
Sumire — which is pronounced “Soo-mee-ray” — is a Japanese word that is associated with a floral gentleness and beauty. “Sumire in Japan is the name of a flower, and like the petals of a flower, our lenses are most beautiful when fully opened. This is the inspiration behind the Sumire look,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. So as you would expect, the lenses in set look to offer a artistically pleasing look, while still keeping things gentle and beautiful. Canon says these lens can achieve beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh.
The seven Sumire lenses
- CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X
- CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X
- CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X
- CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X
- CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X
- CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X
- CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X
All of these lenses have an 11-blades iris and bright T-stops that should allow for a more natural circular-like bokeh from both maximum to minimum aperture. “The use of an odd number of iris blades also helps to diffuse light rays and produce what is generally considered a more sought after, artistically pleasing and cinematic look with warmer colors,” says Canon.
Canon also says the Sumire Prime lenses are highly durable and has the same operability and reduced focus breathing as Canon’s EF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses. Plus, the lenses offer a 300-degree focus rotation angle and gear position is consistent across the Sumire series.
Which cameras are the lenses compatible with?
The Sumire Prime lenses are compatible with the complete lineup of Canon Cinema EOS full-frame and Super 35 mm 4K cameras. That includes the EOS C700 FF, EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C200. Their also compatible with the latest full-frame and Super 35 mm PL-mount cameras.
Also, the lenses’ mounts are interchangeable and can be converted from PL-Mount to EF-Mount.
The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X and CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X lenses are planned for release this Summer. As for the Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X lens is scheduled to be available in Fall 2019. The Canon CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X and CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X lenses will be released through Winter 2019/Spring 2020.