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Canon strengthens the Cinema EOS System

Canon strengthens the Cinema EOS System

August 2012

Canon has expanded the Cinema EOS System with the official launch of the eagerly awaited EOS C500 4K cinema camera and two Compact Zoom lenses that extend the EF Cinema Lenses line-up. Originally unveiled as a development announcement in April 2012, the EOS C500, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8L S/SP and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8L S/SP join the new EOS C100 and groundbreaking EOS C300 in creating Canon’s strongest-ever line-up, offering outstanding quality and performance in a range of different configurations.

Canon’s Cinema EOS System brings together unique expertise from the company’s DSLR, video, broadcast and lens divisions – offering exceptional quality and creative freedom to professionals of all kinds. With the new entry-level EOS C100 and the 4K EOS C500, the system has grown to meet a range of production requirements for users of all levels. Additionally Canon’s new cine zoom lenses provide excellent value and performance in EF and PL variants – offering compatibility with virtually any camera in production today. All new products will be showcased at IBC 2012, marking the first time the complete Cinema EOS System has been displayed in Europe.

“This is our strongest-ever professional video line-up,” said Kieran Magee, Professional Imaging Marketing Director, Canon Europe. “Each of these new products has been developed with the needs of professionals in mind, empowering our customers to be more creative than ever before. With the EOS C500 and our new cinema zoom lenses, as well as the new EOS C100, we’re extending the range to meet the needs of an even wider range of users – from independent users through to cinematographers.”

Left hand side view of the EOS C500, fitted with a CN-E135mm T2.2L F EF mount lens, showing the control layout.

EOS C500 – revolutionary 4K video capture

Following a development announcement in April 2012, Canon has confirmed the European launch of the EOS C500, a new digital cinema camera capable of 4K-resolution (4096x2160 pixels) video output. Designed for motion picture and high-resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 offers the ability to output 4K-resolution images as RAW data for recording using an external device. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output also unleashes the full potential of Canon’s expanding range of 4K-resolution EF Cinema Lenses, while an EF mount with Cinema Lock makes it easier for operators to switch lenses during shooting.

As well as uncompressed 4K footage, the EOS C500 supports 12-bit or 10-bit RGB 4:4:4 output signals for 2K (2048x1080 pixels) or Full HD off-board recording – delivering rich colour and high compatibility with image processes such as chroma key positioning. The camera also supports frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K modes, providing enhanced creative flexibility for high-speed (slow motion) video capture. The inclusion of Canon Log Gamma delivers the high quality video and wide exposure latitude demanded by professional cinematographers.

Based on the same advanced platform as the EOS C300, the EOS C500 delivers exceptional performance, incredible mobility and outstanding expandability. The availability of a PL mount variant provides support for industry-standard lenses, while the EF mount model is the first Cinema EOS camera to feature a modified EF mount with Cinema Lock. Designed as a result of user feedback, EF mount with Cinema Lock has been developed to make it simpler to swap lenses mid-shoot. Instead of the user having to rotate the lens, the new mount rotates to lock lenses into place – providing easier operation during studio and field-based shooting.

Right hand side view of the EOS C500, fitted with a CN-E135mm T2.2L F EF mount lens, showing the inputs and outputs.

New Compact Zoom lenses – flexibility, performance and value

The arrival of the new EF Cinema Lenses expands the Cinema EOS System further, with each designed to offer premium performance, mobility and competitive pricing. A CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8L S wide-angle cinema zoom lens launches alongside a new CN-E30-105mm T2.8L S telephoto cinema zoom lens, with both lenses available in EF and PL mount variants. All of the new lenses offer sufficient resolution for 4K production, making them ideal for use with Canon’s EOS C500 and EOS-1D C cinema cameras – both of which support 4K video capture.

All of the new lenses offer compatibility with industry-standard Super 35mm-equivalent cameras, while cutting-edge optical constructions provide superior flexibility for use in a wide range of situations. Each lens features a compact, lightweight body that supports a versatile focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting, and a variety of design enhancements made in recognition of the way users work, such as a uniform front diameter, standard gear pitch and 300 degree focus travel for precise focus adjustments. Perfectly complementing Canon’s existing top-end Cinema zooms and EF Cinema primes, these new Compact Zoom lenses offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for cinema and video professionals of all types – whether studio-based or in the field.