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Two New PL-mount Digital Cine Zoom Lenses from Canon that Meet 4K Production Standards

The Canon FK14.5-60 wide angle cine zoom and the Canon FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom

Based on a new optical design platform, these two new precision-matched wide angle and telephoto cine zoom lenses from Canon feature multiple imaging enhancements. The Canon FK14.5-60 wide angle cine zoom and the Canon FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom incorporate breakthrough Canon optical designs that simultaneously optimise and enhance multiple imaging qualities while minimising optical aberrations and distortions.

Both lenses are also more compact and lightweight than other contemporary PL-mount lenses and feature a totally new Canon optical design that virtually eliminates focus breathing. As digital cinematography continues to accelerate for cinema and TV movies, drama series, commercials and other digital high resolution productions, professionals will need the very best in performance and image quality. By already meeting the emerging 4K production image format standards, both of these new Canon PL-mount cine zoom lenses ensure the very highest performance in contemporary 2K and HD digital motion imaging.

Digital cinematography for feature films

The new FK14.5-60 wide angle cine zoom lens and FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom lens are both engraved with large, highly visible zoom, iris and focus scales for convenient film-style operation. Both also have a common 136mm front diameter for use with industry-standard optical accessories. The location, diameter, and rotation angle of the lens gears are also identical, which makes it easier to change lenses on set.


The wide-angle FK14.5-60 maintains its T2.6 maximum aperture over the entire focal range, and with the virtual absence of focus breathing offers new freedom in exploring original picture creation. The lens preserves a high MTF (modulation transfer function) at wide-open apertures, shows well-controlled light distribution across the image plane, and greatly reduces ghosting and veiling glare from strong light sources. These features combine to provide superb contrast under a wide range of scene lighting conditions, and help to maximise the image-creation capabilities of the current top-of-the-range single-sensor digital cinematography cameras. The telephoto FK30-300 complements the wide angle FK14.5-60 in larger studios while also providing many outdoor shots with exceptionally vivid imagery.

Plus TV movies, drama series and commercial production

The focal ranges offered by the new wide-angle FK14.5-60 and telephoto FK30-300 cine zoom lenses are designed to meet the needs of contemporary HDTV programme production. The short depth of field, high sensitivity, superb contrast ratio and excellent picture sharpness of both lenses give producers of TV movies, drama series, commercials and music videos the creative imaging flexibility to satisfy a wealth of potential story-telling objectives.


Both lenses are equipped with precision back-focus adjustments to make lens/camera set-up quicker and easier, which is especially useful in multi-camera TV production environments. In addition, both lenses provide superb control over geometric distortion. This helps prevent visible anomalies when shooting at extreme wide angles on large studio sets that contain extended straight edges.