Canon has announced two new PL (positive lock) mount zoom lenses to premiere at NAB 2011. The wide zoom will cover 14.5mm-60mm with a maximum aperture of T2.6 while the long zoom will cover 30mm-300mm. It is about time that they got back into the cinema game. These two lenses look very promising. Let’s hope they are sharper than the older S16 Canon Zooms. They were soft as butter. Here is a rip from the press release.
“The 2K and HD digital production formats are firmly established in the global marketplace today, while 4K resolution is poised to further propel the imaging quality of digital cine production. Anticipating this exciting evolution in digital acquisition guided Canon’s developments of a new optical platform in recent years to meet the current and future imaging needs of high-resolution camera sensors,” explained Larry Thorpe, national marketing executive, Broadcast and Communications division, Canon U.S.A. “Canon has extrapolated a new optical platform – first seen during NAB 2009 on a working prototype 8K lens – to bring to market these two new PL-mount lenses. Advanced glass materials, exotic new optical coatings, and new computer-design techniques were all employed to achieve significant overall optical performance in these two lenses.”