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Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5 L F Cinema Prime Lens (EF Mount)

BH #CAE35EF • MFR #9139B001
Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5 L F Cinema Prime Lens (EF Mount)
Key Features
  • Covers Full-Frame & Super 35 Sensors
  • T1.5 Maximum Aperture
  • 11-Blade Iris
  • Breathing Minimized Virtually to Zero
The Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5 L F Cinema Prime Lens is a manual focus prime lens that covers full-frame and Super 35 sensor formats.
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Canon Cinema Prime CN-E 35mm T1.5 Overview

The Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5 L F Cinema Prime Lens is a manual focus prime lens that covers full-frame and Super 35 sensor formats.

The lens offers a maximum aperture of T1.5, useful when shooting in low-light situations or when you want to capture that exceedingly shallow depth of field look. It has an 11-blade iris that provides round out-of-focus highlights for a natural looking bokeh. The lens barrel features 300° of stepless, smooth rotation from close focus to infinity, giving you a high degree of precision and consistent focus.

The lens is designed to minimize focus breathing, and has innovative glass construction that counteracts barrel expansion and contraction to avoid temperature-induced marking discrepancies. It has focus markings on both sides of the barrel, with the rear markings on an angled surface, making it readable from either side of the camera. It also has a dust- and water-resistant housing to minimize maintenance during normal use.

The CN-E 14mm and the other five CN-E lenses share the same 114mm front barrel diameter, focus rotation, 36° iris rotation, and focus and iris gear positions, allowing for easier swaps.

Key Features

  • Covers full-frame and Super 35 sensors
  • 11-blade iris
  • Focus breathing minimized to virtually zero
  • Markings on both sides of the barrel
  • Rear markings on an angled surface
  • Smooth, stepless 300° focus ring
  • Geared manual iris ring
  • Shares 114mm front barrel diameter, focus rotation, 36° iris rotation, and focus and iris gear positions with the rest of the CN-E lineup
  • Glass construction counteracts temperature-induced marking discrepancies
  • Dust- and water-resistant housing
  • Focus markings can be switched to metric labeling if you send the lens to Canon for modification
UPC: 013803237573

Canon Cinema Prime CN-E 35mm T1.5 Specs

Focal Length35mm
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull Frame
Maximum ApertureT1.5
Horizontal Angle of ViewAPS-C (1.5x): 54.4°
Super35: 38.7°
Minimum Focus DistanceFrom : 12" / 30.5 cm
Diaphragm Blades11
Front Diameter114 mm
Focus ScalesImperial
Focus Rotation300°
Image StabilizationNo
Dimensions (W x H)4.66 x 4.66" / 118.4 x 118.4 mm
Length4" / 10.2 cm
Weight2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.2 x 8.05"

Canon Cinema Prime CN-E 35mm T1.5 Reviews

In LOVE with Lens

By Olayinka
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-02

Amazing Colors all around image

Incredible cinematic quality

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-22

This lens is a beast! Shooting wide open is tack sharp, the size is huge - and night shots are unlike anything Ive ever seen. We shot with it on a C100 Mk II, C300 Mk II, and RED Dragon and when comparing the footage it was hard to tell the difference from the 100 vs 300. This lens will make your camera shine, especially if its a Canon Cinema series. That and on-set our clients have noticed it and are very impressed. This will elevate your productions to another level.

The Standard

By Monkey Business
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-15

I am in production now, using this lens and it's amazing, solid, sharp, yet naturally soft. I'm using it with the EOS C300 Mark II so in combination with the camera, it produces such a beautiful aesthetic straight out of the box. The lens is so well crafted. No breathing at all. It has a great weight to it. My first Canon Cine Prime Lens purchase and thus far, am totally satisfied. I will definitely be investing in more. The 35mm is a great choice for a first purchase as you can use this prime for so many applications. You could shoot an entire feature with just a 35mm if need be. I don't scoff at the price either. Artist's tools do cost. I'm a firm believer that you truly do get what you pay for.

Amazing tool

By Martini Media Solutions
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-23

The CN-E 35mm t1.5 L F Cine Prime is my first introduction to Cine Lenses. So take that fwiw. For me it has become an invaluable tool as it sits on my A camera (C100 Mki) with follow focus. Typically I use this lens as A cam for all my interviews - I love the field of view for 35mm so I can sit close enough to interviewees and have a nice medium while using my C100 Mkii with an L zoom for off axis Close Ups (70-200 or 24-105). For what I do (docs and corporate video and even some scenario based work) I could prob get a similiar look for the output with a 35mm L prime but wouldn't have the convenience with the follow focus ring, the de-clicked aperture ring, nor would I have the 11 iris blades - (for you bokeh lovers it's pretty DEEE licious--and who doesn't love bokeh??). The other attributes add up nicely as well: Built like a tank, very little focus breathing, and no noticeable distortions nor chromatic aberrations... I am in the sweet spot of the lens at all times with the super 35 sensor but have popped it on my 5d Mkiii and it looks pretty spectacular at Full Frame as well. I think the main sell for me is it's a lens that I will be using long term. As I upgrade/rent cameras it will be with me as long as I can use EF mounts. Other things to consider: there is a bit of yellow to this lens (I've noticed with matching other lenses - to my eyes this is a pleasing cinema look but can easily be dialed out with some very basic CC if you want to) - it also has a really nice contrasty image - again going for the cinema look. If you shoot in Wide DR on the C100 as do I you get an even better image right out of the gate (I still bill in grading time for my edits but the contrast I don't touch as much for things shot with this lens) ..And as advertised it's razor sharp... even wide open, so if you are shooting doc-style in low light settings it really shines. It is also much heavier than a still lens - so you need to have a great tripod/rig and strength if you are going to shoot with it. (again it works nicely in my setup since I have two closely matched cameras - this one stays put in a studio style setup (with some minimal HH work) while my B camera is extremely light and I can do endurance run and gun style shooting when I need to. Bottom line - what you are paying for is convenience, versatility and a bit of future proofing (I hope) for shooting video. If you can just barely afford this I'd check first that you have a solid gear foundation (tripod, lights, mics) first and stick with still lenses until than. If you an afford it I doubt you'll be disappointed Hopefully this review helps. Happy shooting!

Our #1 Lens

Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-15

We produce travel and tourism footage and had been working with the canon cine 14, 24, 50, 85, and 135 for about a year. Just picked up the 35 and it has become our main workhouse lens. Most of our shots are a couple enjoying a scenic location and this lens sure is a beauty. Highly recommend this lens and the Canon cine primes.

So sweet!

By Carl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-19

This is my prime go-to lens on my Canon C-300. On the set of my short film, Jupiter's Legacy, my DP and I came back to this lens again and again. Coupled with the C-300's low light capabilities, the 1.5 allowed me to shoot primarily in lovely candlelight and torchlight. We successfully lit one scene with a single 15 watt Christmas Tree bulb. This lens is tack sharp and has great contrast. I love it. The first AC loved working with the smooth focus mechanism.

Should have bought these years ago

By Jake
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-14

When I moved over into the Canon Cinema camera line, due to costs, I decided to go with the Rokinon cinema lenses. Initially, I thought they worked great and it was a definite upgrade from my previous setup. However after shooting with these lenses I can't even believe the difference. The color and clarity are unmatched – I even rented other lenses to compare (Zeiss, Xeen) and IMHO these Canon lenses blew them all away. They make skin tones just come to life and are sharp but not overly harsh. Worth every penny!

Just buy it.

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-14

Think Canon cinema lenses are hype? Think again. This lens is a game changer. I have the 50mm L series f1.2 and this lens blows it away in sharpness, accuracy of focus and several other areas. Best purchase I've made for a while.

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will this lens work on an EOS-R?

will this lens work on an EOS-R?
Asked by: Susan
This EF mount lens cannot directly mount to the EOS R. Even if it could, the flange depth is off therefore you would be unable to focus to infinity. It can, however, mount on the EOS R if you use the following adapter. Any EF mount lens can use it as well. In effect, it makes the EOS R just like any other EF camera. Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R B&H # CAMAEFRF
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2018-11-27

Are canon prime lenses available in focus metric ...

Are canon prime lenses available in focus metric system?
Asked by: herve
Yes, I believe you can get them in metric. I suggest you go to the canon website or call B&H for your specific order.
Answered by: johnny
Date published: 2021-07-09


Do you have experience using this specific lens with the Epic Helium 8K??
Asked by: Ryan
It is our understanding that with the RED 8K this lens will cover the sensor with possible slight vignetting in the corners.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25


what is the filter size for screw on nd filters? thanks!
Asked by: Brenda S.
Canon's CN-E lenses do not have a filter thread on them. However you can use Schneider's 114mm SSLR to 4.5 Adapter Ring to put ND filters directly on the lens. They even make a kit that comes with the adapter and three ND Filters, B&H # SCCNDK.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Are there uv lens protectors available?
Asked by: Anonymous
This series of Canon Cine Primes have 105mm filter threads. For this superb lens, a superb filter is needed. I suggest B+W for their water white, polished non distortion glass and MRC multi-coated filters.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25


do they make an anamorphic filter to fit the cn-e 35mm t1.5? THANKS!
Asked by: Brenda S.
You are in luck for yes they do make an anamorphic attachment that can be used with this lens. Letus35 AnamorphX-PRO 1.33x Adapter with Lens Support B&H # LEANXPRO13K1 $2,794.95. This will give you a 2.39 image with a 16x9 sensor. If your camera has a 4x3 sensor, get the Letus35 AnamorphX-PRO 1.8x Adapter with Lens Support B&H # LEANXPRO18K1.$3,599.95. This will result in a more oval bokeh and stronger flares.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Does this lens transfer the lens metadata to a ...

Does this lens transfer the lens metadata to a Red Komodo 6k?
Asked by: Eugenio
Yes, as long as you use the following adapters: Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter / Clear Filter / Circular Polarizer Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R* (control ring function not supported)
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2022-03-19


Will this lens work on a Canon Rebel T3I?
Asked by: Darryl W.
Yes, it will work on a Canon Rebel T3i. It will be an unusual combination quality-wise but yes it will work. Sort of like a waitress wearing a 5 carat diamond ring.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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