Canon V35 lenses are essentially CN-E glass modified for the retro aesthetic. This is not a Canon project, but an independent initiative to take the Canon CN-E glass and upgrade it to the rare look and feel of the legendary K35 lens. And it’s gorgeous (and beautiful). check it out.
This project reminds us of movie simulation additions to modern NLEs. With all those sophisticated coding invented to give us a crisp, sharp, and crystal clear modern look, it seems our eyes are still keen on classic images. why? Because this tapestry begins with pure nostalgic memories of the beauty of the film. Project V35 aims to bring back the old glory of modern cinema glass and make modern lenses more cinematic through a unique modification process.
V35 is a new project of Duclos Lenses and Northwest Camera Co. Where modern Canon CN-E lenses are modified (upgraded) for a more vintage aesthetic inspired by the legendary K35 lens. The finished lenses are called Canon V35 and feature a pure, unsaturated and unique vintage look and feel. This project will be expanded to other cinema lenses and will not be limited to the CN-E range. “Recognizing the need to provide cinematographers and rental homes with an alternative to expensive vintage lenses, the two companies collaborated to design an aesthetic that could be universally applied to lens sets commonly found in products. Beginning with the Canon V35 range, they have designed modifications to replicate the look of legendary sets such as the K35s and FD Aspherical from Old cinema lenses as close as possible,” says Dominic Barbero of Northwest Camera Co.
Starting with the Canon V35 range, they’ve designed mods to replicate the look of legendary groups like the K35s and FD Aspherical from vintage cinema lenses as closely as possible.
Dominic Barbero of Northwest Camera Co.
As Barbero stated: “We like to think of them as the K35 Mark ii. Just enough of the old features with something new and fresh for digital formats. That means more interesting Ares, lower contrast, and lower saturation while retaining Canon’s stunning skin tones. Also, we keep with the original housing and adding our signature embossing to distinguish it from the crowd.In addition, we are able to convert it to a PL from EF, to make it the perfect setup for a cine lens.We have also made our adjustments between the front and rear elements making maintenance much easier, and with these lenses currently in production, Service parts are now readily available.” Below we see the differences between the standard CN-E and the modified V35. Less contrast and saturation, more highlight.
We like to think of them as the K35 Mark ii. Just enough of the old features with something new and fresh for digital formats. This means more interesting Ares, lower contrast, and lower saturation while retaining Canon’s stunning skin tones.
Dominic Barbero of Northwest Camera Co.
The perfect classic look is achieved when the modified lens is wide open. However, according to Barbero, this modification allows the appearance of even at higher T-stops to be retained, which is very rare. Explore the video below to learn more about the concept and its uniqueness:
So let’s say you want to simulate your old lenses. First, you must own a set (or at least one lens) from a Canon CN-E. Then you contact Northwest Camera to begin the process. The current time is 5-7 weeks after receiving your package. Prices are:
- PL: $3950.00 per lens plus tax/shipping (starting 1/1/22)
- EF: $2300.00 per Lens Plus tax/shipping (starting at 1/1/22)
That would be about $6,500 per lens (for an EF mount including the price of the Canon CN-E Prime).
For a sample shot, check out this video on the Canon V35 paired with the RED Gemini:
Barbero states that the purpose of the upgrade is to provide a less expensive alternative to expensive and rare old lens sets. “The production upgrade will provide an alternative to the more serious sequences, and is designed to match well on a B-camera with the old original K35s,” he adds. To sum it up, you can buy a Canon CN-E Prime for $6,500 and have it converted into a “K35”. It’s worth noting that a real K35 kit will cost you about $2,500 per day (rent). If you wanted to buy the whole set of five K35s, you’d have to break your bank by saying goodbye to $200,000. Price-wise, the V35 Project seems like a good idea. However, it should be noted that in order to get the full “old effect” you will need to shoot with a wide aperture. Curious to explore the following series of modified lenses. What are your reflections on this amendment? Do you want to convert your glass to antique?
Here are the products mentioned in the article, and links to purchase them from authorized dealers.