RED Pushes Hybrid Imaging Forward with 'Smart' Canon Lens Mount

One of the reasons you hear so much about cameras on this site is not because cameras are all that important -- which camera you shoot on is only a tiny part of the decision-making that goes into making a film -- but because at no time in history has motion picture imaging changed so rapidly as right now. One of the ways it's changing most significantly is in the convergence between still and motion imaging, and RED is at the forefront with their DSMCs. Their latest news is that they will soon start shipping their Canon mount, and it brings a lot of firsts to the table for a serious motion picture camera.

First of all, if you're planning on using the same camera for stills as you are for feature films, suddenly that PL mount might not be optimal for all conditions. Movies typically use manual focus, stills typically use autofocus. Even though I have the Eg-S Super Precision Matte Focusing Screen installed in my 5D Mark II, when it comes to looking at a 21 megapixel image, I invariably discover that I still can't focus all that accurately with my primes. So it follows that it'd be nice to use Canon's proven autofocus lenses, complete with all of their features. From RED's Jarred Land, here are some details on the RED Canon mount, which has already been used by Vincent Laforet:

  • The Canon lens mount is "SMART" which means it controls camera Iris, Image Stabilization, and Autofocus electronically, via the various control options with EPIC ( touch screen, side handle, REDMOTE )
  • All lens data available from the lens will be stored in the R3D metadata. There is on screen displays for iris stop, focal length ( including zooms ) and the current focus distance in inches or mm.
  • Image Stabilization is functional on the entire stabilized lens lineup.
  • Deposits will open on RED.COM in the store in the next couple days. Price for the smart Titanium Canon mount is $2000.

There is a very long list of supported lenses in the thread, so serious Canon photographers should rejoice at the fact that their lenses will work on the EPIC. Until this lens mount comes out, the potential for the EPIC as a stills camera is severely limited; it's a big deal. As I said at the top of the post -- at no time in history has motion picture imaging changed so rapidly as right now (this includes, in addition to hybrid still/motion imaging, the increased resolution and sensitivity of digital motion picture cameras, 3D (both with and without glasses), and plenoptic imaging). Stay tuned!

Link: Everything you wanted to know about the EPIC Canon Mount - REDUSER

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$2000?!?!? Seriously? For a lens mount adapter. Woah.

August 29, 2011 at 2:54PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


For a lens mount adapter? No.

For an entire electronic lens mount. Made out of titanium with a PL-style locking ring. With full electronic control of iris, focus, and IS. Which has been specifically calibrated for individual lenses to ensure optimal performance. And which interfaces with the camera and REDLINK to allow wireless focus/iris manipulation. Which is not to mention the coming touch focus, and the programmable and autofocus features it will offer.

So it's a lot more than a "dumb" bit of machined metal that lets one use Nikon lenses on a Canon body.

August 29, 2011 at 10:06PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Absolutely. And keep in mind this is meant for a rig that, lenses included, might be approaching six figures in total. Also, RED can't compete with the economies of scale that mass-produced consumer electronic devices like DSLRs have going for them (I'm not sure that this mount is made in the US, but I think it is).

August 29, 2011 at 10:17PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

That would be sick if they made a wireless FF that just controlled the autofocus engine, like the shitty usb ones, but was way better

August 29, 2011 at 4:06PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Alexander Miller

:D 2000 $ and I LOLed....wait a minute. You are kidding me, right ?
Insanity has a new name and its colour is RED!

August 29, 2011 at 5:14PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Where does everyone think RED makes their money? It's hardly the cameras, especially when you compare a bare Alexa to an Epic-X brain and it's half the price but almost twice the specifications. Sony's new camera is more comparable to an Epic-X, and it's almost $100,000.

RED's accessories are notoriously expensive, and it's to compensate for the low margins on cameras. Their media is also much more expensive than off the shelf media.

@Alexander Miller - The REDmote does exactly what you're saying, you should check it out.

August 29, 2011 at 5:48PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Dear Koo and other sorry for OT but I'd like to ask what you think about this topic.
10-bit h264 could be in every consumer stuff now. I heard even VLC player supports it.

August 30, 2011 at 4:40AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


i want know ho much about camera canon smart?

October 23, 2011 at 12:32PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM