Canon Intros New Lenses for Broadcast, Expands 4K Production Options
Canon U.S.A.’s big news at NAB for broadcasters includes some new lenses as well as an expanded 4K production system that will be put to use by top filmmakers and other content creators. Topping the list of lens intros for sports broadcasters is the newXJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses deliver, respectively, a maximum wide angle of 8.8mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 57.2 degrees; approximately five percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses), and a maximum wide angle of 9mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 56.1 degrees; approximately three percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses). The XJ80x8.8B also includes a new built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS) as a standard feature.
Also new is the HJ17ex6.2B HD lens for 2/3-inch ENG cameras, with a broad focal length range from 6.2mm to 106mm (212mm with built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4m (shortened by approximately 30 percent compared to previous models).
Next-generation 4K gear, including the EOS-1D C digital SLR camera and a lineup that includes four new EF Cinema zoom lenses, two Cinema EOS cameras, and advanced display technology to deliver 4K resolution, are also on display.
The newest model in the line of EOS DSLR cameras and the first to be designed as a member of the Cinema EOS system, the EOS-1D C Digital SLR records video at 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) resolution to support high-end motion picture, television production and other advanced imaging applications.
The Canon EOS-1D C Digital SLR camera incorporates the Canon Log Gamma to enable the recording of high-quality video while also providing a high level of color-grading freedom. The camera includes an 18.1-megapixel full-frame 24mm x 36mm Canon CMOS sensor with the ability to record 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to the camera’s CF memory card or Full HD video. Additional features include an expanded sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600 for exceptional motion-imaging results with reduced noise even in low-light settings.
The four new EF Cinema zoom lenses are designed to deliver exceptional optical performance on 4K resolution Super 35mm-equivalent cameras. Each of the four lenses features a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and Steadicamshooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths. Included are two wide-angle cine zooms – the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (for EF mounts) and the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (for PL mounts) – and two telephoto cine zooms – the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (for EF mounts) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (for PL mounts).