NEP Takes First Delivery of Canon’s 4K UHD-DIGISUPER 111 Lenses, To Deploy Them for AFC Championship
The lens and a new 122X version will capture high-resolution, high-contrast video of the action
NEP will be the first to deploy Canon’s new 4K UHD-DIGISUPER 111 broadcast lens during a live broadcast in the U.S., using it this Sunday at the AFC Championship in Kansas City, Mo. Announced along with the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 at IBC 2018, the UHD-DIGISUPER 111 features a 111X zoom, delivering a whopping 925mm on the telephoto end (1,850mm with the built-in 2X extender) and an 8.3mm wide setting.
“Television production is an ever-evolving business, and we continually strive to stay on the cutting edge of broadcast technology,” says Glen Levine, president, US Mobile Units division, NEP. “We spend considerable time collaborating with our manufacturing partners to optimize our product offerings. When Canon told us about these new lenses, we were excited about their evolution and quality.”
In addition to the new 111X lens, NEP will deploy Canon’s new 122X lens, among others, for coverage of the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Both lenses have the ability to exceed 4K resolution, providing high-quality color reproduction from wide end to telephoto end.
“The tight zoom of these lenses helps bring viewers closer to the action, while keeping the wide angle,” adds Levine. “Plus, the optical performance we gain by using 4K lenses enables us to capture better 1080p HDR images to create a more visually compelling story. We know several of our clients will be anxious to see them as well.”
Canon’s flagship 4K field zoom broadcast lens, the UHD-DIGISUPER 122, features the world’s widest angle and world’s longest focal length — 8.2mm at the wide end and 1,000mm at the telephoto end — and the world’s highest zoom ratio: 122X. The UHD-DIGISUPER 111 features a 111X zoom ratio and a focal-length range of 8.3mm to 925mm. Both new lenses deliver the ability to record high-resolution and high-contrast video from the center to peripheral areas of the imaging field.
Additionally, both lenses are the first Canon 4K field zoom lenses with Canon’s proprietary Air Sphere Coating (ASC), which reduces flaring and ghosting compared with previous lens coatings. ASC coating enhances both the high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) of the lenses, providing more-natural and more-vivid tonality, which is increasingly in demand for broadcast productions.
Both lenses adopt Canon’s proprietary shift-type optical image-stabilization mechanism that achieves a high-suppression rate in wide frequency bands and leads to smooth images. Very little image fluctuation is seen even during high-frequency vibrations.