Canon To Offer Lower-Cost 4K UHD Portable And Telephoto Lenses

Recognizing that 4K UHD production has been slow to be embraced by video production companies and TV stations in the U.S., Canon has announced a new lower-cost UHDgc series of 2/3-inch portable zoom lenses that will be on display at the 2018 NAB Show. The new lenses complement Canon’s existing UHDxs series.

Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., said that as 4K UHD origination becomes more popular in television news, the need for affordable lenses that can deliver the necessary imaging performance has grown.

Available later this year at a price point that is “more accessible” to the majority of the broadcast market, the company said these three new portable zoom 4K UHD broadcast lenses—the models CJ24ex7.5B, CJ18ex7.6B and CJ14ex4.3B—provide UHD optical performance while maintaining a compact and lightweight design to meet a wide range of needs for video productions that include documentaries, sports, events and news coverage.

The CJ24ex7.5B, CJ18ex7.6B and CJ14ex4.3B utilize Canon’s proprietary optical design technology featuring materials such as fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass to achieve high 4K UHD performance across the entire zoom range. In addition, the lenses support the wide color gamut approved by the ITU-R BT.2020 UHD broadcasting standard. These features are essential to HDR imaging. The lens ergonomics and digital servo operational controls are similar to previously announced Canon portable zoom lenses, providing users with maximum mobility in a variety of shooting situations.

The Canon CJ24ex7.5B and CJ14ex4.3B 4K Portable Zoom Lenses are scheduled to be available in summer 2018, while the CJ18ex7.6B lens is scheduled to be available in fall 2018.

The new UHD-DIGISUPER 66 4kUHD telephoto lens features a 66x zoom ratio, making it ideal for sports and live event productions.

The new UHD-DIGISUPER 66 4kUHD telephoto lens features a 66x zoom ratio, making it ideal for sports and live event productions.

At the NAB Show, Canon will also show a new mid-range 2/3-inch telephoto zoom lens for 4K UHD broadcast cameras, the model UHD-DIGISUPER 66 (UJ66x9B). The new lens features a 66x zoom ratio, making it ideal for sports and live event productions. Leveraging Canon’s Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS), it provides both handling and operational controls similar to existing field zoom lenses for HDTV broadcast cameras, while also offering stable imaging and comfortable maneuverability during indoor and outdoor sports broadcasting, and medium-size mobile production trucks.

Canon said the new UHD-DIGISUPER 66 offers high-quality optical performance, resulting in beautiful images with no loss of sharpness or color from the center to the peripheral areas of image field. It lens possesses a focal length range of 9mm to 600mm, and features a built-in 2x extender that allows users to double the zoom range capabilities of the lens – up to 1200mm on the telephoto end. Additionally, Canon’s proprietary Shift-IS technology delivers smooth imaging with minimal blur during 4K shooting: a scenario in which even the most minor vibrations can severely impact the image. The lens is also compatible with standard broadcast zoom and focus demands, allowing for easy integration into a production setup.

The UHD-DIGISUPER 66 is scheduled to begin shipping in fall 2018. 

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