Canon adds zoom lens to 4K broadcast studio range

The new lens has an 18x zoom with a focal length of 7.6mm-137mm

Canon has expanded its 2/3-inch 4K broadcast studio zoom lens range with the addition of the compact and lightweight CJ18ex7.6B KASE.

Delivering what the company describes as “exceptional performance, operability, and affordability,” the new lens has an 18x zoom with a focal length of 7.6mm-137mm and “incredible optical performance” making it suitable for 4K broadcast productions.

It has a new design without an extender and a smaller and lighter body that is said to be ideal for studio productions where extended zoom ranges are not required.

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4K Optical Quality
As broadcast studios increasingly shift to 4K systems and workflows, Canon’s strengthened 4K lens series offers the best of its optical technology, while representing excellent value for money that will be a good up-front investment for users. Reinforced with the best features of Canon’s high-end 4K lens series, the CJ18ex7.6B KASE delivers sharp 4K resolution from the centre of the screen to its edges.

Capable of delivering clear images, with minimal chromatic aberration and colour fringing, this lens employs an optimised arrangement of fluorite and UD glass. With special glass coatings and a carefully designed internal lens barrel which prevent reflections, the CJ18ex7.6B KASE experiences minimal flaring and ghosting. Together these features ensure operators can capture images with high tonality, clarity and contrast to support HDR. This, along with the aberration correction data based on the latest BT.2020 colour space, provides higher quality images with more realistic textures and depth – perfect for capturing interviews.

Compact, ergonomic design
Great for shoulder-mount shooting and interviewing, the CJ18ex7.6B KASE eases the strain on camera operators filming for long periods of time. The ergonomically designed grip fits comfortably in the hand, while offering greater control and enhanced handling during operation. Likewise, the lightweight, yet durable construction of this model gives users the robustness and mobility needed for capturing documentary and reportage style content.

Enhanced compatibility
Enabling the readout of high accuracy positional information for focus, zoom and iris control, the CJ18ex7.6B KASE employs three 20-pin connectors that ensure integration with various virtual studio systems even with a full servo setup of focus and zoom controllers connected. A high-resolution 16-bit encoder also ensures accurate positional information detection of the lens settings, allowing for easy calibration when matching actual and virtual images.

The CJ18ex7.6B KASE will be available from June.

At the same time, the company has launched the EOS C300 Mark III. The next-generation Cinema EOS System camera has a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor, modular design and the ability to record in multiple formats.

Also new is the CN10X25 IAS S, an 8K-capable 25mm-250mm 10x power zoom CINE-SERVO lens with exceptionally broad focal length range and capabilities to extend up to 375mm using its built-in 1.5x optical extender.

In addition to this, Canon has announced new firmware updates for its professional display monitors and Cinema EOS System cameras.

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