Canon strengthens 4K broadcast lens line-up with flexible hybrid concept BCTV zoom lensBy Ryan Noik 25 September 2020 | Categories: news
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Canon Europe has expanded its range of industry-leading 4K broadcast lenses for 2/3-inch sensor cameras with the launch of the CJ20ex5B.
Apart from having a mouthful of a name, the new lens offers the benefits of Canon’s optical 4K performance with advanced operation. More specifically, the 2-in-1 UHDxs-class lens has a powerful 20x zoom range and 5mm wide-angle – making it suitable for a wide range of broadcast applications such as studio filming, sports production, documentary shooting and news gathering. This lens completes Canon’s 4K BCTV lens line-up – which now boasts 12 portable lens options and six box-type lenses.
Canon has long been about versatility and the new lens is no exception – according to the company, the combination of the CJ20ex5B’s wide angle and zoom capabilities make it an extremely versatile lens.
Boasting a range of 5.0-100mm (10-200mm with optical extender) it supports multiple broadcast use cases. For example, when used for sports broadcast, this lens is the perfect choice for professionals required to film both a panoramic view of an arena and also close-up action from the sideline.
This lightweight (2.2kg) and compact lens enables broadcasters to achieve 4K optical performance – no matter what settings the professional chooses – even when using its built-in 2x extender. With viewer demands for 4K content rising, the CJ20ex5B helps broadcasters future-proof their content when upgrading to 4K systems and workflows.
In addition to this, echoing the durability of a conventional HD lens, Canon stressed that its new portable broadcast zoom lens is also a great choice for outside broadcasting thanks to its high mobility. Ergonomically designed for camera operators filming on their shoulder for long periods of time, the CJ20ex5B’s grip fits the users’ hand comfortably, easing strain and enabling unrestricted shooting capabilities.
Where there is a new lens announcement, there is bound to be a new camera not far behind. The company simultaneously launched its latest addition to its Cinema EOS System line up – the EOS C70, a compact and versatile cinema camera and the first in the range to boast the innovative RF Mount.
The new camera will be announced on Canon Vision – a platform launching at 14:00 CEST on Thursday 24th September 2020 which reproduces the trade show environment virtually. To visit Canon Vision and to view the programme of events the platform will be hosting, those interested can register at the following link: https://www.canon.co.za/pro/events/canon-vision/
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