Canon Europe has expanded its range of industry-leading 4K broadcast lenses for two/three-inch sensor cameras with the launch of the CJ20ex5B.
Offering the benefits of Canon’s optical 4K performance with advanced operation, the two-in-one 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 newsgathering.
The lens completes Canon’s 4K BCTV lens line-up – which now boasts 12 portable lens options and six box-type lenses.
“For over 60 years Canon has been producing industry-leading, optically-excellent innovative lenses for broadcast – the CJ20ex5B continues this commitment. Supporting 4K resolution from the centre of the image to the outer edges and advanced lens coating, the CJ20ex5B fully meets the high-level requirements for 4K HDR broadcast productions.
“What’s more, the lens is compatible with cameras that support chromatic aberration correction for BT.2020 colour gamut and meets the rising demand for new industry standards,” said Canon.
According to a statement by Canon, the combination of the CJ20ex5B’s wide-angle and zoom capabilities make it an extremely versatile lens. With a range of 5.0-100mm (10-200mm with optical extender), it supports multiple broadcast use cases.
For example, when used for sports broadcast, the 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.
It added, “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.”
The CJ20ex5B is equipped with a 16-bit absolute value encoder that can read out highly accurate positional information of each lens settings – zoom focus and iris without initialising the lens.
Its 3 x 20pin connectors enable the lens to read out such information even when using the zoom and focus controllers at the same time. This is perfect for professionals looking for lens compatibility with various virtual systems.