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Canon Shows 4K Broadcast Zoom Lens at NAB 2015

Canon will exhibit a prototype of their first 4K field zoom lens at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas.

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Developed as a new model in Canon’s DIGISUPER series of studio and field broadcasting lenses, which have garnered high acclaim from professionals in the industry, the 4K field zoom lens is for use with 4K-capable broadcast cameras featuring 2/3-inch sensors.

As 4K-resolution content, which traces its beginnings to the movie-production industry, continues to gain ground in the broadcasting industry, initiatives are currently underway to implement 4K broadcasting in countries around the world with an increasing number of professionals making use of equipment supporting 4K production. Canon wants to be able to offer solutions in the area, so they’re expanding their DIGISUPER series with this 4K model.

In addition to offering a high level of imaging performance supporting 4K-resolution video capture, the new lens will feature specifications and a body size that help facilitate a high level of operability and ease of use on par with Canon’s HD broadcast lens models, making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including sports and live concert telecasts.

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Details regarding product specifications and pricing are yet to be announced, however, Canon is aiming to market the 4K field zoom lens in late 2015, positioning it as the first model in the company’s new UHD-DIGISUPER series. The new lens will bring together Canon’s latest optical technologies for use with 4K-capable and other next-generation broadcast cameras. In this way, Canon will continue responding to the needs of a wide range of users by further strengthening its broadcast lens lineup.

The first BCTV lens from Canon was introduced in 1958. Labeled the “Field Zoom IF-1” this lens featured a 6.7x zoom range, which was the highest in the industry at the time. Since that time Canon has advanced the art of high-end optical design on many fronts in close collaboration with international broadcasters and producers in an unceasing pursuit of product innovation and customer satisfaction.


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