Canon has unveiled a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality – the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S. Designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers using large-format, single-sensor cameras, the lens strengthens Canon’s line of cine-servo lenses, following in the footsteps of the CN7x17 and CN20x50. The latest addition offers the perfect balance of operability with outstanding precision and quality, giving videographers the power to capture exceptional footage.
Available out-of-the-box, the lens includes a servo engine which is powered via EF mount connectors, supporting hand-held shooting. For increased versatility, Canon is launching the ZSG-C10, an optional dedicated zoom grip, ideal for use with hand-held rigs. Free of charge, Canon is also announcing today a firmware upgrade to the CN7x17 cine-servo lens, adding Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Push Auto Iris and one shot or continuous AF when used with Canon Cinema EOS C100 and C300 cameras[ii].
Outstanding 4K optical performance
Based on Canon’s heritage in optical design and performance, the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is equipped with a resolving power that matches 4K, producing exceptionally high quality images. The 18-80 mm focal length equates to 4.4x zoom ratio with stable T4.4 number maintained across the entire zoom range from the center to the edges. Thanks to three Canon Image Stabilization modes, the lens ensures complete stability even during hand-held shooting, perfect for wedding videographers. The CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S also features a nine blade diaphragm, to give the much loved ‘bokeh’ look and is colour balanced, matching other Cinema EOS lenses.
The perfect companion for single-shooters
Weighing in at just 1.2kg, the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is Canon’s smallest and lightest cine-servo lens to date, providing instant benefits for mobile videographers, such as those shooting news and interviews. Its compact size and weight also means it can be used for drone-style shooting or in discreet or restricted positions. It’s also incredibly easy to function, negating the need to switch between lenses, opening up a variety of shooting opportunities for single users.
The CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S has an incredible servo performance as the servo unit is incorporated on the body, enabling precise digital zoom operations. Users such as documentary and filmmakers are able to achieve maximum speed and responsiveness with seamless switching between auto and manual focusing and zoom. For those using a shoulder-style rig or shooting hand-held in challenging positions, the ZSG-C10 is a perfect accessory – the grip simply attaches to the side of the lens, offering simple integration and zoom management.
The lens features minimal focus breathing, thanks to the 3-group inner focus system. Users are able to quickly change focus without losing viewing angles, perfect for those capturing fast moving activity such as in adverts or corporate film.
The CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S will be available November 2016.