Canon Announces Compact-Servo 18-80mm Zoom Lens

Canon Compact-Servo CN-E18-80mm T4.4

Canon has pulled the curtain on its newest lens, one that will bridge the gap between traditional Canon EF Photography Lenses and CN-E Cinema Lenses. The Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF lens (Preorder here) combines the benefits of compact size and light weight (only 2.7 lbs.) for outstanding mobility. Designed to shoot video, this lens can be ideal for the cinematographer moving up from EF lenses, combining the functionality of Canon’s EF lenses with the video shooting features of Cinema lenses.

Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF Lens

The Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 Zoom Lens is a cinema-style lens that includes a newly developed servo drive unit and incorporates Image Stabilization and Autofocus functionality. The lens also supports 4K image productions and was designed to be able to be utilized in a variety of shooting styles, including both large and small productions. Canon seems to be targeting C100, C300, C500 users who aren’t able to justify the $20,000-$60,000 for a Cine-Servo Lens.

The Compact-Servo 18-80mm Zoom Lens is compatible with EF- mount Super 35mm large-format cameras, and maintains brightness across the entire focal range at T4.4 (equivalent to F4.0). The lens even possesses optical image stabilization, something not normally found on cine lenses. Filmmakers can control many of the features of the lens through the EF-mount communication, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF, push auto iris, record start and stop and remote lens control via the camera with an optional remote control, compensation for chromatic aberration (when paired with the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema Camera), metadata acquisition, and selection of T-number display. The nine-blade iris aperture diaphragm will give footage a “cinematic” look and feel, while providing a “bokeh” effect in out-of-focus areas.

An optional servo grip is available (ZGC-C10), which adds ENG-style control and operation. It can even be mounted to the end of a shoulder rig for more versatility and comfort. The Compact-Servo 18-80 is also compatible with other servo grips, such as the ZSD-300D and FPD-400D.

Canon Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF lens

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

Mount Type – EF
Focal Length – 18 to 80 mm
Zoom Ratio – 4.4x
Image Circle – 31.4 mm
Coverage – Super 35 / APS-C
Maximum Relative Aperture – T4.4 (f/4)
Number of Aperture Blades – 9
Angle of View – 24.6 x 13.8mm Imaging Area (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio):
68.7° x 41.9° at 18mm
17.5° x 9.9° at 80mm

26.2 x 13.8mm Imaging Area (1.9:1 Aspect Ratio):
72.1° x 41.9° at 18 mm
18.6° x 9.9° at 80 mm

Minimum Object Distance – 1.7′ (0.5 m)
Object Dimensions at M.O.D. – 24.6 x 13.8mm Imaging Area (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio):
17.1 x 9.6″ (43.4 x 24.3 cm) at 18mm
3.7 x 2.1″ (9.5 x 5.3 cm) at 80mm

26.2 x 13.8mm Imaging Area (1.9:1 Aspect Ratio):
18.2 x 9.6″ (46.2 x 24.3 cm) at 18 mm
4.0 x 2.1″ (10.1 x 5.3 cm) at 80 mm
Front Lens Diameter – 84 mm
Filter Thread – 77 mm
Dimensions – 3.7 x 4.2 x 7.2″ (9.34 x 10.72 x 18.23 cm)
Weight – 2.65 lb (1.2 kg)

Pre-Order the Canon Compact-Servo CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S Lens

 

Canon C300 Mark II Tutorial Series

The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera takes the agility of the original EOS C300 and dials it up a notch. In this video tutorial series, hosted by Canon Digital Learning Center contributor, Jem Schofield, take a look at the new internal and external features of this camera and how it compares and differs from its predecessor. These videos will give you the information you need to make the most of this camera system and hit the ground running in any production environment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COOca0hypec
This video is an overview of the camera: button placement, menu options, and hardware changes such as the battery, LEMO connector and accessory cables. Continue reading “Canon C300 Mark II Tutorial Series”

Canon C300 $2000 Instant Rebates & New C300 + 24-70mm F2.8 Kit

Canon has made several significant changes to the Canon C300 line effective today.

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Canon C300 Auto Focus Feature Upgrade Announced

Canon announced today that the Canon C300 will get the same Auto Focus Feature Upgrade that was previously announced for the Canon C100.

The C300 Auto Focus Upgrade is scheduled to be available late May 2014 for a fee of $500 directly through Canon.

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EOS C300 Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade

Originally introduced in the Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR camera, Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology is designed to provide continuous autofocus when shooting in single operator, or run-and-gun set-ups like documentaries, weddings, events, or electronic news gathering (ENG). When used in combination with an STM lens, this technology allows for the capture of high quality video without the interruption of noise by the focusing motor.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an innovative image-plane phase-detection AF technology that employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously. Although camera operators can still focus manually, this new optional feature upgrade can enable smooth continuous AF with phase detection, a particularly useful feature when shooting with a small crew or single-operator run-and-gun filming and cinéma vérité style shoots.

The optional Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera supports continuous AF with all compatible Canon EF series lenses when shooting subjects positioned in the center of the imaging area. The technology involves complementary use of a contrast signal to achieve advanced autofocus stability that helps reduce the occurrence of loss of focus on a subject. Also included is an AF Lock which allows users to lock a focus point once AF is achieved and recompose the shot. Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF also nearly doubles the speed of the EOS C300 Cinema camera’s One-Shot AF function, which enables a DP to focus on a subject located at the center of the screen with the push of a button, a feature that is currently supported on 104 Canon EF lens models.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera will be made available to users through an authorized Canon service center. For more information please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://pro.usa.canon.com/EOSC300FeatureUpgrade.

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Canon C300 is UK’s most rented camera of the year

Televisual just announced the results of  their 2013 survey of UK based rental houses.

The Canon C300 came in at #1 with the Arri Alexa coming at at #2.

At Texas Media Systems, we are not surprised at the survey results. Rental houses are often early buyers of the latest and greatest cameras. The C300 continues to be a strong seller to the rental house market, proving growing demand by rental customers.

Check out the full article in the March issue of Televisual.

Canon C300 $13999 In Stock at Texas Media Systems

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