Canon Announces Compact-Servo18-80mm Zoom Lens

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Deejay and I talked about this on the DSLR FILM NOOB podcast last Friday… he's convinced this is only for EF-S mount (due to the mention of the super35 sensor size in the PR). 

While being moderately priced at $5k, it is still out of the reach of many very low budget filmmakers and I know I won't be picking one up – but it also just doesn't fit my needs.

I'm glad to see tho a more modest price in a Canon cine zoom!

What I don't understand is this quote:

features auto focus and optical image stabilization with compatible camera models only

Neither Deejay nor I could really figure out what they mean when they say optical IS is only available when hooked to ‘compatible cameras' – since when does IS only function on some Canon cameras? I've got to hunt down Chuck Westfall at NAB to find out about this.

Canon's New Versatile Compact-Servo 18-80mm Zoom Lens Will Have Shooters Smiling About Quality, Performance and Price

New Lens Features 4K Optical Performance, Enhanced Servo Drive Unit, Image Stabilization* and Autofocus*Functions- Ideal for ENG, Documentary, and Budding Filmmakers

Canon Announces Compact-Servo18-80mm Zoom Lens

Via Canon Press:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 13, 2016 –Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce today the new Compact-Servo18-80mm Zoom Lens (model name CN-E18-80mm T4.4L IS KAS S), a compact and lightweight 4K-ready lens constructed for optimal mobility. A bridge between traditional Canon EF photography lenses and CN-E cinema lenses,the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mmcan be ideal for filmmakers and documentary shooters who want the control and quality of cinema optics with the lightweight, compact design and features of photography lenses.The first in a new class of Canon lenses, the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mmZoom Lensis a cinema-style lens that includes a newlydeveloped servo drive unit as a standard feature. Additionally, the lens incorporates Image Stabilization*and Autofocus* functionality, two extremely useful features not commonly found in cinema lenses, but whichare ubiquitous in photography lenses. The lens alsoprovides high image quality that supports 4K image productions and was designed to be able to be utilized in a variety of shooting styles including, hand-held, shoulder mounted, and tripod mounted.

“The new COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mmZoom Lensushers in a new class of optics for Canon. Featuring the outstanding build-quality and excellent optical performanceprofessionals have come to expect from Canon, this new lens provides videographers with an affordable and versatile option when stepping up from EF lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are excited about the new form factor this lens takes on and can’t wait to see how the imaging community utilizes it.”

Canon Announces Compact-Servo18-80mm Zoom Lens

Covering the commonly used focal length range of 18mm to 80mm, this new Zoom Lens combines the functionality of Canon EF lenses with the precision and cinematic look of Canon Cinema lenses. The new COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm Zoom Lens is 4K-ready and features auto focus and optical image stabilization with compatible camera models only, resulting in high-resolution imagery, with the ability to assist filmmakers in capturing the shot they envisioned. Compatible with EF- mount Super 35mm large-format cameras, the lens maintains brightness across the entire focal range at T4.4 (equal to F4.0). For added convenience, videographers can control many of the features of the lens in a variety of ways 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 COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm Zoom Lens features a nine-blade iris aperture diaphragm to help give footage a truly artistic and beautiful look and feel, providing the much desired “bokeh” effect in the out-of-focus areas. For improved operability, focus breathing has been greatly reduced due to the three group inner focusing system.

The lens comes equipped with a newly developed Servo Drive Unit, which provides seamless switching between servo and manual modes, allowing videographers motorized control of focus, zoom, and iris settings. The Servo Drive Unit is compatible with broadcast style industry-standard lens controllers including Canon’s ZSD-300D or FPD-400D.  To further enhance ease-of-use for ENG and “run-and-gun” style shooters, Canon has developed an optional grip accessory specifically designed for the new lens, the ZSG-C10. The grip accessory connects to the camera through a 20-pin cable, allowing a variety of lens functions to be controlled from the grip, including zooming via a zoom rocker switch, one-shot AF and the starting and stopping of a recording. When the lens and grip are being used with the EOS C100 Mark II or EOS C300 Mark II Cinema Cameras, users will also have the ability to control the zoom and iris from the camera’s grip unit.

The Canon COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm Zoom Lens and ZSG-C10 accessory grip are scheduled to be available later in 2016 for an estimated retail price of $5,500 and $499 respectively.** Additional lenses in the COMPACT-SERVO lens class will be announced in the near future. For more information please visit,www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/lenses/cinema/compact-servo/compact-servo-18-80mm-t4-4-ef.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

* These functions are enabled with compatible camera models only, including Canon’s Cinema EOS C100 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark II

** Availability, prices, and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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