Canon unveils its first two zoom lenses for 8K broadcast cameras
The development of the new zoom lenses for 8K broadcast cameras showcase Canon’s optical technologies. In recent years, productions such as documentaries and broadcasts of sporting events have begun to adopt 8K equipment to deliver ultra-high-resolution video around the world.
Consequently, there is demand for essential technological developments and the stable supply of equipment optimised for 8K standards covering input, transmission and output.
The introduction of these two broadcast lenses, realising 8K ultra-high resolution in its line-up show how Canon aims to meet the needs of broadcasters, and the increased demand for higher image quality in video.
The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 achieves incredible optical performance, from the centre to the peripheral areas of image field – supporting 8K broadcast cameras. Canon’s first 8K field zoom lens, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 realises a focal length range of 15.5mm to 790mm, the world’s longest focal length in it’s class, and the world’s-highest zoom ratio of 51x.
In addition to it’s high zoom ratio, the lens maintains similar handling to existing field zoom lenses for 4K cameras that employ 2/3-inch sensors, making it simpler to transition to 8K production while retaining the same shooting style as with 4K production.
The lens makes the capture of realistic, high-resolution video in a wide range of scenarios possible, including indoor and outdoor sports broadcasting or in medium-sized broadcasting vans.
7×10.7 KAS S
The 7×10.7 KAS S covers a focal length range from 10.7mm to 75mm, making it the world’s first portable zoom lens for 8K broadcast cameras to offer a 7x zoom ratio.
The lens achieves resolution and contrast from the centre to the periphery of the image – supporting 8K broadcast cameras while maintaining similar handling to existing portable zoom lenses for 4K cameras, that employ 2/3-inch sensors.
The lens also maintains the manoeuvrability demanded of broadcast equipment for shooting scenarios such as, shoulder-mounted shooting, transporting equipment for video production needs, documentary shooting, and broadcasting applications.