Canon launches next-generation portable zoom lens for 4K broadcast cameras featuring newly developed digital drive unit

Canon Europe recently debuted the CJ27ex7.3B IASE T, a cutting-edge lens designed to capture 4K HDR image quality with wide-angle and telephoto capabilities, boasting a newly developed e-Xs V drive unit. This portable zoom lens aims to redefine industry standards, offering compatibility with 4K broadcast cameras equipped with 2/3-inch sensors and showcasing a  7.3-197mm focal length range alongside a 2.0x optical extender.

Expanding upon Canon’s UHDxs series, this innovation promises users enhanced flexibility and an elevated shooting experience across a spectrum of scenarios, from live broadcasting to news gathering and studio production, the company stated.

The CJ27ex7.3B IASE T stands out with its unparalleled coverage and telephoto reach, currently leading the market in its category. Boasting a formidable 27x optical zoom spanning from an impressive 7.3mm wide angle to a 197mm focal length at the telephoto end, this lens emerges as the ultimate tool for capturing the perfect shot.

Equipped with a built-in 2.0x extender, which effectively doubles the maximum reach to 394mm, the lens ensures consistent optical performance across all shooting scenarios, from close-ups of athletes on the field to expansive landscapes, offering unparalleled versatility for every situation.

From center to edge, the lens delivers great 4K HDR performance, underpinned by advanced technologies such as the multi-group zoom and floating focus system. Engineered to meet broadcast standards, advanced chromatic aberration correction and coating technologies ensure sharp, precise rendering of subjects.

The CJ27ex7.3B IASE T debuts Canon’s upgraded e-Xs V drive unit, setting new benchmarks in operability and functionality. Featuring three 20-pin connectors, a newly integrated USB-C port for diverse applications including remote control and firmware updates, and a 16-bit encoder for precise lens data output, this unit emerges as a great choice for a myriad of shooting scenarios, including virtual productions and on-the-go broadcasting.

Enhanced by its lightweight and compact design, the lens prioritizes mobility and user comfort. Weighing approximately 2.10kg, and featuring a re-engineered drive unit, the ergonomic design ensures exceptional maneuverability in various broadcasting scenarios, in the company’s words.

Jack Adair, Product Specialist at Canon Europe, commented, “With its expansive focal range, unrivaled optical performance, and advanced features, this lens truly sets a new standard for broadcasting equipment. Representing the culmination of our commitment to innovation, it empowers users to capture stunning footage in any environment, whether outdoors or in the studio. It marks the dawn of a new era in broadcast lenses, with a line we will continue to expand.”

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