Canon Expands Its 4K Lens Lineup With New Mid-Range Field Zoom Model
Stephan Jukic – April 2, 2018
Canon has been much slower moving into the world of to the world of 4K cameras themselves than some of its competitors in this area. Despite this though, the company is however a seriously established creator of 4K recording lenses for professional broadcasting needs. Now, they’re cementing their solid reputation in this market further with the release of a new UHD-DigiSuper 66 mid-range telephoto zoom lens lineup for 4K broadcast cameras. The new model, also called the UJ66x99B, offers up optical 4K performance with cameras that have 2/3-inch sensors built into them. The lens comes with a 66x optical zoom ratio that makes it particularly ideal for sports and live action shooting.
It’s essentially the successor to the very similarly designed DigiSuper-86 lens that also supports 4K recording, shown below:
The UHD-DigiSuper 66 also comes with Canon’s Optical Shift Image Stabilizer technology, called Shift-IS, for maximal smoothness during fast-paced long range recording in the extremely fine detail that 4K resolution involves. The new lens model is essentially similar to existing HDTV broadcast camera lenses from the Canon brand in terms of handling and operational controls but with the inclusion of the above 4K-related details and improved stabilization mechanism.
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Canon claims that the DigiSuper 66 lens is ideal for broadcasters who want comfortable maneuverability during indoor or outdoor sportscast recording from either medium-sized broadcasting vans or right in the open arena.
According to Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon USA:
“As Canon continues to put the time and thought into the R&D of Field Lenses, we are very pleased with how the new UHD-DIGISUPER 66 advances the DIGISUPER product line. The new lens delivers improved optical performance and operational enhancements that together meet the needs of 4K UHD production industry demands.”
What the UHD-DigiSuper offers more than anything else, according to Canon, is an “outstanding” level of optical performance for beautiful images, with no loss of sharpness or color being the case across the entire image field captured by the lens, right up to the peripheral edge.
The new lenses also deliver a focal length range of 9mm to 600mm and come with a built-in 2x extender that doubles zoom range capacity up to a total of 1200mm on the telephoto end in the UHD-DigiSuper.
As for the Shift-IS technology of the new 4K lens model, it’s built to create smooth imaging with minimal blur even during long distance 4K shooting at maximal zoom. Under these conditions, even the slightest tremors in camera or lens can create disastrous blur and Shift-IS is built to combat this with the best technology that Canon has thrown at this problem so far.
It’s also worth noting that the new lens is compatible with a range of standard broadcast zoom and focus needs, meaning that it can be integrated fairly easily into existing production setups with older cameras and recording equipment.
Canon is scheduling shipping of the UHD-DigiSuper 66 for the fall of 2018 (though this could move ahead or be delayed a bit further) and the new lens is being given a public showcase for the first time ever at Canon’s booth (booth no: C4325) during the NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 9th to the 12th.