Meet Canon’s Cine Servo Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens: The World’s Longest 4K Lens
by Stephan Jukic – October 17th, 2014
Meet the CINE-SERVO 50mm-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-telephoto Zoom Lens from Canon. If you’ve been wanting the ability to go from 50mm to 1000mm in one single lens while shooting in 4K, Canon has really made the product for you.
The company announced the CINE-SERVO only a few days ago and already the lens is garnering plenty of attention from professional videographers.
Labeled as the world’s longest ultra telephoto zoom lens for 4K large format single sensor cameras, the price tag on the CINE-SERVO is just as massive as its zoom range. This baby costs a whopping $78 thousand dollars.
The CINE-SERVO is designed for use specifically with Canon’s EOS C-series cameras but it is also a flexible device given its availability in both EF and PL mounts. In other words, anyone with a Canon DSLR and enough money to buy this beast can give it a twirl without adoption problems.
Furthermore, the 50-1000mm zoom range isn’t even as far as the lens is capable of going. There is also a built-in 15x magnifier that thus extends maximum range considerably further to a 75-1500 mm range.
The optics on this beast are designed with 4K video shooting in mind and have been built to cover the popular (for 4K video) Super 35mm frame size. Inside the lens, there is also an 11 blade iris and a removable digital drive unit that can be used with a zoom switch.
Of course, the great specs don’t stop there. This lens is also capable of programming zoom and focus settings, thus allowing you to move your rack focus on the fly to whatever setting you want it. The lens can in fact go from full-wide to telephoto in as little as 1.5 seconds or can prolong this enormously and change between the two over the course of 180 seconds.
This powerhouse of a lens is definitely going to find its way to the sidelines of professional sporting events and it also wouldn’t be surprising if a number of professional nature documentary film producers also decided to give it a spin.
One particularly useful camera with the CINE-SERVO would be the Canon EOS C500, which is the camera this lens is most compatible with. Given the C500 is a 4K video camera, it being combined with this monster of a lens would create an extremely powerful tool for the production of ultra sharp long distance shots of high speed movements such as who hits base first in a baseball game or who wins a race in the Formula 1.
Despite the fact that many sports broadcasters actually transmit in 720p, filming with this lens and a Canon 4K DSLR in full 4K will allow them to edit their sports shoots with zero loss of quality and with the ability to make huge reframes.
The CINE-SERVO superzoom lens weighs a hefty 14.6 pounds, has a length of 15.9 inches and will come with a price tag of $78,000 when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2015.
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