Canon launches two HDTV portable zoom lenses with improved image stabilization and new drive unit
London, UK, 26 August 2016 - Canon today announces the launch of the HJ40ex10B and HJ40ex14B, two HDTV portable zoom lenses offering a 40x zoom ratio, a new drive unit, and enhanced image stabilization. The lenses build on the incredible optical performance of their predecessors - the HJ40x10B and HJ40x14B - which have established a solid reputation in the industry since they were unveiled in 2001.
Meeting the diverse needs of broadcasters and production companies
The HJ40ex10B and HJ40ex14B deliver exceptional image stabilization performance, thanks to Canon’s Image Stabilizer (IS) technology which uses an optical shift-type system to intelligently detect and correct camera movement. Impressively, the lenses are able to rapidly determine whether wind or vibrations are causing the lens to shake, or whether it is due to pan-tilt movement.
The renowned optics of the lenses enable stable telephoto shooting, making them ideal for capturing impressive close-ups, perfect for shooting nature or sport, as well as the broadcasting of large-scale events and concerts.
Fitting perfectly into existing workflows
The new drive unit has a built-in, high-performance encoder that outputs zoom, focus and iris information with high accuracy. This information can then be outputted to a virtual system¹ enabling users to accurately combine computer-generated imagery with live video. The drive unit also incorporates a display for added convenience when performing various function settings.
For even quicker framing when shooting, the lenses are up to 20% faster than their predecessors when zooming from the wide-angle end to the telephoto end. Both lenses achieve movement across the entire zoom range in as few as 1.2 seconds, enabling even faster framing.
¹ A system that superimposes CG graphics over the live video coverage of sporting telecasts, weather reports, etc.