NAB 2014 video – Larry Thorpe runs us through the new Canon 17-120mm Cine-Servo Zoom Lens

canon-17-120-mm-ENG-Cine-Servo-Lens-Specs-PriceCanon didn’t release any new large sensor cameras at this NAB. Some people are unhappy, others rejoice that Canon takes their time to craft something relevant instead of throwing a spec sheet at us like many manufacturers seem to be in the habit of doing nowadays.
While Canon stays silent on the camera side, they did present a very noteworthy piece of glass at NAB 2014. Their new Cine-Servo Zoom is one of a kind.

Larry Thorpe is a true mastermind when it comes to cinema equipment and explaining the tech behind it. I was very honoured to get the chance to listen to his wisdom on and off camera as I’m a big fan of his talks.
In this video Larry explains all the highlights of Canon’s new Canon CN7x17 KAS S Cine-Servo 17-120mm T2.95.

canon_zoom2This lens is a cine zoom lens for ENG style shooting in 4K resolution. The product feels extremely professional and well built, yet it’s comparably lightweight and small for a cine zoom.
The servo runs ultra-silent and amazingly fast. It can be removed and reapplied without recalibration. The zoom range itself is of particular interest for people looking to cover a very wide range using this in documentary style environments.

Unfortunately this quality comes at a price of $31,350.
If you can lay down that kind of money for your production you can pre-order the lens with either a PL mount or an EF mount.

Here are all the highlights at a glance:
• ENG-Style Zoom, Focus, and Iris Servos
• For Broadcast or Cinema Shooting Styles
• 180° Focus Ring with Knurled Grip
• Double Focus Markings in Feet and Meters
• Zoom Speed: 0.5 to 300 Seconds
• Angle of View Shift Suppression
• Detachable Drive Unit
• Electronic Lens Mount &12-Pin Connector
• 11-Blade Aperture Design
• Covers up to Super 35mm Sized Sensors

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Mike Silverman Reply
Mike Silverman April 16, 2014

It could be nice to rent on a special occasion

Clayton Moore Reply
Clayton Moore April 16, 2014

Very nice but for use with todays LSS cameras very heavy. To balance an LSS camera and that lens on your shouder might as Steve of Zacuto said in your on the couch video, not be the best option for long shooting. Then if your arms are really in good shape, it might work fine.
Aside from that its very impresive what they did with that technology.

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Tim Naylor April 16, 2014

This is truly good news. Finally a LW hand held zoom that covers 95 % of your needs. This will be great for doc or even fast moving narrative/episodic. Move over Fujinon.