Canon introduced their first servo-driven Cine Zoom Lens with autofocus at NAB 2016. But the new Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 compact servo zoom comes with an odd trait for a cine lens: it has no focusing hard stops. Here is Canon’s response. No Hard Stops on Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO The new 18-80mm is a very welcome lens for documentary style, large sensor shooters. Just like the newly announced Sony 18-110mm lens, it has a lightweight design, super35 (and APS-C) coverage, features autofocus and servo zoom functionality with a price tag of just over $5,000. We first noticed the missing hard stops when we took the lens for a spin at NAB 2016. The lens has a gear ring for focusing with a follow focus or remote focus, but the lack of hard stops is reminiscent of traditional Canon photo lenses. Video shooters and cinematographers alike will have a more difficult time controlling focus, especially when using focusing tools. According to the response from Mr Yuya Suzuki we got at IBC this year (see video above), in order to achieve the much applauded Dual Autofocus functionality they had to incorporate soft stops on the lens. The lens is clearly positioned as a professional tool for (indie) filmmakers and marketed as a cine lens, so the missing hard stops will probably leave some questions open. On the other hand, follow focuses are rarely used by single operator shooters, and this might just be the perfect lens for those looking to equip a Canon C300 Mark II documentary style. The lack of hard stops might justify the competitive price tag of the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 lens, but could be a tradeoff that some are not willing to accept. What do you think about this issue? Dealbreaker, or worth overlooking for the Dual AF functionality?Read more
The ME200S-SH is Canon’s new cube-shaped Super35 C-Mos sensor camera. It might remind you of the super low-light Canon ME20F-SH, announced at IBC 2015 and which was priced at $20,000. This version takes up the same shape and form, but its features resemble more a down-sized Canon EOS C100 Mark II. The shape of the Canon ME200S-SH resembles that of a camera previously released at IBC2015. The trend is clear: small form factor, and light-weight for the drone and gimbal market. In order to compensate for making things small and compact, a lot of important modules are left out, such as internal recording, a viewing platform and easy access to menu buttons. What we are given here is basically a sensor with some output modules. Its like Apple’s latest Macbook: same price, but you have to buy additional components to make it work for you. But enough complaining: let’s get into the nitty gritty to understand what is going on here. The Canon Me200S-SH is an HD (1920×1080) Super35 camera. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF) system works to maintain focus of moving subjects, and ISO shooting up to 204,800 makes it a versatile tool for handling difficult or low light shooting scenarios such as filming wildlife at night. It shoots HD up to 50p/59.94p and uses the same Canon Log found in its more professional range C-Series camera, enabling it to capture up to 12 stops of dynamic range. This allows it to retain details in the brights through to the shadows. The camera can be controlled using Canon’s optional RC-V100 remote control, further expanding the potential uses of the camera. The HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI terminals allow for connection to compatible third party external displays and recording devices. The ME200S-SH camera is also supplied with two built-in neutral density filters, a 3-stop (ND1/8) and a 6-stop (ND1/64), allowing the operator more control over the amount of light hitting CMOS sensor. The ME200S-SH camera features an IR cut filter that can be removed for infrared shooting. During typical daylight shooting conditions, the IR cut filter is used to block unwanted IR light to help ensure color fidelity and reproduction. In extreme low light conditions, removing the cameras IR filter allows IR light to reach the camera’s sensor, enhancing the camera’s ability to identify objects within the scene. Uniquely, the IR functionality of the camera allows for color reproduction, increasing the ability to recognize and differentiate objects. The removable IR cut filter is incorporated with the ND filter stack, allowing the IR cut filter to be activated in the same way as the camera’s ND filters. Another nice feature is the lens locking system, which allows lenses to be attached or removed without the need to rotate the lens barrel. At the front of the camera, a 12-pin lens terminal supplies power to the drive unit of Canon’s CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO lenses, as depicted with the new Canon 18-80mm compact servo lens. Zoom, focus and iris can be operated remotely when used with Canon’s optional RC-V100 remote control. Canon’s 2/3″ broadcast lenses can also be connected with a third party adapter, but remote operation is not guaranteed. Conclusion and Pricing The Canon Me200S-SH is an attempt to rectify the previous Me20F-SH camera, which would have set you back $20000. This camera has a few more features, an IR filter that can be cut at the push of a button, built-in ND filters and generally a solid design. It would be very useful for wildlife filming, where space and light is critical and you don’t have the possibility to access the camera, for instance if you happen to need to film a hedgehog in its burrow. If Canon could incorporate 4K into this camera, I would consider it. Wildlife is all about documenting our environment in the best possible format. There is room for improvement, and this surely will be an exciting camera to follow in the next coming years.Read more
Canon has just announced a brand new lightweight servo lens. The Canon CN-E has a range of 18-80mm and T4.4. A great range, at an even more incredible price range of just over $5000. A Canon servo lens bargain Canon must have had a closer look at their lens market and might have just found a niche in untapped waters. With Canon Cine Zooms in the range of $40,000 – $60,000, and stills zoom lenses at $2000 benchmark, there was a big gap that needed to be filled. Particularly for cinematographers using Canon C100, C300, and C500, an affordable zoom lens that could be utilised for various filming styles is a major step forward. The Canon CN-E 18-80mm is an EF Mount servo lens that covers both Super 35 and APS-C formats. It has a T-Stop of T4.4 (f4), which might not seem fast, but it is constant throughout the zoom range. Measuring 7.2″ long and weighing only 2.65 lb, this lens is designed to be a compact, lightweight solution for a variety of film genres, from narrative work to run-and-gun documentaries. The lens is also parfocal, which minimises focus breathing. The Canon CN-E is equipped with a servo drive unit, which is compatible with industry-standard lens controllers, including Canon ZSD-300D and FPD-400D, for full zoom, focus, and iris control. Alternatively, the optional ZSG-C10 Control Grip can be used for ENG-style lens control and operation. The grip is powered by compatible cameras via the EF mount. For non-servo zoom control, the lens features cine-standard 0.8 mod gears, as well as a rubberised grip on the focus ring enabling comfortable manual operation. Canon CN-E 18-80mm with Handgrip – Photo Credit FDTimes The Canon CN-E 18-80mm Servo Zoom Lens has a built-in optical image stabilisation, something not often seen in cine lenses. The Compact-Servo also features autofocus compatibility with the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C100 Mark II cameras. This lens has just been announced, so at this stage, we cannot judge on its optical performance. We hope to get our hands on it during NAB. Canon CN-E 18-80mm Specs 18-80 mm zoom range, 4.4x ratio Maximum aperture: T4.4, equivalent to f/4.0 No ramping of aperture throughout zoom range Close focus MOD: 0.5 m Optical image stabilization: On/Off and three levels of stabilization Iris: Auto/Manual Auto Focus / Manual Focus Power through lens mount or connector Filter thread: 77 mm threads for screw-in front filters Front outside diameter: 84 mm Weight: 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg Length: 7.2” / 182.3 mm Iris: 9 blades Servo handgrip: detachable with one screw Back focus adjustment under rear barrel Covers 31.4 mm image diagonal 20-pin connector for lens control and metadata: EIAJ RC5320A TYPE4 (5.5 mm diameter) The Canon CN-E 18-80mm is priced at $5225 and is currently available on pre-order.Read more
Canon 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.Read more
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