Canon Introduces a 27x Portable Zoom Lens and Next-Generation Digital Drive Unit at NAB 2024

by | Apr 9, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Canon has announced the introduction of a new 27x portable zoom with an advanced drive unit that will offer a very wide range of focal lengths in a lens capable of shoulder mounted operation. The CJ27ex7.3B is Canon’s first 2/3” portable lens with a 27x optical zoom. The high optical performance classifies it as a UHDxs lens, Canon’s highest image quality rating for broadcast optics. The lens spans a focal range of 7.3mm to 197mm. With a built-in 2x extender, the lens’ maximum telephoto reach increases to 394mm.  The CJ27ex7.3B lens is designed to be portable, with the mobility of a conventional ENG (Electronic News Gathering) lens. The versatile focal lengths available with the 27x zoom ratio are typically only available in 2/3” box lenses while this lens is equally at home in hand-held news, live sports, and broadcast studios.

The new e-Xs V drive unit features an angled 20-pin connector and a built-in USB-C connector, giving users a better experience with equipment setup and maintenance and improving operability with an updated display menu. Focus Breathing Compensation is another feature that helps minimize image distortion when racking focus, and Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation (ARIA)ii technology is supported to help minimize the effects of ramping as the lens zooms.  The CJ27ex7.3B is expected to be available for purchase in August 2024, and will be on display at NAB 2024.  To learn more about Canon broadcast lenses, please contact your Canon broadcast representative or visit www.usa.canon.com.

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