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Information about the upcoming Canon gear leaked ahead of the live-streamed Canon announcement expected today at 1pm EST. Canon will announce the C300 Mark III and lenses.
Product description for the Canon Cinema C300 Mark III, the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 and CJ18ex7.6B KASE S lenses leaked over the web.
Canon Cinema C300 Mark III:
Adding to its robust and expansive line up of Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras, the EOS C300 Mark III is Canon’s next-generation Super 35mm workhorse. The camera features a new Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor, and like the full-frame EOS C500 Mark II digital cinema camera, employs a modular design and an interchangeable lens mount that allows users to easily customize the camera according to the needs of each project, making it an ideal tool for a wide range of video content production. The introduction of these two cameras signal Canon’s equal and high attention to the two important constituencies of Super 35mm and full-frame content creation.
The newly developed 4K Super 35mm DGO imaging system captures high dynamic range content by reading out each pixel through two separate gains. One gain prioritizes saturation in highlight areas while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with 16+ stops of dynamic range, clean rich shadows and vibrant highlights in up to 4K/60p. In 2K recording mode, The EOS C300 Mark III features recording speeds up to 180p. Equipped with Canon’s latest video imaging processor, the DIGIC DV 7, the camera achieves more fluid and efficient recording of 4K and HDR and can process high-speed video recording, including 4K at 120p.
The EOS C300 Mark III camera utilizes Cinema RAW Light a very powerful and useful tool for helping to cut the data size of a file to about one-third to one-fifth of a similar Cinema RAW file, without losing grading flexibility. In addition to being able to record 4K and 2K RAW data internally without using an external recorder, the camera also supports XF-AVC (with a choice of Intra or LongGOP), offering flexible options in recording durations..
The EOS C300 Mark III camera is modular and customizable, just like the EOS C500 Mark II. Included with the camera are 13 accessories, such as a 4.3-inch LCD monitor and the GR-V1 grip, and users can choose from a wide range of additional accessories that allow them to configure the EOS C300 Mark III to their preferences. Optional accessories include the EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, SU-15 shoulder support unit and EU-V1 and EU-V2 expansion units. The EU-V1 expansion unit allows for gen-lock, sync out, remote use and ethernet connection, while EU-V2 expansion unit features those functions plus a V-mount battery connection, two analog XLR audio ports and 24v DC Out. Additionally, the mount kits (sold separately) allow users to exchange the EF mount with an EF cinema lock mount or PL mount.
Additional features of the Canon EOS C300 Mark III include:
• 4K DCI/UHD up to 120 fps and 2K/HD up to 180 fps — with 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC recording
• 2 CFexpress media card slots
• Compatibility with EF and PL lenses as well as anamorphic and spherical lenses
• Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 120fps
• 5-axis electronic image stabilization, which can be utilized even without the use of a lens with IS functionally
• Support for Canon Log 2 and 3
• Four-channel recording that supports 4 XLR inputs with the use of the EU-V2 expansion unit
• User LUT allowing users to upload and apply custom LUTs
• The camera body is approximately 6 in (width) x 5.8 in (height) x 6.6 in (depth) with a bodyweight of approximately 3.9 lbs., making it compact and lightweight.
Canon CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95
The CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S), a new CINE-SERVO cinema lens designed for use with 4K cameras, The new lens, which is available in both EF and PL mount, features 10x optical zoom, a built-in 1.5x extender, and a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit, providing broadcast-friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters. The lightweight design of the lens (6.7 lbs.) is remarkable given the zoom range and feature set, especially when compared with other lenses of similar focal lengths. This exceptional model, as well as the Sumire Prime Lenses announced in 2019, have further strengthened Canon’s robust lineup of Cinema Lenses.
“As the lines between broadcast, cinematic and commercial productions continue to blur, it becomes more important to have a seamless product line that can provide solutions across a broad scope of applications,” said Tatsuro Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies and Communications Group. “The CINE-SERVO lens family combines outstanding performance and an unmatched focal range from 17mm up to 1500mm in the three-lens family. The new CINE-SERVO 25-250mm lens adds a great deal of versatility to the lineup, and will soon be a favorite of productions large and small.”
Similar to the existing award-winning 17-120mm and 50-1000mm lenses, the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm offers outstanding 4K optical performance thanks to its ultra-low dispersion glass and a large-diameter aspherical lens. Combined with Canon’s unique optical design technology, these components work to help correct color fringing and limit chromatic aberration during operation. The lens features Canon’s renowned warm color science and an 11-blade aperture that produces a beautiful, smooth bokeh.
The new lens is ideal for cameras with a Super 35mm sensor. While the 10x zoom covers a focal range of 25-250mm, the built-in extender stretches that range to an impressive 375mm with an added benefit of allowing for full-frame sensor coverage with only a stop of difference in light loss. Like the 17-120mm, the 25-250mm lens also features a macro function to enable close-up shooting
The servo drive unit included with the 25-250mm lens can be easily removed to allow for manual operation and the gear pitch is compatible with standard cinema controls of zoom and focus. The EF mount version of the lens allows for the utilization of Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF which provides users with smooth AF operation and high-speed tracking performance, and the PL mount version supports Cooke/i Technology.
Canon CJ18ex7.6B KASE S
The new Canon CJ18ex7.6B KASE S lens is designed to be used with 4K UHD broadcast cameras that have 2/3-inch sensors, has the same optical specifications as the existing CJ18ex7.6B IRSE/IASE with the exception of having an optical extender while still delivering 4K UHD imaging quality at a price point that matches well with the many lower-cost 4K cameras in the market. By eliminating the optical range extender, the lens maintains a compact and lightweight design to meet the versatile and ever-changing needs of a broad range of video productions, including documentaries, sports, events and news coverage.Additionally, the lens is compatible with the new Canon ZDJ-G01 Zoom Demand and FDJ-G01 Focus Demand accessories that provide operators with enhanced functionality and operational control of the lens.
The CJ18ex7.6B KASE S portable zoom lens achieves high-level 4K UHD performance across the entire zoom range thanks to Canon’s proprietary optical design technology, incorporating materials such as fluorite and Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) glass. In addition, the lens supports the wide color gamut approved by the ITU-R BT.2020 UHD broadcasting standard – all features essential to HDR imaging. The ergonomics and digital servo operational controls of the lens are similar to Canon’s current lineup of portable zoom lenses, providing users with maximum mobility in a variety of shooting situations.
The CJ18ex7.6B KASE S lens features a zoom range of 7.6-137mm and weighs just 3.7 lbs., making it ideal for capturing crisp shots on the move while being shoulder-mounted with a camera. The lens fills a need for specialized shooting environments in the broadcast market and is available at a price point that is appealing to a wide variety of broadcast customers.[via Nokishita]