Canon has announced a new Cine Servo 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 zoom lens with support for cinema cameras including the EOS C500 Mark II and C300 Mark III cameras.
There’s also a new firmware update to support it, and a brilliant 4K HDR Reference monitor for post-production work.
Designed with either EF or PL mounts, the new Cine Servo 15-120mm lens is crafted for up to 8K image resolution with Super35mm and Full Frame sensor sizes.
The EF mount communication uses advanced metadata and Cooke /i technology, while the PL mount adds to that by supporting Zeiss eXtended Data communication.
The lens has an eleven-bladed iris aperture for a rounded bokeh and utilizes Canon warm color science to match other lenses in Canon’s cinema collection. The image is also optimized for image resolutions of up to 8K.
The lens also supports Canon’s 16-bit broadcast encoder for accurate lens position, zoom, focus, and iris metadata, transferring that data from lens to camera instantly.
The lens focal length can also be extended up to 180mm with a built-in 1.5x extender to grab that extra bit of distance without compromising the image.
The Cine Servo drive unit is also detachable, making the lens more compact and useful in documentary-style settings or when more studio-friendly location settings.
Meanwhile, when attached, the servo drive unit offers ergonomic comfort and a zoom rocker switch for more ENG-style shooting applications.
Canon is also introducing a new Modular Expansion Unit for live production, which makes larger format cameras like the C500 Mk. II and C300 Mk. III compatible with live broadcast and streaming events.
The EV-V3 MEU expands and supports the use of cinema-grade platforms while offering constant power, an SDI return video feature, and real-time monitoring of the video image through a production switcher.
The EVU also has a tally light support to alert the camera operator and subjects when their video signal goes live and is being captured.
Furthermore, the 12-pin serial communication with the CineServo lens offers a focus position meter that users can display to create multiple focus poisons for pulling focus during an event, like when selecting the finish line for a race.
Canon has also released a new EOS firmware for the C500 Mk. II and C300 Mk. III which support the new productions and enables them to be used within live environments and workflows.
The update implements a multi-camera XC protocol via the RC-IP100 remote camera controller, improves autofocus with face detection during slow and fast shooting mode, and provides a four-channel audio level display when that mode is selected.
Lastly, Canon has announced the new DP-V2730 4K HDR 1000 nit reference display with full-screen peak brightness and ultra-low black levels. The monitor delivers 4K60p video with 10bit 4:2:2 or 4K30p 12-bit 4:4:4 color workflows and can be linked to a computer, tablet or smartphone.
It is also touch-optimized for optional direct control over inputs, monitoring tools, and settings with a paid license, and users can also take advantage of optional 4-way 12G-SDI input switching with a separate license as well. The display also comes with HDMI and Ethernet support.
Pricing and Availability
The CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) cinema lens and EU-V3 accessory are scheduled to be available in November and December 2022 for an estimated retail price of $30,999.00 and $2,999.00 respectively.
The Canon DP-V2730 reference display is scheduled to be available in March 2023 for an estimated retail price of $18,999.00.
The free Canon Cinema EOS Firmware Update is scheduled to be available in October 2022 through a download at usa.canon.com.
- Canon CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.9 Zoom Lens with 1.5x Extender, PL Mount (B&H)
- Canon CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.9 Zoom Lens with 1.5x Extender, EF Mount (B&H)
- Canon EU-V3 Expansion Unit (B&H)
- Canon DP-V2730 UHD 4K Reference Display (B&H)
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