MELVILLE, N.Y., May 14, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that three shows that premiered in spring 2014 chose Canon Cinema EOS Digital cameras and lenses to capture their compelling stories. The three series, airing on CNN/U.S., include CHICAGOLAND, from Executive Producers (EP) Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn and the award-winning Brick City Television, LLC (BCTV) filmmaking team Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, DEATH ROW STORIES, from Academy Award-winning Executive Producers Alex Gibney and Robert Redford, and MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN, from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. These television series were developed in 2013 to produce unscripted, informative, and entertaining non-fiction programming for the cable television news channel. Each turned to Canon when making their eight, one-hour long episodes.
“Canon is honored to be the camera of choice for these three television series,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “Our Cinema EOS Digital cameras have been designed for use in productions just like these and to be chosen for three docu-series on one network is quite humbling.”
When cinematographer Daniel B. Levin was preparing for CHICAGOLAND – a series that tells the story of its namesake city as it confronts an education system in turmoil and public safety crisis – he turned to the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera in order to fulfill his need for a rugged, ergonomic, compact camera, that would produce a cinematic image to meet the high standards of the production team. “We wanted to weave beauty, texture, and the city in with doc-verite, real, gritty, run-and-gun filmmaking,” said Levin. “The remarkable thing about the C300 camera is you can build it as big as you want, or strip it down as small as you want.”
The flexibility of the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera system made it possible for Levin to follow Chicago’s policymakers, community leaders, and residents through the various elements and public locations like Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall as his team works to improve the metropolis’ social policy, education, and public safety.
To keep his rig light and his focus sharp, Levin paired the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera with a set of Canon EF L-series lenses, including the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. “If you have these lenses – which could all fit in a backpack – you’re basically good to do anything,” concluded Levin.
Airing on eight successive Thursday evenings, CHICAGOLAND began March 6, 2014 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
DEATH ROW STORIES
Academy Award-winning directors Alex Gibney and Robert Redford teamed up to create DEATH ROW STORIES, a series that unravels a different capital murder case per episode, calling into question the myriad of beliefs about the death penalty and the American justice system. Directed by Gibney, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, and executive produced by Sundance Productions’ Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn, and Jigsaw Productions’ Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder, Stacey Offman, and Brad Hebert, DEATH ROW STORIESrelies on powerful interviews and chilling recreations to explore the issues surrounding capital punishment.
Cinematographer Antonio Rossi chose the Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema camera and the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera to capture the look he wanted for the series. “We are dealing with extremely dramatic, life and death subject matter, and I try to express that drama in my camera work. So we try to make our interviews noir-ish and saturated, while conveying the gravity of the events portrayed. The EOS C500 camera beautifully allowed me to achieve the look I desired,” said Rossi.
To balance a high-quality picture with a simple workflow, Rossi chose to record a 1920 x 1080 HD image from the EOS C500 camera to a Sound Devices PIX 240i portable video recorder. He relied on an EOS 5D Mark III as his second camera and mounted Canon Cinema lenses and EF lenses interchangeably between the two. Using a Canon Cinema CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S lens for all interview segments, his lens package also included an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Cinema Primes CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 F L, as well as L-series EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses.
Rossi sums up his experience using Canon on DEATH ROW STORIES by noting, “The EOS C500 and the EOS 5D [Mark III] cameras work really well together as a system. And, you have the ability to use a range of lenses and shoot in a lot of different kinds of situations.”
The first episode of DEATH ROW STORIES debuted on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9:00pm ET/PT. A summer season will air beginning Sunday, July 13, 2014.
MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN
CNN’s popular original series MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN and its charismatic producer, director, and host will return to the airwaves this spring for a second season. The show, which clocked in as the network’s third most-watched program in 2013, explores topical subjects as Spurlock immerses himself in the issue at hand to provide a personal perspective. “Celebrity,” “The Future,” and “Income Disparity” are just a few of the themes MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MANwill tackle during its sophomore season. And while the topics of the show are varied, the producers’ emphasis on image quality is unchanging.
“We want the show to feel cinematic, large in scope, but at the same time, want it to feel real,” said Jeremy Chilnick, Executive Producer of the series and Head of Production at Spurlock’s Warrior Poets production company. “The authenticity of what you hope your audience feels is as important as making sure that it looks beautiful.”
In order to deliver the aesthetic and realism required for the show, cinematographer David Vlasits relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera, as well as two Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras, for both seasons one and two. While the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR served as his go-to camera for interior car shots, Vlasits chose the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera for day-to-day production because of its low-light capabilities, small profile, dual CF card slots, and long battery life.
The camera’s ergonomics were also a major benefit to Vlasits. “From an operating standpoint, I want a form factor that’s comfortable and balanced on my shoulder that can just as easily be put placed on a tripod when needed,” Vlasits said.
Season two of MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN premiered on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
Daniel B. Levin, Antonio Rossi, David Vlasits, and Jeremy Chilnick discussed the lengths they go to capture their compelling stories and why they rely on Canon Cinema EOS systems at the “Canon Spotlight: CNN Original Series” panel at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. These testimonials, along with additional behind-the-scenes videos can be found at the Canon Professional’s Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/canonpro.
For more information about Canon Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/
New Compact Portable HD Lens for 2/3-Inch Imager Cameras Features High Peripheral Resolution, First-Class Magnification, Focal Length, MOD, and a New Drive Unit
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 2, 2014 – With an impressive design and competitive price, the new HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, delivers superb optical quality and versatile operability, improving on the performance of its widely used predecessor, the HJ17ex7.6B lens. Utilizing a generous focal length range of 7.6mm to 137mm (15.2mm to 274mm with its built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of 0.56m (10mm with Macro), this new member of Canon’s family of HD portable lenses enables shots to be taken four centimeters closer than with rival lens models, an advantage for camera operators working in tight locations such as studio spaces or on-site home-improvement reality television locations.
Designed with broadcast news gathering in mind, the HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens features an advanced new optical design that helps ensure high-peripheral resolution and contrast from its closest subject-focusing distance out to over 19 feet. This enables news shooters to capture “head and shoulders” shots from distances further away than previously possible with comparable ENG lenses. A new design for the Digital Drive Unit provides additional advantages including a more comfortable hand grip, simple display-based operations for improved operability, greater digital precision for integration with virtual studio systems, and reduced power consumption compared to predecessor Canon models.
“The new Canon HJ18ex7.6B zoom lens is designed for use in diverse news and documentary situations, which can frequently involve rapid changes in subject distance and associated focal length,” noted Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The imaging enhancements of the HJ18ex7.6B zoom lens reflect Canon’s ongoing optical research and development, which resulted in sophisticated aberration compensation for virtually distortion-free imaging throughout the zoom range, and advanced encoders for rapid start-up and turn-on. This is a fully equipped, yet cost-effective, 2/3-inch HD ENG lens that embodies the optical and optomechanical qualities that have made Canon portable lenses one of the top choices for TV news and HD documentary productions.”
The Canon HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens delivers improved operability due to its compact size, lightweight 3.5 pound design, short MOD, and simplified settings menus. These menus are part of the HJ18ex7.6B’s new Digital Drive unit, which – as with most Canon portable HD lenses – enables camera operators to program repeatable zoom positions and speeds, as well as focus and iris settings if they so choose. This new Digital Drive unit also delivers new user-benefits by virtue of its integration of an absolute value encoder. This advanced technology, integrated into the Digital Drive unit, enables rapid start-up and power-on of the lens, with instant detection of lens positions and lens/camera aberration correction, as well as reduced power consumption compared to predecessor Canon models for support of long battery-powered shooting times.
The advanced encoders of the Canon HJ18ex7.6B’s Digital Drive unit are able to detect and generate extremely precise positional data that can be output to virtual set systems. This data is output via the unit’s three 20-pin zoom and focus servo-control connectors, allowing for optimal system support prevision. Other important changes in the Canon HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens that further enhance user convenience include the addition of magnification and wide-end markings, deletion of the glossy logo plate, and the simplification of other markings on the Digital Drive unit.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens is expected to be available in July 2014 for a suggested retail price of $20,700.00 (IRSE S) and $22,600.00 (IASE S). For more information, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at www.pro.usa.canon.com/Broadcast
New Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens Features 4K Optical Performance, a Dynamic 17-120mm Focal Length Range, and Removable Digital Drive Unit for Cine-Style or Shoulder-Mounted Operation
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 2, 2014 – Shallow, creative depth of field, high-resolution and optimal low-light shooting capabilities are just some of the many reasons that large, single-sensor digital cameras have been kitted and rigged for use in nearly every application involving video capture. Further enhancing the versatility and adoption of these cameras into markets such as ENG (Electronic News Gathering), documentary, narrative production and special event coverage is the new CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions.
Designed to perform in a shoulder-mounted application or as a traditional cinema lens, the Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens has an ENG-style Digital Drive handgrip with zoom rocker switch, which can also be detached to allow for manual cinema operation. The new CINE-SERVO lens features high 4K optical performance throughout the broad focal length of 17mm to 120mm within its compact and lightweight body, a three-group inner focus system to help minimize focus breathing and provide a stable angle of view, an 11-blade iris to help achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and natural “bokeh” background, user-friendly design features, support for matte boxes, follow focus and other accessories, and rugged reliability. Designed to work with single-sensor cameras, the lens will be available in either PL- or EF-mount.
“Since the launch of the Cinema EOS system, Canon has been a part of the large-sensor camera movement that has taken many video markets by storm. Each day the markets that employ these dynamic tools are growing, as is the way professionals are using them in the field,” explained Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “We remain dedicated to providing the equipment and service that enables professionals to reach the full potential of their talent. With the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens, we sought to arm them with a lens that is equally as versatile and adaptable as they are, and just as comfortable shooting a feature documentary as it would be shooting a corporate event or an interview for the evening news.”
Compliance of the Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 lens with industry-standard camera-to-lens communication protocols helps ensure its compatibility with multiple brands and models of 4K, 2K, and HD cameras. These standards include 12-pin serial communication (common to major broadcast camera brands), Cooke’s /i Technology, and Canon EOS technology (employed by the EOS C500, EOS C300, and EOS-1D C Cinema cameras, and the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera). Specific types of data-management functions involving focus, zoom, iris and other settings can vary, depending on camera brands and models. In the case of the Canon EOS system, precise lens data – including aperture setting – are displayed in the EOS camera’s viewfinder, as well as recorded in the video file as metadata along with the model name of the lens and focal length setting.
With its Canon Digital Drive handgrip unit attached, the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 lens is ideal for shoulder mount camera configurations commonly employed in ENG, broadcast, or cinema shooting. Attaching the Digital Drive unit does not require manual adjustment of the focus, zoom, and iris gears on the lens, and a rubber cap prevents dirt from entering the Digital Drive unit connections when it’s detached. Together with Canon’s unique LCD display equipped on the Digital Drive unit that allows the operators to easily access the various digital functions, a 16-bit high-precision microprocessor contained within the Digital Drive unit enables operators to pre-program focus and zoom position/speed, as well as iris settings if desired – allowing for precise, repeatable performance. The microprocessor also provides the capability of a very high-speed zoom of 0.5 seconds to a very slow and consistent zoom of 300 seconds, from wide-end to telephoto-end. Three 20-pin connectors on the Digital Drive unit enable the use of zoom and focus demands or the precision integration of images from the lens and its accompanying camera into a variety of virtual set systems.
In addition to its removable ENG-style Digital Drive unit handgrip that gives users a choice between programmable broadcast-style or fully manual cinema-style operation, the new Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens integrates strategic design features for intuitive, convenient operation by a wide range of camera operators. These features include an ergonomically designed compact and lightweight Digital Drive unit that fits into an operator’s hand and brings the palm closer to the center of the lens barrel which can contribute to lessening fatigue on the operator’s arm. The lens barrel markings are clearly engraved in both feet and meters on both sides of the lens barrel, and focus indicators on the front side of the lens are marked on an inclined surface to make them easier to see from the back of the camera, especially when mounted on an operator’s shoulder. Additionally, luminous paint is used for the scale display on one side of the barrel to help make the markings visually identifiable in the dark.
Combining both broadcast operability and the accuracy required by cinematographers, the lens features a 180 degree focus rotation angle. Both 0.8 type and 0.5 type gear module focus accessories can be used, with the 0.8-pitch gear positioned in front of the focus ring to preclude any interference with the Digital Drive unit or a connecting cord. Major power-driven accessories, matte boxes, and other standard options used by filmmakers can all be mounted. Lens support shafts for support rods as well as a lens hood unit are also included with the lens.
As a symbol of inheriting the optical technology that was developed for other Canon Cinema lenses, a red alumite identity color is used for the mount area. A structure enabling the lens’ EF mount to be replaced with the PL mount, or vice versa (electrical system included), is also incorporated. This conversion upgrade can be provided at authorized Canon service centers.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens (CN7x17 KAS S/E1 in EF mount and CN7x17 KAS S/P1 in PL mount) is expected to be available in August 2014 for a suggested list price of $33,000. For more information, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website atwww.pro.usa.canon.com/cine-servo.
Below is an image showing the new Canon cinema lens with servo that will be announced shortly. It’s the lens in the front with the red ring and will cost 5 figures, so it’s definitely aimed at the professional market.
NAB in Las Vegas starts April 5, 2014 and runs until April 10, 2014.
We’re currently not expecting any new announcements for Cinema EOS bodies, beyond the possibility of a development announcement.
More to come….
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EOSHD has posted about the possibility of an EOS C200 and EOS C400 for NAB 2014 in April.
According to EOSHD’s source, Canon will introduce the Cinema EOS C200 as a new entry level 4K camera, and the semi-pro Cinema EOS C400 sitting under the EOS C500.
We have it from pretty good sources that Canon is announcing a few things, but not any cameras. However, there’s always a possibility that Canon has kept the existence of a C200 & C400 to a very small and select group of people and the other goodies are for a broader audience.
We’ve heard absolutely nothing about a C200 and C400, however that doesn’t remove the possibility of their existence, as this site isn’t the first place cinema people go.
The other possibility is these cameras could receive “development announcement” status and wouldn’t be part of the regular product announcement process.