MELVILLE, N.Y., September 12, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of the two new 4K UHD field-zoom lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 (UJ122x8.2B) and UHD-DIGISUPER 111 (UJ111x8.3B) Super Telephoto Zoom Lenses for broadcast cameras that feature 2/3-inch sensors. Both lenses have the ability to exceed 4K resolution1, providing superb color reproduction from wide end to telephoto end. The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 features a 122x zoom ratio while the UHD-DIGISUPER 111 features a 111x zoom ratio, making both new lenses ideal for sports and live-event productions at stadiums and arenas.
“When Canon is able to produce a new lens that we can say has the world’s highest zoom range, widest angle and longest focal length, it is a very exciting and a monumental achievement,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a company, Canon is consistently pushing the boundaries of development and providing its customers with the latest lens technologies necessary to meet their needs.”
Canon’s flagship 4K field-zoom broadcast lens, the UHD-DIGISUPER 122, features the world’s widest angle2 and world’s longest focal length2—8.2 mm at the wide end and 1000 mm at the telephoto end, and the world’s highest zoom ratio2 of 122x. The UHD-DIGISUPER 111 features a 111x zoom ratio and a focal-length range of 8.3 mm to 925 mm. Both new lenses deliver the ability to record high-resolution and high-contrast video from the center to peripheral areas of the imaging field. Additionally, both lenses are the first Canon 4K field zoom lenses to feature Canon’s proprietary Air Sphere Coating (ASC) 3, resulting in reduced flaring and ghosting compared to previous lens coatings. ASC coating enhances both the High Dynamic Range (HDR) 4 and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) of the lenses, providing more natural and vivid tonality, which is becoming more in-demand for broadcast productions.
Both lenses adopt Canon's proprietary shift-type optical image stabilization mechanism that realizes a high-suppression rate in wide frequency bands and leads to smooth images. Very little image fluctuation is seen even during high-frequency vibrations.
Long-zoom field lenses are used at major concerts and events, creating visual effects that can enhance story-telling. In anticipation of this continuing trend, Canon is introducing a new operational control in these two new field lenses named “Bokeh Effect” 5. “Bokeh Effect”, which is produced by a lens, is defined as the aesthetic quality of the blur in the out-of-focus parts of an image.
Canon is also pleased to announce new upcoming optional lens accessories 6, allowing focus and zoom to be adjusted with high precision when shooting in 4K at wide focal lengths.
The Canon UHD-DIGISUPER 122 (UJ122x8.2B) is scheduled to be available in the spring of 2019*. The Canon UHD-DIGISUPER 111 (UJ111x8.3B) is scheduled to be available in the beginning of 2019*. For more information, please visit www.usa.canon.com/.