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Canon Introduces the First in Its New Line of 4K 2/3-inch Broadcast Lenses with the CJ12ex4.3B Portable Lens

Designed as a portable wide-angle 12x zoom lens, the CJ12ex4.3B portable 4K 2/3-inch broadcast lens is the world's first 4K wide-angle lens for use with 4K broadcast cameras featuring 2/3-inch sensors. Ideal for Electronic Field Production (EFP) and Electronic News Gathering (ENG) broadcast applications covering news, sports, live events as well as filmmakers creating documentary projects desiring 4K quality, this will be the first in a new line of Canon 4K broadcast lenses intended to support a range of 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) productions.

This portable wide-angle lens provides the optical excellence needed for 4K broadcast production. Its 4.3mm wide angle (96.3 degree horizontal angle of view) and minimum object distance of 30 cm are both the best of its class in the world. A built-in 2x extender allows more telephoto operation without sacrificing 4K image quality.

The Company is also developing a new longer-zoom 4K portable lens as an important addition to the new 4K 2/3-inch broadcast lens lineup. Like the new CJ12ex4.3B wide angle zoom lens, this new 4K portable lens, under development, will realize a high level of imaging performance while also featuring a weight and body size that achieve the same level of mobility as conventional portable HDTV zoom lenses. Supporting both indoor and outdoor use for a variety of applications, including sporting events, live telecasts, serial dramas and television commercials, the new 4K portable zoom lens will enable shooting across a range of focal lengths, from the wide-angle capture of entire sets to close-ups of distant subjects, in either 4K or HD resolution.

The CJ12ex4.3B portable broadcast lens is scheduled to be available in December 2015 while the longer-zoom 4K lens is scheduled to be added to the lineup in the first half of 2016.