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Monday, October 24, 2016
  • CANON KH 16ex5.7 IRSE Zoom Lens

Canon KH 16ex5.7 IRSE Zoom Lens


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Quick Overview

The KH16ex5.7B IRSE standard lens is intended for users whose foremost priority is a lens that delivers a generous range of focal lengths combined with a wide field of view in a lightweight mobile package for Sony HD XDCAM camcorders.


The KH16ex5.7B IRSE standard lens is intended for users whose foremost priority is a lens that delivers a generous range of focal lengths combined with a wide field of view in a lightweight mobile package. It was specifically designed for the Sony HD XDCAM camcorders, which utilize three 1/2-inch 1440-element CCD imagers. It is an important member of the HDgc family in terms of facilitating HD imaging with equivalent operational capabilities as the established 2/3-inch SDTV systems.

Canon’s breakthrough technologies and powerful computer-aided design techniques produced the KH16ex5.7B IRSE, a standard HDTV lens with an excellent performance-cost optimization. In addition, it offers focal lengths of up to 91mm (or 182mm with extender) and a wide field of view of 62.9 degrees. It is a design that directly responds to the expressed creative desires of broadcasters and HD producers for low-cost HD acquisition system.

The KH16ex5.7B IRSE represents a fine compromise between the demands for mobility in a handheld HDTV camera system and the high imaging performance requirements for HDTV production. The requisite optimization strategies to achieve this balance sought a high MTF over the entire image plane, minimization of chromatic aberrations, and maximization of image contrast. Preservation of a high MTF at the wider-angle focal lengths (where scene detail can be particularly high) was a special priority.

Relative light distribution was optimized for the more open aperture settings and this uniformity of brightness across the image plane combined with the high contrast and excellent picture sharpness produces vividly clear HD pictures. Contrast was extended by careful control of black reproduction – with optical and mechanical design innovations that substantially reduced flare, veiling glare, and any internal reflections. Tight control of the geometric distortion at wide-angle settings constituted another central design imperative. The lens spectral transmittance characteristic was closely coordinated with that of all of the major portable cameras to ensure adherence to the HDTV colorimetric standards and to additionally support flexible creative control of color reproduction.

Four significant technologies converge to produce the KH16ex5.7B IRSE portable HD production lens system that has been tailored to partner with today's highest performing HDTV portable cameras and camcorders:

Optical Technologies

Newly developed optical materials combined with the very latest lens element design innovations and multilayer coatings - that produce an unsurpassed pristine imaging system for the most discerning production team.

Internal Focus - a Canon design innovation that uses a floating optical system to better control chromatic aberrations

Control Technologies
Enhanced servo system called Shuttle Shot that adds value-added creativity to handheld acquisition systems

Advanced Drive technology - encompasses servo control that allows the operator to precisely zoom between tow pre-programmed zoom positions

Maximum Zoom speed is 1.2 seconds over entire range

Mechanical Technologies
Ergonomic mechanical design that produced this HD lens having the same size and weight as its SDTV predecessor

Compact drive unit is mounted to the lens at a 12.5 degree angle for comfort and balance

Aluminum alloy body for light weight and exceptional durability

Ecological Design
All contemporary Canon lenses avoid the use of materials and substances potentially harmful to the environment. Lead has been removed from all optics, and other identified substances such as cadmium, mercury, PBBS etc from all components comprising the composite lens system. 

Product Category ENG Lens
Product Series KH 16ex5.7 IRSE
Image Composition
Object Image Format 1/2 Inch
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Object Image size 6.97 mm (H) x 3.92 mm (V)
Zoom Ratio 16x
Focal Length Range 5.7~92mm
Focal Length Range with Extender 11.4~184mm
Angular Field of View At 5.7mm 62.9° (H) x 38.0° (V) At 92mm 4.3° (H) x 2.4° (V)
Angular Field of View with Extender At 11.4mm 34.0° (H) x 19.5° (V) At 184mm 2.1° (H) x 1.2° (V)
Optical Brightness
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number) at 5.7mm~71.6mm 1:1.4 at 92mm (Ramping Characteristic) 1:1.8
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number) with Extender at 11.4mm~143.1mm 143.2 at 184mm (Ramping Characterstic) 1:3.6
Scene Composition
MOD From Front of Lens 0.6 Meter (10mm with Macro)
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD at 5.7mm 67.2 cm x 37.8 cm at 92mm 4.1 cm x 2.3 cm
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD with Extender at 11.4 mm 33.6 cm x 18.9 cm at 184 mm 2.1 cm x 1.2 cm
Physical Attributes 163.9mm (6.5in) 106.3mm (4.2in) 196.7mm (7.7in) 3.24lbs (1.47kg)
Width 163.9mm (6.5in)
Height 106.3mm (4.2in)
196.7mm (7.7in)
Weight 3.24lbs (1.47kg)