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The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 is the first 4K lens with 1000mm on the telephoto end* (2000mm with the built-in 2x extender), making it ideal for shooting live sports, nature, concerts, live events and other applications where focal length on the telephoto end is prioritized. Combined with a best-in-class 8.2mm wide setting*, the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens is ideal for a wide range of in 4K UHD outside broadcast television productions.
The lens is capable of maintaining full 4K overall optical image quality over the full 8.2mm to 1000mm range, offering superb image framing options for all forms of outside broadcast television productions. The extensive framing latitude can dramatically capture all possible on-site sensations - from the emotion of an entire crowded stadium to other emotions expressed in the close-ups of facial expressions of individual players on the field.
The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens was built using our exclusive optical design technology, helping ensure consistent 4K resolving power and high contrast from the center of the screen to the periphery, maintaining 4K optical performance even when the 2x extender is deployed.
Integrated Multi-group movable zoom system can control at points with major fluctuations in optical performance during zooming (wide middle, tele middle), working to maintain optical performance throughout the entire zoom range from the center of the image to the edges. In addition, integrated floating focus system helps reduce changes in aberrations when focusing to different object distances, while maintaining 4K optical performance in color reproduction over the entire focus range, especially on the telephoto side.
The lens also features a combination of the latest materials, contemporary optical design and multi-layer coatings to produce outstanding 4K imagery, effectively allowing 4K cameras to reach their potential and expand the possibilities for image expression. The design strategies and optical materials were utilized to help lower the monochromatic and the chromatic optical aberrations to a level consistent with the highest quality 4K portrayal on large screens.
Fluorite and UD glass have also been generously utilized and optimally arranged for better correction of chromatic aberrations. This helps increase image clarity with less color bleeding or coloring around the outlines, achieving superb color reproduction to the edges of the images.
Ghosting and Flare
The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 is the first broadcast lens to feature Canon's Air Sphere Coating (ASC), which combines vapor-deposited multi-layer coatings with an ultra-low refractive index outermost layer. The lens coatings help to control the reflection on the lens barrel’s inner surface, helping suppress ghosting and flaring, resulting in HDR-compatible high-contrast imagery.
The lens also features correction data that supports BT.2020, enabling excellent color reproduction to the corners of the screen when attached to a 4K camera.
HDR images offer excellent gradation representation and enhanced realism and dimension including texture for image representation close to the real thing. However, there can be noticeable color bleeding and flare, so HDR shooting requires high optical performance. Thanks to our exclusive optical design technology and Canon's Air Sphere Coating (ASC), the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 delivers the advanced optical performance that Canon considers essential for an HDR system lens, enabling the capture of more realistic imagery.
Great consideration was given to the requisite precision mounting of all optical elements required to maintain full 4K performance over the extended focal range of the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens. Maintaining precision focus tracking over that long zoom rage was a central design priority. Digital servo speed has been optimized to meet the many operational requirements that support creative coverage of sporting events. Advanced, contemporary optomechanical design strategies were used to produce an overall lens size that contributes to its operational ease.
When shooting in demanding 4K, even the slightest vibration can affect image quality. Canon’s optical and servo technologies are employed to help ensure 4K performance even when using Image Stabilization (IS).
The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens is able to achieve high vibration reduction rates in higher frequency bands (with excellent performance at the telephoto end) and stable operation even when panning.
This function brings changes in angle of view due to focusing (“breathing”) down to near zero. It functions by counteracting the zoom effect by the focus group movement to cancel out the effect on the angle of view.
When shooting in macro, the focus position of the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 can be changed as the focal length is adjusted, when using the optional MCJ-S02 Macro Controller. This built-in feature can be utilized to support special techniques in which the focus position can be shifted within the same shot just by using the Macro Controller, allowing for subtle creative defocus effects. This can help provide a degree of creativity when shooting live events such as a concert.
The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens utilizes the same standard controllers for zoom and focus operations that have been optimized by Canon over decades. The lens also uses the standard Canon 20-pin connector that provides an interface for the digital precision positional information of the zoom, focus, and iris operations required by many external virtual systems. The positional data is internally created by high precision digital encoders.
The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens offers compatibility with HD demands used for broadcasting. Operators can continue using the zoom/focus motorized accessories and servo models they currently use with HD equipment, as well as Canon’s new ZDJ-S01 Zoom Demand and FDJ-S01 Focus Demand. These new zoom and focus demands are equipped with the flexibility necessary to meet the new and diverse user needs when shooting in 4K, while offering simple operability in a compact design.
The UHD-DIGISUPER 122 is designed to satisfy professionals with its high-level combination of excellent specifications, enhanced optical performance, and outstanding usability. Featuring an ergonomic design consistent with our other 4K Premium lenses, the lens includes an integrated cover with an evolved version of the flowing L motion design, and a lens cover handle that extends to the front lens side to improve operability in shooting settings.
Advanced Display Features
Weighing 58.6 lbs. and measuring 9.9" (W) x 10.1" (H) x 25.1" (L), the UHD-DIGISUPER 122 broadcast lens offers similar mobility and shooting style similar to our DIGISUPER 95 (XJ95x8.6B) 2/3” HD lens, while keeping the improvements in magnification and 4K performance.
Object Image Format
Focal Length Range
Focal Length Range with Extender
Angular Field of View
0.55° x 0.31° at 1000 mm
Angular Field of View with Extender
0.28° x 0.15° at 2000 mm (with 2x Extender)
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number)
1:5.0 at 1000 mm
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number) with Extender
1:10.0 at 2000 mm (with 2x Extender)
MOD From Front of Lens
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD
2.7 x 1.5 cm at 1000 mm
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD with Extender
1.4 x 0.8 cm at 2000 mm (with 2x Extender)
4K UHD Field Box Lenses: DIGISUPER 122 and DIGISUPER 111Take a quick look at the new UHD-DIGISUPER 122 (UJ122x8.2B) and UHD-DIGISUPER 111 (UJ111x8.3B) 4K Premium broadcast lenses! Featuring advanced design technologies, optical components and manufacturing processes to produce an extremely high overall optical performance that exceed basic 4K criteria, and maximize the output video image performance when used with 4K UHD cameras.
Introducing the DIGISUPER 122 and DIGISUPER 111 4K UHD Field Box LensesWatch to learn about the new 4K UHD-DIGISUPER 122 (UJ122x8.2B) and UHD-DIGISUPER 111 (UJ111x8.3B) 4K Premium broadcast lenses! Featuring advanced design technologies, optical components and manufacturing processes to produce an extremely high overall optical performance that exceed basic 4K criteria, and maximize the output video image performance when used with 4K UHD cameras.
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The lens embodies state of the art optomechanical and electronic advances, designed to capture HDR-compatible high-contrast 4K imagery and exceed the expectations of the world’s outside broadcast television operators.
Significant 4K UHD outside broadcast coverage of major sporting and other events have taken place on a global scale over the past few years. Overall, a considerable breadth in experiences was gained.
This paper is intended to provide a background to the emergence of 2/3-inch lens-camera systems for 4K UHD production and the optical performance expectations of associated 4K lenses. The paper will review Canon’s involvement in the development of those lenses and will describe our initial 4K UHD lens family and the associated design strategies to achieve this impressive level of optical performance. The paper will explain the unprecedented strategy of introducing two categories within this new 4K UHD lens family – namely, 4K and 4K PREMIUM. The distinct performance difference between the two reflects Canon’s recognition that different 4K program genres will require different levels of overall cost / performance.
It was probably inevitable that broadcasters would begin to explore the possibilities of 4K UHD for the globally popular world of outside broadcast sports coverage; and indeed, recent years have seen a great deal of related experimental projects. The 4K UHD lens issue soon surfaced as the limitations of presently available Super 35mm zoom lenses quickly became apparent.
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