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4K Optical Performance
The portable CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens was developed using our exclusive optical design technology to achieve superb optical performance, with 4K resolving power and high contrast from the center of the screen to the edges. High index optical glass materials, each having unique dispersion characteristics, help minimize chromatic aberrations and geometric distortion. Lens element surface accuracy has been improved significantly over HDTV lenses contributing to the enhanced Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) performance required of 4K imagery. Multi-layer optical coatings combined with strategic deposition processes help ensure a deep black reproduction that is central to HDR imaging.
Minimized Chromatic Aberration
An optimized arrangement of fluorite and UD glass help minimize chromatic aberration, increasing image clarity with reduced color fringing on edges.
Special coatings and an internal lens barrel designed to prevent reflection result in clean black reproduction, less ghosting and flaring, sustaining high-tonality images that support HDR.
Built in 2x Extender
4K optical performance is maintained when the 2x extender is deployed.
Super-Telephoto Shooting up to 1000mm
The CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens is equipped with an 18x optical zoom, delivering a focal length range of 28-500mm and an impressive maximum focal length of 1000mm with the built-in 2x extender. The lens also features the same compact, lightweight body as conventional “portable” HD lenses. This combination allows for dynamic shooting styles and provides the mobility required for shooting a wide variety of documentary and nature programs.
Compact and Lightweight
Weighing only 6.08 lbs. and measuring 7.0” (W) x 4.8” (H) x 10.6” (L), the portable CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens is similar in size to our 2/3" HD lenses, while delivering 4K performance and offering the mobility demanded in the reporting and documentary fields. The lens features the optimum construction and high durability of a conventional HD lens, while offering the same shooting style as that of existing 2/3" HD lenses.
The center of gravity is close to the mount, lessening strain on the hands and elbows of the camera operator. The ergonomic form factor creates a user-friendly design, including an ergonomic grip design for a comfortable feel during operation, helping to reduce fatigue and make it easy to move the camera about. The lens is sure to satisfy with its high-level combination of excellent specifications, enhanced optical performance, and outstanding usability.
The portable CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens features correction data that supports BT.2020, which offers a wider color gamut than the conventional BT.709 broadcasting standard. This enables excellent color reproduction to the corners of the screen when attached to a 4K camera. Like our UHDxs series lenses, the CJ18ex28B provides optimized chromatic aberration correction based on BT.2020 correction data, enabling more lifelike high-resolution video shooting with outstanding tonality, realistic texture and depth.
This feature allows for compatibility with a broadcast-use HD demand. It enables the use of the zoom and focus electrical drive system accessories (such as the ZSD-300D and FPD-400D) which are currently used by HD equipment.
The portable CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens incorporates a digital drive unit, and the high-performance 16-bit encoder supports communication with compatible 2/3" HDTV/UHDTV cameras equipped with aberration correction functionality, without initializing the lens. Three 20-pin connectors enable high-definition lens output for virtual systems even during full-servo operation. In addition, the low power consumption and the simple display enhance operability.
Improved Startup and Mobility
The drive unit of the CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens can output accurate lens position data from the moment the power is turned on and does not require initialization, contributing to the quick start when shooting. This is possible thanks to the drive unit's 16-bit absolute value encoder. Eliminating initialization of the encoder at power-on simplifies calibration when composing virtual and live-action images, and helps to create more accurate composites.
Aberration Correction and Virtual Functions Enabled without Lens Initialization
Aberration correction functions increasingly been employed on 2/3" HDTV/UHDTV cameras for broadcast use. The associated data files are immediately transferred to the camera, which implements digital correction for the lens aberrations. The lens also delivers digital positional data for external virtual systems.
Advanced Virtual Operability and Precise Virtual Image Expression
The drive unit of the CJ18ex28B 4K UHD lens uses three 20-pin connectors. One of these connectors outputs 16 bit high precision lens positional data, allowing for output even while the zoom and focus servo controllers are in use. This high-performance encoder helps simplify calibration when composing virtual and live-action images, thus resulting in more accurate composites.
Various digital features can be set, adjusted, and operated from the display on the drive unit.
Object Image Format
Focal Length Range
Focal Length Range with Extender
Angular Field of View
1.10° x 0.62° at 500 mm
Angular Field of View with Extender
0.55° x 0.31° at 1000 mm (with 2x Extender)
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number)
1:4.9 at 500 mm
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number) with Extender
1:9.8 at 1000 mm (with 2x Extender)
MOD From Front of Lens
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD
4.1 x 2.3 cm at 500 mm
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD with Extender
2.1 x 1.2 cm at 1000 mm (with 2x Extender)
Now a new era of 4K UHD has arrived. Paralleling this is a veritable explosion in video content and distribution over many platforms. Both large format Super 35mm and small 2/3-inch image format lens cameras are in high demand. Having met the initial thrust of 4K UHD into worldwide sports coverage with large box field lenses, Canon more recently turned its focus to extending the capabilities of portable field production. To grasp the challenges posed to developing portable long zoom 2/3-inch lenses for 4K UHD it is helpful to first benchmark the pioneering development of such extended focal range lenses for HDTV.
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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