Canon has launched what they are calling one of the most important lenses of their 45 year history of making glass, reports Michael Brennan. The CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo for around under £4,000! Designed for shooters using large-format, single-sensor cameras and follows in the footsteps of (but much cheaper than) the CN7x17 and CN20x50.
The lens includes a servo engine which is powered via EF mount connectors, supporting hand-held shooting. There is an optional zoom grip, the ZSG-C10 (around £300), for use with hand-held rigs.
The CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S can resolve 4K footage with a 4.4X zoom ratio and a T4.4 aperture maintained across the entire zoom range from the centre to the edges. So with the three image stabilisation modes and the 18-80mm range you have quite a documentary and perhaps indie cinema film lens. Also a nine blade diaphragm should give you the much loved ‘bokeh’ look.
Weighing in at just 1.2kg, the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is Canon’s smallest and lightest cine-servo lens to date, great for mobile videographers, such as those shooting news and interviews. Its compact size and weight also means it can be used for drone-style shooting or in discreet or restricted positions.