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Canon: Lightweight ENG zoom extended

The HJ18ex7.6B IRSE /IASE is a new and comprehensively enhanced ENG lens, for 2/3-inch cameras, that Canon is positioning as its successor to the popular HJ17ex7.6B IRSE A/IASE A.

“This lens has been comprehensively upgraded in virtually every area, delivering enhanced performance, specifications and usability, with a reduction in weight [of 20 grams to 1.58kg] also ensuring mobility,” said Canon.

The lens is claimed to offer “superior optical performance”, delivering an increase in magnification to 18x and a longer focal length of 7.6-137mm (plus built-in 2x extender) and a maximum aperture of f/1.8. Minimum object distance is just 56cm (10mm with Macro). A new fast start-up digital drive unit provides enhanced usability, system support and operability, and also supports multiple types of image compensation – including lens and chromatic aberration. For virtual studio integration, it comes with 16-bit encoder output.