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Canon debuts Two Third-Generation DIGISUPER HD Field Lenses Combining Wider Angles of View with Long Zoom Ratios


Canon U.S.A has introduced two HD field lenses designed for improved coverage of sports and other mobile-location productions. Designated as the XJ80x8.8B and the XJ76x9B , both lenses combine highly telephoto performance, wider angles of view, and exceptional operability. Integrating Canon’s latest optical and digital-control innovations, both lenses are third-generation additions to the DIGISUPER product line, which is renowned as a global favorite for outside broadcast coverage.


The new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses combine augmented telephoto and wide-angle performance. The premium XJ80x8.8B lens delivers an 80x zoom with a maximum wide angle of 8.8mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 57.2 degrees), which is approximately five percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. These capabilities enable the XJ80x8.8B to capture everything from a panoramic stadium-wide shot to a telephoto close-up of an individual player’s face. The new XJ80x8.8B HD field lens also includes a new built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS) as a standard feature.

The XJ76x9B combines 76x telephoto performance with a maximum wide angle of 9mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 56.1 degrees), which is approximately three percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. This enables cameras outfitted with the new XJ76x9B to capture panoramic shots at shorter distances without distortion.

Another added benefit of the sophisticated zoom, focus, and iris encoders built into the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses is their multiple support for discrete digital encoder outputs, analog outputs, and serial digital outputs. This ability to share focus, iris, and zoom-position data makes these new lenses compatible with many kinds of digital virtual studio systems. Both lenses easily adapt to such systems via Canon’s standard 20-pin lens-interface connector.

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