Brent Ramsey
Brent Ramsey

Brent Ramsey has spent over thirty years in the cinematography field where he has worked on television programs, films and commercials. He is currently a Canon Technical Advisor for our motion picture equipment.

What's New: CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 PL and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 EF lenses

April 04, 2014

When a company that has already sold over 100 million EF lenses since 1987 gets so excited over a brand new lens, they break into spontaneous applause at an unveiling event and you just know it’s big deal. In fact, it’s an even bigger deal considering that Canon had to create an entirely new lens category, the Cine Servo Lens, to fit the new, incredible CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 PL and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 EF lenses into the Canon lens family.

The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 PL and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 EF lenses offer 4K quality with a Full-Frame 35mm image circle, removable servo motor for quick studio-style conversion, 11 Iris Blades for artistic and beautiful representation of out-of-focus areas or “Bokeh,” electronic lens communication with the body, a 180º smooth rotating focus ring, and weighs only 6.4 pounds. The addition of a removable drive unit enables the lens to be used in both traditional cinema setups and broadcast applications. By installing the drive unit, the operability and applicability of this lens is comparable to a conventional ENG lens. The addition of the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 PL and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 EF has evolved Canon’s cinema lens series to function in an increasingly diverse and professional manner, expanding on the possibilities of the Cinema EOS system.

Canon is proving their commitment to the needs of the high-end market by listening and releasing the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 PL and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 EF. This lens gives the end-user more control over their images by having appropriate focal lengths for a multitude of scenarios. Canon Cinema lenses provide the highest performance in contemporary 4K/2K and HD motion-imaging and are engineered to meet the most demanding imaging requirements of the latest large-format digital video cameras.

Features & Benefits
Wide 17-120mm Focal Range

A focal range from 17-120mm enables the Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 to tackle a variety of shooting situations.

4K Ready

The Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 is designed to provide the utmost optical performance and is capable of full 4K-Resolution performance. Whether you’re shooting in HD on a Canon Cinema EOS C100 or C300, or creating a cinematic masterpiece in 4K using an EOS C500 Digital Cinema Camera, the Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 provides uncompromising image quality, contrast and color fidelity.

EF or PL Mount

The Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 is available in a choice of either EF or PL mount. A genuine Canon EF mount will work with all Cinema EOS camera models equipped with an EF mount. The PL-mount option will work with any PL mount camera.

The EF mount has electronic contacts on both the lens and camera sides that allow direct communication between each device. This communication allows lens metadata including T-numbers to be displayed in the viewfinder.

11-Blade Iris

The use of an 11-blade iris produces artistic and beautiful out-of-focus areas or “Bokeh.” The 11 blades allow for attractive circular blurring in out-of-focus regions, while the use of an odd number of blades reduces flaring of specular highlights. Additionally, the iris ring is mechanically controlled with no click stops for smooth exposure adjustments while recording.

12-pin Serial Communication Support

This existing broadcast standard enables zoom, focus, and iris position data and iris mode operations to be transmitted to compatible cameras. This feature is similar to that of other lenses in this class.

Support for Cooke’s/iTechnology

Focus, zoom, and iris position and model data are transmitted, and lens information can be recorded or displayed at the transmission destination. This function is only available when the removable drive unit is installed and power is supplied.

Support for EOS-LENS Communication

Compatible with EOS C100, C300, C500 and EOS-1D C (EOS-1D C in Super 35mm crop shooting only): Focal lengths, iris info, and lens model name are recorded, and f-value is information can be displayed at the transmission destination. In addition, Peripheral Illumination can be compensated.

Ruggedness & Durability

Weatherproof and shock-proof construction allows this lens to perform in even harsh shooting conditions.

Removable Drive Unit

By incorporating a removable drive unit, the lens can be used in either an ENG or cinema shooting style. This allows for greater shooting flexibility in a variety of situations.

Gear Placement and Lens Support For Cinema Use

Gear placement is optimized for use with cinema-style follow focus rigs with the drive unit removed. Lens support shaft is compatible with 19mm rod systems common in cinema camera rigs.

A Great Lens for Production Professionals

The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 is a high-performance 4K, 2K and HD cinema and broadcast lens featuring Canon’s well-known image quality and backed by the highest levels of support available in the industry. If you need 4K quality images now, or just want to make sure they are ready for the future, the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 is the right choice. With all the features that have made Canon lenses such a success, it will work flawlessly in today’s common HD workflows. 4K image quality means that CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 is ready for the future and provides the unrivaled benefits of 4K now without the need for later upgrades.

The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 is prepared for Documentary production by supporting 4K/2K/HD capture and having a removable drive unit that allows it to be fully utilized in a variety of shooting situations. The wide zoom range allows the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 to be used as a primary lens in many shooting scenarios. By having improved visual identification and an extended focus rotation angle, focus changes essential to a shot can be performed with increased accuracy and precision. The professional and versatile nature of the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 makes it the ideal lens for the Documentary shooter.

The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 provides an uncompromised solution for news-gathering and electronic field production. It features beautiful image quality, professional functionality and a rugged design – ready to go anywhere at anytime and get the job done. The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 has a removable drive unit that makes it the perfect lens option for next generation newsrooms where equipment must be multifunctional for use in the studio or out in the field.

The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 will fill a need where shooters want a versatile multi-purpose lens for their existing EF or PL mount video cameras, and one that is easily converted on-set between ENG and Cinema style functionality.

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