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Posted by Tony Muzzatti on May 17, 2014

The Canon CINE-SERVO CN7x17 KAS S is a Super 35mm 17–120mm T2.95 lens you can shoot cinema, broadcast news, or run-and-gun with it on your next corporate shoot. There really is not much this servo lens cannot do, no matter what filming neighborhood of the world you are in. Canon designed this servo lens for the new market of 4K cameras, and they designed it to be good enough to mount on a studio camera or bring along on your next ENG shoot.



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The CINE-SERVO CN7x17 KAS S lens features a digital drive unit that fits into your hand bringing the palm closer to the center of the lens barrel. This is good for not only less fatigue, but a steadier shot. The handgrip on the Digital Drive does have a zoom rocker switch, but it can also be removed for manual operations. The real attraction to this lens is in the LCD display equipped Digital Drive unit. You can pre-program your own settings into the unit for position, speed, and iris. This is most useful for when you need to precisely repeat a camera move over and over, making sure your speed is consistent.

President and COO of Canon U.S.A. had this to say about the lens: “Since the launch of the Cinema EOS system, Canon has been a part of the large-sensor camera movement that has taken many video markets by storm… With the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens, we sought to arm them with a lens that is equally as versatile and adaptable as they are, and just as comfortable shooting a feature documentary as it would be shooting a corporate event or an interview for the evening news.”


Ultimately, this lens could be your next workhorse. It delivers 4K optical performance in a lightweight body available in PL- or EF-mount, and the starting price is somewhere in the neighborhood of $33,000. That’s actually less expensive than the Cabrio lens!


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