April 20, 2017
NAB 2017

Canon Drops New CN-E 70-200mm Lens, Updates 5D Mark IV for Filmmakers

Canon CN-E 70-200mm
Canon debuts CN-E 70-200mm telephoto lens and adds C-Log to its flagship EOS 5D Mark IV in a NAB preview. 

The new CN-E 70-200mm COMPACT-SERVO telephoto zoom lens from Canon will be on full display during this year's NAB. This compact, lightweight lens will be essential for filmmakers who are seeking the quality optics of Canon's Cinema Primes with the features of an EF lens.  

Designed to compliment a variety of productions from narrative work to documentary shooting, the CN-E 70-200mm is ideal for cameras with EF-mounts featuring Super 35mm or APS-C sized sensors. The lens maintains its brightness across the entire 70 to 200mm focal range at a T-stop of T4.4 and is compatible with both the Canon EF 1.4x III (expanded focal range of 98-280mm) and EF 2x III (expanded focal range of 140mm-400mm) external extenders for added versatility. Being 4K friendly, it features a nine-blade iris aperture diaphragm to give footage an artistic look and a desired 'bokeh' effect in areas out-of-focus. 

CN-E 70-200mm
The new CN-E 70-200mm COMPACT-SERVO telephoto zoom lens.Credit: Canon
Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc says, "Canon prides itself on turning the ideas and thoughts from filmmakers about equipment into reality. We are very excited to expand our line of COMPACT-SERVO lenses, providing a variety of creators with an extremely versatile and affordable lens that features the outstanding build-quality and excellent optical performance that professionals have come to expect from Canon. We are excited to continue to build the COMPACT-SERVO line of lenses, and can't wait to see what the imaging community creates."

Enhancing its capabilities further is the aforementioned servo drive unit with industry-standard controllers, including Canon's ZSD-300D and FPD-400D, so operators can seamlessly switch between servo and manual modes to control zoom, focus and iris. Alternatively, if you're a run-and-gun shooter, the lens also works with the ZSG-C10 accessory grip. The grip connects to the lens through a 20-pin cable, allowing a variety of lens functions to be controlled including zoom, AF and start/stop recording. During manual operation, the lens features cine-standard 0.8 mod gears and a rubberized grip on the focus ring.

Bear in mind, while the lens touts image stabilization, auto-focus and auto-iris, features not normally found on primes, its "auto" features will only work with the EOS C100 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C700 via a firmware update scheduled to be released later this year.  Canon hasn't announced pricing yet, but the lens will ship in 2017. 

Canon C-Log
Canon C-log ungraded and graded comparisons.Credit: Canon

Canon offers C-Log update for EOS 5D Mark IV 

If you're a EOS 5D Mark IV user, Canon will be offering a Canon Log upgrade for filmmakers to achieve the same cinematic look of its popular Cinema EOS cameras. Unfortunately while not free for current EOS 5D Mark IV owners, the upgrade can be installed for $99 at any Canon service center across the U.S. starting this July. If you're shopping for a new EOS 5D Mark IV, it will come pre-installed with a retail price around $3,599 (body only).

If you're unfamiliar with Canon Log, it uses the image sensor's characteristics in a way that allows for a wide dynamic range with minimal loss of detail in the shadows and highlights. While it's not a RAW recording, the video is flat with low contrast/saturation and muted sharpness. The image retains more information providing flexibility while color grading in post. To grab your upgrade, you can visit usa.canon.com/canonlog5d4.


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Nothing on the crop yet or mjpeg? Rather spend my bitrate on ProRes or DNxHR 422 10bit which takes up the same space as mjpeg. That crop is pretty severe and nothing is going to fix the rolling shutter on these cams....I wanted this camera to be good for video soooooo bad!!!!

April 20, 2017 at 11:31AM

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Where's the c100 Mk3 with 4K? It seems ridiculous, considering the competition, that not all their c line cameras are 4K capable? I love canon and have used them for years but it's starting to look as if I'm going to have to move to Sony.

April 20, 2017 at 11:38AM, Edited April 20, 11:38AM

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Jamie Sergeant
Selfshooting Filmmaker, Writer
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I am exactly at the same place. Already purchased a a6300 to be a B-cam and see how's Sony's workflow but I'm getting tired of waiting for a c100mkIII. Really hoping Canon doesn't drop the ball.... AGAIN!

April 20, 2017 at 11:48AM

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Filipe Santos
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I always find it endearing that there are still Canon enthusiasts such as yourself.
This isn't 2013 anymore. What I mean by that is there are competitors now. Canon is not the company that innovates anymore, they just aren't. Other manufactures have seen this flaw in the Canon development system and have gone for the throat, and it's working. Maybe some day Canon will reclaim that throne but that will take a huge leap of innovation on there behalf, and it's just not there thing. Case and point, the 5DmkIV.

April 20, 2017 at 1:59PM

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Chris Kas
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Never wait for a camera.... either use what you have or move on. If you need 4k why are you waiting for the mk 3 that may never come?! There are several other options to choose from... when the mark III comes out it is going to be at least $8,000

April 20, 2017 at 8:02PM

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Walter Wallace
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They lost me at T 4.4

April 20, 2017 at 12:35PM, Edited April 20, 12:36PM

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SpacemanSteve
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I'm interested in whether c-log is similar to c-log2 for the c300 mk2 or c-log1. Or maybe I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.

April 20, 2017 at 1:47PM

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Julian
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I was looking at some sample footage with this lens and it looks very digital.....

April 20, 2017 at 8:01PM

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Walter Wallace
Spokesperson/Entrepreneur
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No Canon yawl still still not getting it... This is is just plain... sorrowful.

April 21, 2017 at 12:53AM

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Wentworth Kelly
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