October 16, 2014

Canon Just Announced an Insane 50-1000mm Servo Zoom Lens

[Update]: We now have pricing and availability information below.

The new Canon Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens can cover Super 35mm, has a removable servo drive, and has a built-in 1.5x extender that turns the lens into a 75mm-1500mm. It's going to make a lot of people happy, especially those who shoot sports or wildlife, and if you're shooting on a camera like a C300/C500 or F5/F55 that can see well into the dark, the slow speed of the lens at the longer focal lengths won't matter as much.

Canon 50-1000mm EF PL Servo Lens

Here are the specs:

  • EF or PL Mount
  • Focal Length: 50 - 1000mm (75-1500mm w/ 1.5xEXT)
  • Maximum Relative Aperture: T5.0 at 50-560mm
  • T8.9 at 1000mm
  • T7.5 at 75-840mm
  • T13.35 at 1500mm (1.5x)
  • Iris Blades: 11
  • Front Diameter: φ136mm
  • Size: (W x H x L) 175 x 170.6 x 413.2mm (EF mount)    175x170.6x405.2mm (PL Mount)
  • Weight: 6.6kg (14.5 pounds)
  • Gear Pitch — Focus: 0.8/0.5  Zoom: 0.5  Iris: 0.5
  • Availability: First Quarter 2015
  • Price: $78,000 (List price)

With the lens coming in at about 16 inches long and 14.5 pounds in either PL or EF, it's certainly not going to be portable like the 17-120mm they showed off at NAB (though it is lighter than the Optimo). This lens will probably find more cinema use in the 50-560mm range due to the constant aperture and slightly faster speed, though in daylight the speed is less of a concern.      

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Why why why do they hire such awful people to do the talking?

October 16, 2014 at 11:28AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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Canon releases stupid advertising promotions... then completely makes up for it by reinventing the term 'zoom'. That's quite an extensive range for a cine zoom! Impressive stuff...can't wait to see what it looks like in practice though

October 16, 2014 at 11:36AM

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James Oldham
Cinematographer
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This thing gon' be 'spensive.

October 16, 2014 at 1:26PM, Edited October 16, 1:26PM

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Yes it is. Just added pricing information to the post.

It will list for $78,000, so certainly not a lens most normal people can buy, though most of these lenses are usually purchased by rental houses.

October 16, 2014 at 4:38PM

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Joe Marine
Camera Department

Wow! that certainly is impressive. f8.9 at the far end though :/

October 16, 2014 at 2:43PM

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Tom Hornblow
Camera operator, Steadicam
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Okay, okay… but only if it will work on a 70D.

October 16, 2014 at 6:16PM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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I hope those zoom controls can be mounted on the pan head handle, cuz at 1000 mm just touching the lens can cause unwanted vibration... focusing also. There's no such thing as a tripod or a head that is too heavy... unless ya gotta carry it.

October 17, 2014 at 10:36AM, Edited October 17, 10:36AM

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Obviously someone's girlfriend at Canon's. Could hardly understand her.

October 18, 2014 at 12:11AM

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William Scherer
Writer/Director/Producer/Fine Art Aerial Photography
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Impressive ;D

October 20, 2014 at 2:25AM, Edited October 20, 2:25AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I'm sorry I hate to be negative... but you need an interpreter to understand what she is saying... I concur with earlier comments why can't they get spokesmen (or women) that can speak English in human fashion?

October 23, 2014 at 1:37AM

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John E.
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This year I am using the Leica Apo Summicron f2/180mm, with Speedbooster = f1,4/125mm up to f8/720mm with two 2x TC, IQ = amazing, even with 3x crop (GH5) 2100mm in UHD! I wouldn't like to exchange! Canon only shines because of there aggressive advertising.

October 27, 2017 at 10:06AM, Edited October 27, 10:12AM

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Markus Stark
Nature 4K Film, YT: Markus Stark
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