|[December 17, 2012]
Canon U.S.A. Introduces the Competitively Priced KJ20x8.2B KRSD Portable 20x HD Zoom Lens with Exceptional Optical Performance
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Canon (News - Alert) U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has introduced the
competitively priced KJ20x8.2B KRSD 20x portable HD zoom lens, which is
designed to support the new generation of affordable professional
2/3-inch HD acquisition systems. The KJ20x8.2B KRSD is ideal for wedding
videography, corporate and educational production, and broadcast ENG.
The newest model in Canon's cost-effective HDgc Series of portable HD
lenses, the KJ20x8.2B KRSD provides sharp, clear optical performance and
operator-convenience features designed to rival those of "packaged lens"
systems. Impressive features of the Canon KJ20x8.2B KRSD include its
8.2mm wide-angle of view, 20x zoom range, and distortion-free peripheral
brightness and peripheral resolution from intermediate zoom to
telephoto. Weighing only 2.75 lbs. (1.25 kg), the KJ20x8.2B KRSD also
features Canon Advanced Drive Unit technology for fast 1.0 second zooms,
quiet operation, and other enhanced shooting capabilities.
"The professional HDTV production market is diverse and increasingly
value-minded," observed Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and
general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group,
Canon U.S.A. "The new KJ20x8.2B KRSD portable HD zoom lens marks a
price-performance breakthrough for the many production applications
seeking excellent picture quality from the new generation of lower-cost
third-party HD camcorders. Designed with special advantages for such
cameras, the KJ20x8.2B KRSD combines advanced optical technologies,
innovative operator-convenience features, and a competitive price that
makes it attractive to a wide range of users."
The exceptional optical performance of Canon's new KJ20x8.2B KRSD
portable HD lens is the result of Canon's world-leading design tools,
including cutting-edge optical-simulation and 3D-design technologies,
novel optical glass materials and coatings, and extraordinary dispersion
glass (which Canon also uses for its flagship HDxs series lenses).
Collectively these technologies and materials have facilitated a high
degree of optimization of the cost-performance ratio of the new
KJ20x8.2B KRSD. The lens has minimized axial and lateral chromatic
aberrations, coma aberrations, and geometric distortion. Chromatic
aberration is suppressed across the entire lens surface, enabling sharp
images with minimal distortion at any object distance. An optimal
balance of resolution an contrast in peripheral areas of the image
enables users to achieve crisp, clear pictures. Unique Canon optical
materials and multilayer optical coatings used for the KJ20x8.2B KRSD
effectively attenuate optical artifacts such as ghosting, flare, and
veiling glare that might be stimulated by strong light sources (for
example, sun in daytime and car headlights at nighttime). The KJ20x8.2B
KRSD exhibits a high MTF (modulation transfer function) at picture
center that is also well controlled, out to picture extremities. This
high MTF is well sustained even with operational adjustments of focal
length and object distance. The KJ20x8.2B KRSD features a focal length
of 8.2-164 mm, which is well balanced for both near and distant subjects
and provides exceptional rendering of distant subjects at wide angles -
frequently required for landscape and cityscape shots.
Various companies have introduced portable HD cameras with
lens-aberration correction functions. The KJ20x8.2B KRSD portable HD
zoom lens is fitted with a camera-communication interface to support
these separate aberration correction functions.*
In addition to its optical sophistication, the new KJ20x8.2B KRSD
portable HD zoom lens also features Canon's improved Advanced Drive Unit
technology. This technology is famous for the convenience and control it
affords to camera operators using Canon portable HD lenses. Advanced
Drive Unit technology for the new KJ20x8.2B KRSD includes Shuttle Shot,
a Canon-exclusive technology that enhances production capabilities. At
the touch of a button, Shuttle Shot allows the operator to rapidly zoom
back and forth between any two positions. Shuttle Shot can be used to
zoom to the telephoto position to check focus and almost instantly
return to the original position, or users can "shuttle" between any two
zoom-positions at any time. Users can set specific Shuttle Shot zoom
positions using a simple "Memo" push switch; the switch enables more
reliable Shuttle Shot set-up in the field, where more consistent
functioning of the controls is required. The KJ20x8.2B KRSD's zoom can
travel end-to-end in as little as 1.0 second, an improvement over the
speed of previous models; although faster, special noise suppression on
the servomotor inside the Advanced Drive Unit ensures very quiet
The KJ20x8.2B KRSD Advanced Drive Unit also features an ergonomically
re-designed, tilted shape for user comfort, convenience, and balance.
The operator's tactile connection with the lens is enhanced by a ribbed
surface on the bottom of the Drive Unit to ensure a firmer grip and
better overall operational control. A new grip support allows users to
firmly grasp the drive Unit without inadvertently pressing on the VTR or
Shuttle Shot buttons.
The KJ20x8.2B KRSD will have an estimated list price of $5,800 and an
estimated delivery date of March, 2013.
* Check with the specific camera manufacturer to determine whether
their camera is compatible with KJ20x8.2B KRSD
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011†
and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012.
In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award
for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories
for the ninth consecutive year and for camcorders for the past two
years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer
service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A.
is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A.,
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