CameraEver wanted to go from 50mm to 1000mm just by a turn of the hand, without having to struggle with your bag, pray to whatever higher power you believe in that you won’t drop your lens while switching, or not missing that once in a lifetime shot? Is it possible?
Wonder no more, Canon has pulled it off. Announced mid-October, the CINE-SERVO 50–1000mm T5.0–8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens , has been dubbed the ‘world’s longest 4K ultra-telephoto zoom lens for large-format single-sensor cameras”.
“Its price is as dizzying as the specs it boasts: $78k!” – photographer Patrick Mahony.
This behemoth of a lens was developed for use with Canon’s EOS C-series DSLRs, but since it is produced for both EF and PL mounts, anyone with a Canon and a large enough bank account can try it out.
And just because 1000mm doesn’t sound impressive enough for our friends at Canon, “this bazooka has a built-in 1.5x magnifier, boosting its zoom range to 75–1500mm” explains Patrick Mahony with the smile of a child on Christmas morning.
The optics were developed with new TV technology 4K in mind and thus covers the Super 35mm frame size. It has an 11-blade iris and removable drive unit to be able to use it with a zoom switch.
Zoom and focus settings can also be programmed, which means that whether you want fast or slow rack focus. This basically means that you can cover the full range of the focus in as little as 1.5 seconds. Inversely, if you want a slow, smooth zoom, it can be programmed to cover the full range as slow as 180 seconds. Patrick Mahony admits that “practical considerations aside, you could do everything you ever needed to with this lens”.
This jewel won’t be available until the first quarter of 2015 and at such a steep price, very few independents will likely ever put their hands on it.
Patrick Mahony told us he thinks that this isn’t simply a case of Canon showing off its R&D, but that he believes there will be great use for this “toy” in the advertising industry and “Hollywood will definitely make it the centerpiece of some big-budget features”.