The COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF-mount lens combines the benefits of compact size and light weight (only 2.7 lbs.) for outstanding mobility. Designed to shoot video, this lens can be ideal for the cinematographer moving up from our EF lenses, combining the functionality of our EF lenses with the video shooting features of our Cinema lenses.
Acknowledging the need to control zoom, focus and iris/aperture, Canon has developed this zoom lens with full external servo control for drama, documentary and other video productions. The servo drive unit is compatible with industry-standard lens controllers including Canon's standard broadcast lens controllers (ZSD-300D/FPD-400D). The optional ZSG-C10 grip designed exclusively for this lens adds additional flexibility for the ENG style 'run-and-gun" video shooter.
Our first Cinema style lens that incorporates both an Image Stabilization function and Autofocus function, the lens is also fully 4K-ready, with a high optical resolution and support for Super35mm large-format cameras. A 9-blade aperture diaphragm helps ensure an artistic and beautiful representation of out-of-focus areas (or "Bokeh"). The lens also features a 4.4x zoom magnification, a focal length range of 18mm to 80mm, and a 180 degrees smooth rotating focus ring.
Overall, the video features and functionality of the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF-mount lens make it an ideal choice for a wide range of professional video shooting environments.
Lens Design Optimized for Video Acquisition:
Broad Focal Length Coverage
Covering the commonly used focal length, 18mm to 80mm
Maintains focus throughout the zoom range
Performance that is stable across the entire zoom range
Brightness across the entire zoom range constant at T4.4 (equal to F4.0)
High Level 4K Optical Performance
Optical performance that is commensurate with 4K cameras with S35 format sensors
Same Colour Characteristics as the existing Cinema Lens lines
Iris Mechanism for Motion Picture
Seamless Control Capability with iris ring
Auto Iris available*
Minimized Focus Breathing
Servo Capability in a Compact Lightweight Design:
Newly Developed Servo Drive Unit
Servo Control Capability for all zoom, focus and iris
Power provided via camera mount*
Compatible with broadcast style servo lens controllers
Optional ZSG-C10 Grip for shoulder mount applications
Compact (182.3mm in Length) and Lightweight (2.65 lbs.) for Increased Mobility and Versatility
Supports a Wide Range of Optional Accessories
Enhanced Compatibility with our Cinema EOS Digital Cameras:
Auto Focus Function*
Other EF Functions*
Remote Control of Zoom, Focus and Iris via Camera
REC Start/Stop from ZSG-C10 Grip Unit
Peripheral Illumination Correction
Chromatic Aberration Correction
Lens Meta Data Record
T Number/F Number Display Select
Compatible with EF-mount Cameras only
*These functions are enabled with compatible EF-mount camera models only, including Canon's Cinema EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C100 Mark II.
Rated 5 out of
"Very happy with the fictionality and overall quality of this lens, Canon does it again !""Firstly, I can't say enough about Henry's, their service is the best in Canada !
This Canon CN-E 18-80 T4.4 Servo Zoom is worth every penny in my opinion. Coming from stills lenses I can say this is a great step up in functionality and overall image. Paired with the C100 mark ii, this lens performs very well. I was surprised to see the focus ""box"" in the viewfinder indicating focus lock. Auto focus is pretty fast but not silent, there is some audible sound that the camera mics will pick up in a quiet room. I never use the onboard mics so not an issue for me. Manual focus is smooth with a short throw, it is a bit awkward and like what you would expect from a stills lens. NO hard stops, there is a 0.8 pitch gear on the focus ring but I really can't see myself using a follow focus with this lens. Probably the only thing I am not crazy about regarding this lens. The positive thing about the ""short throw"" is you can find your focus quick in run and gun situations, I still prefer a longer throw and hard stops for accuracy. The servo is a thing of beauty even without the optional hand grip. Ability to change the speed in 16 increments can be done in-camera or on the lens itself. The slowest setting is very slow, subtle enough for a hardly noticeable ken burn zoom in or out. The fast servo setting is about as fast as you could ever need. Finding the servo +/- buttons is a bit awkward as they are small and not in a typical servo rocker position, likely takes a little getting used to. The servo is not an option I use regularly but nice to know it is there for the odd time I need it. The ""IS"" has 3 modes and all work really well, mode ""A"" for general hand-held mode is effective in most situations. Aperture (iris) is either on lens with a smooth rotation (no clicks like on stills lenses) or you can select ""auto iris"" and use the the cameras grip to select f-stop (this will still be in increments of 1/3 stop however). I'm slightly ""old school"" so I like the smooth manual aperture ring at my finger tips. The T4.4 (f/4) is consistent throughout the zoom range, it really is. I prefer a f2.8 lens but honestly, the sensor on the C100 and C300 is so sensitive you can easily get away with f/4 on this lens in lower light situations and also get good DOF. Colour rendition is superb, like all the cinema primes and zooms, slightly warm with pleasing skin tones. Some breathing noticeable on the wide end (18mm) but better than some more expensive lenses. Breathing is undetectable to me at 80mm. I purchased a Zacuto lens support (sold separately) because this lens is long and heavy enough to damage lens mounts. But note: due to the configuration of the servo and it's location, a standard lens support will not work with this lens. You only get a special lens mount attachment that allows for standard lens supports when you purchase the optional hand grip with the zoom rocker etc. Not noted in literature but worth knowing because if you plan on supporting this lens using 15mm rails (which I recommend), your options are greatly limited without this small lens holder bracket that attaches to the lens allowing the use of standard lens supports. I believe it should come with the lens itself or at very least, be available for separate purchase from Canon. I am sure I am leaving out many things regarding this lens but you can find a lot of information on the Canon web site and YouTube. Overall. I would recommend this lens to anyone who would like to have a dedicated cinema lens on their camera opposed to a stills lens. For me function is everything so for the price this lens was a solid decision. Canon really only compromised on the focus ring function on this lens, no hard stops, but they had to do it to keep the price affordable."