ES Broadcast Hire, the hire division of ES Broadcast, has taken delivery of another wave of new Canon UHD broadcast lenses, further expanding a 4K hire fleet that is already one of Europe’s largest.

The 20 Canon CJ12ex4.3B ENG lenses, 20 CJ20ex7.8B ENG lenses and 10 UJ90x9B UHD DIGISUPER 90 lenses augment the company’s extensive existing inventory of Canon UHD lenses and HD lenses.

The addition of the lenses is helping to meet the demand being generated by major sporting events being covered in UHD, such as this month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, taking place in Russia this summer.

Canon UHD lenses “a sensible investment”

“The  UJ90, CJ12  and CJ20 lenses are already helping to meet the increasing demand we have seen from OB companies to use Canon’s UHD solutions, especially in the sports arena,” said Warren Taggart, Managing Director of ES Broadcast Hire.

“Canon UHD lenses are a sensible investment for us as they fit seamlessly into the 4K workflows that more and more of our clients are using. They retain the same form factor and functionality that operators have become accustomed to when previously using Canon HD lenses. Our clients like this familiarity as well as the reliability and image quality that Canon lenses deliver.”

Demand for 4K workflows continuing to increase

Ian Barnard, Sales Director at Canon UK & Ireland, added: “ES Broadcast Hire’s investment in even more Canon UHD lenses demonstrates the industry’s growing demand for 4K workflows.”

In April 2017, ES Broadcast Hire became the first broadcast hire company in Europe to offer a full line-up of Canon UHD broadcast lenses, after purchasing multiple Canon UJ27x6.5B UHD DIGISUPER 27 lenses.

The compact and lightweight Canon CJ12ex4.3B and CJ20ex7.8B are compact, lightweight professional UHD broadcast lenses which give operators exceptional mobility and flexibility of use. The CJ12 offers 12x zoom and a focal length of 4.3-52mm. The CJ20 offers a 20x zoom and 7.8-156mm zoom range.

The Canon UJ90 is a UHD 4K 2/3″ field lens with 90x zoom and 9-810mm focal length (or up to 1620mm with the built-in 2x extender). Thanks to its wide focal range, it is the ideal lens to cover wide spaces such as sports arenas with a single lens.