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Canon HJ21ex7.5B IRSE Lens

Canon HJ21ex7.5B IRSE Lens

The HJ21ex7.5B is a production portable lens having the widest field of view among the standard telephoto series of lenses. It is a replacement for the highly popular HJ21ex7.8B lens. It a strategic member of the family of seven HD portable EFP lenses offered by Canon that collectively offers an unusually broad range of creative options.

This particular lens was optimized for the highest EFP performance. Its relatively large input section includes innovative optical compensation to reduce focus breathing to an extremely low level. It is intended for producers and broadcasters having as their foremost priority a long focal length capability, wide-angle field of view, and exceptional optical performance. This has been achieved in a modest 5.65 lbs overall package. The optional flexibility of Canon’s Crossover aspect ratio switching system makes it a superb performer for both 16:9 widescreen and standard 4:3 image formats.

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The HJ21ex7.5B has an established track record as the long lens of preference in a wide variety of reality television productions.

Combining a 21x zoom range with generous wide-angle of 65.2 degree horizontal (for the 16:9 aspect ratio) this lens has proven to be a superb workhorse that can address a wide range of field production projects. It is noted for its unusually low focus breathing. Its 3-group focusing system minimizes chromatic aberrations at wide-angle operation.

The design optimization strategies sought a high and balanced MTF profile over the entire image plane at an approximate F4.0 aperture setting. Relative light distribution was optimized for F2.8 and above and this uniformity of brightness across the image plane combines with the high contrast and excellent picture sharpness to produce vividly clear HD pictures. Contrast was extended by superb control of black reproduction – with optical and mechanical design innovations that substantially reduced flare, veiling glare, and any internal reflections. Similar attention to minimization of ghost images and other highlight-related chromatic distortions caused by strong light sources on-axis and off-axis further extend the operational contrast range of the lens.

Four significant technologies converge to produce the HJ21ex7.5B IASE Aportable HD production lens system that has been tailored to partner with today’s highest performing HDTV portable cameras and camcorders:

Optical Technologies
Newly developed optical materials combined with the very latest lens element design innovations and multilayer coatings – that produce an unsurpassed pristine imaging system for the most discerning production team. The e-HDxs logo identifies the deployment of these technologies in the lens.

  • Power Optics – speaks to the combination of specialized materials, contemporary optical design, and multilayer coatings that produce the superb imagery
  • Internal Focus – a Canon design innovation that uses a floating optical system to better control chromatic aberrations
  • Crossover Technology – switchable operation between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio imagery

Digital Technologies
New third-generation enhanced digital servo systems using Canon-developed 16-bit optical rotary encoder devices introduce entirely new value-added creativity to handheld acquisition systems

  • Enhanced Digital Drive technology – encompasses a microcomputer driven servo control that embodies position memory and user-defined digital functionality to significantly empower the camera operator charged with creative shaping of the image presented to the camera sensors
  • 16-bit rotary encoder for aperture control reports to the associated camera Iris control system (10-bit compatibility)
  • Maximum Zoom speed is 0.5 seconds and Focus is 1.5 seconds

Mechanical Technologies
Ergonomic mechanical design that produced this HD lens having the same size and weight as its SDTV predecessor

  • Compact digital servo drive unit is mounted to the lens at a 12.5 degree angle for comfort and balance
    Magnesium alloy body for light weight and exceptional durability

Ecological Design
All contemporary Canon lenses avoid the use of materials and substances potentially harmful to the environment. Lead has been removed from all optics and other identified substances from all components comprising the composite lens system.

Product Category EFP Lens:
Product Series HJ21 x 7.5B Series
Image Composition
Object Image Format 2/3 inch
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Object Image size 9.59 mm (H) x 5.39 mm (V)
Zoom Ratio 21 X
Focal Length Range 7.5~158mm
Focal Length Range with Extender 15~316mm
Angular Field of View At 7.5mm
65.2o (H) x 39.6o (V)
At 158mm
3.5o (H) x 2.0o (V)
Angular Field of View with Extender At 15mm
35.5o (H) x 20.4o (V)
At 316mm
1.7o (H) x 1.0o (V)
Optical Brightness
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number) 1 : 1.9 at 7.5mm~116mm
1 : 2.6 at 158mm (Ramping Characteristic)
Maximum Relative Aperture (F-Number) with Extender 1 : 3.8 at 15~232mm
1 : 5.2 at 316mm (Ramping Characteristic)
Scene Composition
MOD From Front of Lens 0.85 Meter (10mm with Macro)
MOD From Camera Image Plane 1.16 Meter
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD 120.4 cm x 67.7 cm at 7.5mm
5.6 cm x 3.2 cm at 158mm
Scene Object Dimensions at MOD with Extender 60.2 cm x 33.9 cm at 15mm
2.8 cm x 1.6 cm at 316mm
Physical Attributes 7.1in (179.9mm) 4.8in (122.3mm) 10.2in (260.1mm) 5.81lbs (2.63kg)
Width 7.1in (179.9mm)
Height 4.8in (122.3mm)
Size Length mm mod1 10.2in (260.1mm)
Weight1 5.81lbs (2.63kg)
Weight 5.8 lbs
Dimensions 7.1 x 4.8 x 10.2 in


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