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Canon U.S.A. Introduces the Competitively Priced KJ20x8.2B KRSD Portable 20x HD Zoom Lens with Exceptional Optical Performance

  Canon U.S.A. Introduces the Competitively Priced KJ20x8.2B KRSD Portable 20x
  HD Zoom Lens with Exceptional Optical Performance

    Latest Canon HDgc Series Lens Features High Peripheral Brightness and
    Resolution, Fast Zoom, and Support for the Lens Aberration Correction
                     Functions of Third-Party HD Cameras

Business Wire

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- December 17, 2012

Canon 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 and 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 operation.

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 lens-aberration-correction functions.

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
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

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Contact:

Editorial Contacts:
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bmckernan@marcommgroup.com
or
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www.usa.canon.com
or
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