Canon HDTV Field, Portable and Studio Lenses Help Capture NBC Olympics Coverage

Canon HDTV Field, Portable and Studio Lenses Help Capture NBC Olympics Coverage


Melville, NY—Canon USA was selected to provide HDTV portable, field and studio lenses to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its presentation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6–23.

The announcement that more than 70 Canon HDTV lenses are involved in the production was made by David Mazza, senior vice president, Engineering, NBC Olympics, and Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Professional Engineering & Solutions, Canon USA, Inc.

“Canon is honored to once again be chosen by NBC Olympics as its lens provider,” said Larry Thorpe. “Canon has supplied NBC with lenses for its Olympics coverage since 1992. A wide variety of Canon’s most advanced field, studio and portable HD lenses will be used by NBC Olympics to capture the action at the many winter sports venues in Sochi. A complete team of Canon service professionals will also be on-hand with NBC in Russia to ensure a positive production experience.”

Models include the XJ100X9.3B AF long-zoom field lens and the XJ27X6.5B AF studio zoom lens, both featuring Canon autofocus capabilities based on a proprietary HD implementation of Through-the-Lens Secondary Image Registration Phase Detection Method technology. Also helping to provide steady images from telephoto distances is the portable HJ40X10B super telephoto HD lens with Canon shift-IS internal optical shift image stabilization and the compact HJ15EX8.5B image-stabilized HD lens with Canon’s vari-angle prism image-stabilizer (VAP-IS) technology.

Additional Canon portable HDTV lenses being used by NBC Olympics during its presentation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games include the HJ14ex4.3B wide-angle zoom, the HJ22ex7.6B and HJ21ex7.5B long focal length zooms, the HJ18ex28B portable ultra-telephoto HD lens, the HJ17ex7.7B high-end field production lens, and the KJ22ex7.6B multi-purpose portable HD lens.

“Canon has been our lens partner for over 20 years now. In all those years, they have never delivered anything but superb optics and service for all of our Olympic coverage,” added David Mazza. “Regardless of the conditions—including bad weather, temperature extremes and fast-paced productions—Canon lenses always produce amazing pictures. We have grown to rely on their outstanding on-site support and they are a critical member of our team.”

In addition, as they were in New Jersey to support professionals photographers covering the Super Bowl, a Canon Professional Services (CPS) team is on-site in Sochi to provide photographers and broadcasters with access to support personnel, equipment maintenance and product loans throughout the month of February.