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Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Cinema Zoom Lens (EF Mount)

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Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Cinema Zoom Lens (EF Mount)
Key Features
  • Covers Super 35 & APS-C Formats
  • EF Mount
  • T4.4 Constant Maximum Aperture
  • 9-Blade Iris
The Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Lens combines the functionality of Canon's EF lenses with the features and performance of their CN-E lineup. Designed for use with EF-mount cameras featuring Super 35 or APS-C sized sensors, the lens covers an incredibly useful 18 to 80mm focal range while maintaining a constant T-stop of T4.4 (f/4) throughout. Measuring 7.2" long and weighing only 2.65 lb, the lens presents itself as a compact, lightweight option suitable for a variety of productions, from narrative work to run-and-gun documentaries. Notably, the lens is Canon's first cine-style option to incorporate image stabilization and auto focus functionality when paired with Cinema EOS cameras.
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Canon Compact-Servo CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Lens Design
  • 3Servo Control
  • 4Functionality with Cinema EOS Cameras

The Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Lens combines the functionality of Canon's EF lenses with the features and performance of their CN-E lineup. Designed for use with EF-mount cameras featuring Super 35 or APS-C sized sensors, the lens covers an incredibly useful 18 to 80mm focal range while maintaining a constant T-stop of T4.4 (f/4) throughout. Measuring 7.2" long and weighing only 2.65 lb, the lens presents itself as a compact, lightweight option suitable for a variety of productions, from narrative work to run-and-gun documentaries. Notably, the lens is Canon's first cine-style option to incorporate image stabilization and auto focus functionality when paired with Cinema EOS cameras.

Further enhancing the versatility of this lens, Canon has equipped it with a servo drive unit compatible with industry-standard lens controllers, including Canon's broadcast ZSD-300D and FPD-400D, for full zoom, focus, and iris control. Alternatively, you can outfit the lens with the optional ZSG-C10 Control Grip for ENG-style lens control and operation. Power is provided to the grip from compatible cameras via the EF mount. For non-servo zoom control, the lens features cine-standard 0.8 mod gears, as well as a rubberized grip on the focus ring enabling comfortable manual operation.

Lens Design

  • Covers Super 35 / APS-C formats
  • 18 to 80mm focal range (4.4x zoom ratio)
  • Constant T4.4 (f/4) aperture
  • Parfocal design to maintain focus during zoom
  • Minimized focus breathing
  • Cine-standard 0.8 MOD focus gear ring
  • 0.5 MOD iris and zoom gear rings
  • Focus ring rotates 180°
  • Matching color characteristics to existing CN-E lenses
  • 9-blade iris
  • Iris closing
  • Compact and lightweight design

Servo Control

  • Servo Control Capability for all zoom, focus and iris
  • Power provided via camera mount (from compatible cameras)
  • Compatible with broadcast-style servo lens controllers, such as Canon ZSD-300D and FPD-400D
  • Optional ZSG-C10 Grip for ENG-style control and shoulder mount applications

Functionality with Cinema EOS Cameras

  • Auto focus function (Continuous AF, One-Shot AF, Focus Guide)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Remote control of zoom, focus and iris via camera
  • REC start/stop from ZSG-C10 Grip
  • Peripheral illumination correction
  • Chromatic aberration correction
  • Lens metadata record
  • T-stop/F-stop number display select
UPC: 013803282566

Canon Compact-Servo CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Specs

Focal Length18 to 80mm
Lens MountCanon EF
FormatSuper35/APS-C
Image Circle31.4 mm
Maximum ApertureT4.4
f/4
Diagonal Angle of ViewSuper35: 80.5 to 21.1°
Minimum Focus DistanceFrom : 1.6' / 0.5 m
Diaphragm Blades9
Front Diameter84 mm
Filter Thread77 mm
Zoom Ratio4.4x
Image StabilizationNo
Dimensions (W x H)3.7 x 4.2" / 94 x 106.7 mm
Length7.2" / 18.23 cm
Weight2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.5 x 11.1 x 5.7"

Canon Compact-Servo CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Reviews

Fantastic cinema lens

By Salvatore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-28

It's a fantastic lens which I use with my Canon c70 along with the adapter. Be sure that if you use the adapter that gives you an additional stop that you will get vignetting. The negative is that the servo is pretty loud if zooming quickly.

Used with EVA-1

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-31

Bought this lens a few weeks ago and love it. Communicates well with the EVA-1 and the Servo Zoom is awesome. I would have liked a faster lens but $$ wise, a great purchase. Thanks B& H.

Bang for buck, but could be better

By walter
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-22

This zoom lens pairs well with the C300 Mark II, but the optics are not as good as the sigma art lenses. This lens is great for shooting documentaries  (run and gun) as it offers a lot of versatility and has the servo which is pretty awesome. Overall I think it is a pretty good deal all things considered, but this is not one I would use if high end optics are high on my priority list.

Great paired with Ursa Mini Pro

By derek
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-19

Very pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly well this works with my Ursa Mini Pro. The servo, auto iris and IS all work perfectly and the lens is powered right off the cameras EF Mount! What's even more amazing is that the record button on the servo grip works, the lanc connector on the Ursa is garbage and mine has broken twice but now I don't need it when I'm using this lens. The front is standard 77mm so it works with all the filters I already have. One major negative is that this lens is slow at a T4.4, but tested against the Canon 24-105mm F4 it was actually 1/2 stop faster and lost less light on the long end. At 800 iso the Ursa needs a lot of light so I won't be able to stay on this lens all the time unfortunately. My only other gripe is that the hand grip cable is too short. It should have come with an extension so that the grip could be mounted more comfortably.

a very nice gear I have

By Mason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-21

it is a great product and fun to be used or played for video recording.

Pairs perfectly with the Canon EOS C300 Mark II

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-20

This is an excellent lens to really enable your C300 II to serve as both a beautiful cinema camera as well as an excellent run and gun ENG camera. Period. Parfocal is flawless. Quality of the output is stunning. If on the other hand, you like lugging around a backpack or rolling case with a bunch of lenses, and your sound capturing devices then just keep that workflow. Hopefully, you have everything properly set up and dialed in before your subject either slithers away or the moment or action is over. And, if you look at the sweet spot for all of your fast lenses, is it really f/1.7-2.8? Seriously doubt it. The shallow depth of field for the T4.4 is beautiful. If the price is too high for you, then simple. Don't buy it.

Clearest image yet

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-02

Since we bought these CN-E lenses I did a double take at our cameras to really make sure I was seeing with I saw. My supervisor was nervous now being in camera knowing that you can see every detail inside even our original C100. We have always shot with Canon L series glass but the CN-E line really opened our eyes to true quality. Worth the money and then some.

Some Observations On Using This Lens

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-19

1. Parfocal - This is really the only reason I purchased this lens! When filming live events I am frequently zooming in/out during shots. I also own the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II and Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 Lenses, both of which work fairly well, however neither lens stays in focus when zooming in/out. The Canon CN-E 18-80mm Compact-Servo is 100% parfocal and adjustable depending on the camera/adapter you are using regardless of whether it is Canon, BlackMagic, Panasonic, Sony or a MetaBones Adapter/SpeedBooster. This cannot be overstated. The flange distance when using a MetaBones adapter or SpeedBooster (or any adapter) is different from using a native Canon body. For example, let’s say that the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II lens loses 10% focus when zooming on a 5D MK IV, it may lose 25% focus when attached to a MetaBones. The more the lens goes out of focus during zooming, the more distracting it becomes and the more difficult to quickly bring the image back into focus. The back focus adjustment on the Canon CN-E 18-80mm Compact-Servo works 100% perfectly so you can use any camera with any adapter and maintain sharp focus throughout the zoom range. 2. I Don’t Use the Grip or Zoom Rocker I have the Servo Grip, but I never use it and I never use the Zoom rocker. I find myself simply zooming manually - usually very fast for the stuff I shoot (Academy Awards Red Carpet, Concerts etc). It’s just my opinion, but I think zooming manually looks fresher, more modern, whereas the zoom rocker shots look a bit old-fashioned (ramping and speed). 3. Lens Support The Canon 18-80mm Servo-Zoom w/Grip actually does come with a threaded mount for the bottom of the lens so you can support this lens on rails without buying the expensive Zacuto equivalent. B&H has 17 photos of the lens yet none of them show this piece. Perhaps it is only included when you get the grip with the lens. I don’t know. You will need to buy some generic rig pieces to make it work, but easily doable and when using a Baseplate/Rails the camera is lifted up just enough where you also do not need the Zacuto right angle cable in order to put the camera down with the Servo Grip Cable attached.

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question

When using this lens on a new RED Epic Weapon, what would be the equivalent size from the 18 ml & up to the 80 ml?
Asked by: tim
The CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 lens is meant for Super35/APS-C sensors. This lens will cover the RED Weapon 8K S35 (Super35) sensor but not on the forthcoming 8K VV (Vista Vision) sensor. In Super35 mode, the crop factor as compared to Full Frame is about 1.6. Thus this lens would compare to about 29mm to 128mm in Full Frame. If I may, I would like to point out that calculating crop factor is a process that did not exist before digital cameras and therefore suggest dropping the process since it is confusing for novices and unnecessary for seasoned shooters. I recommend to just learn what a normal lens is for the format you are using and then drop calculating lens size for a format you are not shooting in.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is this lens work with the Canon Extender EF 2x ...

Is this lens work with the Canon Extender EF 2x with everything works on a Canon C100 Mark ll?
Asked by: Bill
Unfortunately it will not. This lens is not compatible with Canon's 2X extender.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-10-29

question

Is the servo control removable rom the lens for fully manual operation?
Asked by: Spencer
We are not seeing any mention that the servo motor can be removed/replaced by the user. We would think that this has to do with properly aligning it with the lens. However for those of you wishing full manual operation, there is a switch on the bottom left allowing you just that.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Am I right in assuming that I could pair this with the metabones EF-MFT smart adapter for use on the GH4 and new GH5?
Asked by: Anonymous
You should be able to use this lens with either the GH4 or soon to be released GH5 when using the standard Metabones EF to MFT Smart Adapter, B&H #MEEFM43BT2. However this combination has not yet been tested by Metabones as the CN-E 18-80mm was only just released.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Does this lens have a crop with the Blackmagic ...

Does this lens have a crop with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro G2 ?
Asked by: Zachariah
You would have a crop factor of approximately 1.5 with full frame lenses, but not with S35.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2021-10-15

question

If used in conjunction with a metabones smart adapter could this be used on a Black Magic Studio adapter with the electronic features intact?
Asked by: William
The Metabones Canon EF Lens to Blackmagic 2.5k Cinema Camera T Speed Booster (Micro 4/3 Mount) has electronic pass through so the lens, adapter and camera have a good chance of working as described. Hopefully someone will test this idea soon so that we will know.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

assuming the electronic functions work well with ...

assuming the electronic functions work well with the metabones adapter ... will the BLACKMAGIC ZOOM AND FOCUS DEMANDS CONTROL THIS LENS (instead of using the SS-41-IASD)? thanks!
Asked by: Christopher
No. The unit is designed to be drive zoom control of MFT lenses with power zoom for Blackmagic Studio Cameras.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2021-10-19

What is the focus throw on this lens?

What is the focus throw on this lens?
Asked by: Anonymous
Being a focus by wire lens, there are no hard stops and the throw looks to be typically short for such a lens; about 45°.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2020-01-10
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