Al Jazeera picks Canon as global lens provider
Dubai, December 8, 2013
Canon Middle East has announced that broadcaster Al Jazeera Media Network has chosen to equip its professional news cameramen with Canon’s advanced 2/3-inch HD broadcast lenses.
Al Jazeera Network will use 172 premium standard lenses - the HJ17ex6.2B IRSE – with its new Electronic News Gathering (ENG) cameras, in bureaus across the world, a Canon statement said.
Offering improved mobility and flexibility for news crews filming on the move as well as in the studio, the HJ17ex6.2B is equipped with the standard digital drive unit and display, found on all of Canon’s professional broadcast lenses.
“Professional photographers, filmmakers and creative industries rely on Canon as the industry standard for image excellence. As such Canon is regularly recognised by industry bodies for its product innovation and quality. The adoption of Canon lenses by Al Jazeera further reflects our commitment to imaging excellence and meeting our customers’ needs,” said Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East.
Paul Quinn, manager, News Operations, Al Jazeera said: “Our crews are based worldwide, often covering news and documentary stories in extreme conditions, and the Canon HJ17 has provided the highest quality images and proved itself to be extraordinarily robust and reliable in the field.”
The Canon HJ17x6.2B IRSE lens allows cameramen to shoot wider and closer without additional equipment, the Premium Standard lens functions as both a wide-angle and tele-lens.
In addition, the lens is Full HD and features a short minimum object distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4 meters and a minimum focal length of 6.2mm for shooting in confined spaces, with a maximum focal length of 106mm or 212mm when paired with a 2x extender.
Camera operators can also easily pre-set features such as zoom speed and button function adjustment for more efficient control at their fingertips.
“Canon’s proactive engagement with us on preventative maintenance, product advice and training has ensured production efficiencies and business continuity. And the after sales support from Canon has been second to none,” concluded Quinn. – TradeArabia News Service