This Canon broadcast lens helps capture 4K, HDR video

Canon’s 4K broadcast lens lineup is one of the most expensive in the industry. The Canon CJ17ex6.2B is the line’s latest broadcast lens. It’s a portable, 4K broadcast zoom lens with a highly versatile focal length.

The CJ17ex6.2B, according to the Canon, is an “optically excellent” lens for 2/3” 4K cameras. As more broadcasters shift from HDto 4K, lenses like the CJ17ex6.2B are becoming more valuable. It’s capable of recording professional-level HDR and 4K video.

Canon’s CJ17ex6.2B broadcast lens is a wide-angle and telephoto lens

The Canon CJ17ex6.2B broadcast lens is a highly versatile lens. Its large focal length allows it to act as both a wide-angle and telephoto lens. The lens works well for professionals like events, sports, news, and studio broadcasts. Additionally, the J17ex6.2B minimizes ghosting and flare. This allows for better HDR capture. Ghost and flaring are compatible with the lens’s chromatic aberration correction, based on the BT.2020 wide color gamut.

Essentially, the Canon CJ17ex6.2B is two lenses in one. It offers high magnification with a 17x zoom ratio and a wide-angle view at 6.2mm. The Canon broadcast lens also boasts a focal range of 6.2mm to 106mm. When using the built-in 2x optical extender, it delivers a 12.4mm to 212mm focal range.

Canon CJ17ex6.2B side view

“The capability to capture images at both a wide-angle and at telephoto focal length, while maintaining stunning optical performance, provides a solution to the industry demand for the flexible kit,” Canon says.


Portability is another key competent to broadcast setups. Canon claims the CJ17ex6.2B works great for one-shoulder shooting and interviewing. In total, the lens weighs just 4.78 pounds. It measures to be 6.49 inches (w) x 4.31 inches (h) x 9.46 inches (l) in size.

“It offers the durability and operability of a conventional HD lens – ensuring the high mobility needs demanded of cameras in the reporting and documentary fields are met with excellence,” Canon says.

Pricing and availability

The Canon CJ17ex6.2B broadcast lens launches this June.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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