Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
New documentary brings conservation into focus with Canon HD lenses
A new HD documentary shot by filmmaker Dickson Sorensen about the O’Dell Creek Headwaters Restoration Project made use of an array of Canon HD lenses to capture the reclaiming of a wetland drained for more than 50 years.
Sorensen used a combination of a Canon 40:1 portable zoom lens, Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (“Shift-IS”) technology, and the HJ40x10B telephoto EFP lens. He said the lens allowed him to get shots that would have been impossible otherwise.
An award-winning feature film and commercial cinematographer with worldwide shooting experience, Sorensen, and co-producer Jeff Laszlo, documented the stream’s restoration in rural Montana for more than two years, capturing 720/30p HD footage with their Canon HJ40x10B EFP lens. Without the lens’ telephoto capabilities and image stabilization, they never would have been able to record what they did.
The HJ40x10B telephoto HD lens can be extended to 770mm with a 2X extender. The lens also features the company’s built-in Shift-IS system to achieve rock-solid images at extreme telephoto distances.
The HD telephoto lens also features Enhanced Digital Drive technology, which employs a microcomputer-driven servo control that enables users to pre-set zoom position memory and other user-defined settings that significantly empower the camera operator. Ergonomics are further enhanced by a compact digital servo drive unit, which is mounted to the lens at a 12.5-degree angle for operator comfort and balance.
In addition to the HJ40x10B telephoto EFP lens, Sorensen also used a Canon HJ17ex7.6B IRSE portable HD ENG/EFP zoom lens (a wide-angle HD zoom weighing just 3.56lbs).
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