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Thursday, 09 December 2010 02:46

Canon HJ15 Lens Conquers Pikes Peak

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Canon HJ15 Lens Conquers Pikes Peak

Canon’s HJ15ex8.5B lens, the world’s first portable HD zoom lens with built-in Optical Image stabilization, was recently used to shoot the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Videographer Sam Allen shot this exciting auto race from a helicopter buffeted by high winds at an altitude of 10,000 feet, yet despite aircraft and wind vibrations, Allen had no problems with the HJ15. “It was one of the roughest days I’ve ever had over that mountain,” Allen recalls. “Flying can get very tricky up there. High-def video’s greater picture resolution reveals more of everything, including camera shake. With the HJ15, however, there was no vibration in the video.” Indeed, designed for 2/3-inch ENG/EFP HD cameras, Canon’s HJ15ex8.5B lens can stabilize a wide range of vibration frequencies, which makes it ideally suited for use in a diverse range of outdoor shooting situations.

Compact in size and weighing only 4.4 pounds, the HJ15ex8.5B lens is considerably lighter and smaller than other image-stabilization solutions for portable ENG-style HD cameras, adding versatility to location shoots. The lens uses a new version of Canon’s patented Vari-Angle Prism Image-Stabilizer (VAP-IS) technology to maintain stable images even when the camera is subject to jolts and vibrations. This high level of steadiness is maintained all the way from wide-angle to telephoto settings. To learn more, go to

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