Canon has taken the wraps off its new 50-1000mm CN20x 50 IAS H E1/P1 lens, expanding its cine-servo offerings with what the maker says is the first-ever lens boasting a combined 20x magnification, integrated 1.5x extender, and a removable servo drive. The lens is targeted specifically at nature and sports television productions.

The CN20x 50 IAS H E1/P1's servo drive has been updated over previous offerings, with the removability making it more practical for broadcasting purposes than other cine lenses. The new model supports 12-pin serial communication, and is designed for use with Super35mm cameras. The lens is relatively portable with a weight of approximately 14.5lbs, as well. 

Canon hails its latest model as an excellent choice for nature and sports production environments, not the least of which being due to the lens' flexibility and so-called "nimble hardware". The ultra-telephoto zoom allows for distant footage to be captured, and is joined be the convenience of single-lens shooting.

The lens' native focal range is 50 - 1000mm, which is taken to 75 - 1500mm when the built-in extender is employed. The CN20x 50 IAS H E1/P1 has a 180-degree focus ring rotation and simple focusing operations to meet the demands of fast-changing environments, says Canon, and will be available in both PL-mount and EF-mount variations. 

The new Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-telephoto Zoom lens is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2015 for a suggested list price of $78,000. For more information visit Canon's professional cinema lens website