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80D v2

The new Canon EOS-80D brings some interesting video features from full HD 1920-1080 50p to the optional servo zoom adapter.


The optional Canon PZ-E1 zoom adapter allows you to use the new zoom 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 as you would a video camera.


Unlike Sony’s recently announced a6300, Canon have designers who appreciate video comes with sound and the need for a headphone socket is rather essential. The Canon doesn’t have 4K 25p but as most of us are filming full HD its not an issue.

Here is a video produced by WEX


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

9 thoughts on “New Canon EOS-80D with optional servo zoom lens

  1. HD but with a servo zoom wide to tele (but only 200 something mm) , still better than nothing. Works on AAA batteries. ok , never seen before but still a good thing. then BANG , the usual recording limit. So it stays in the cartel of the oligopoly to force onemanband videographers to spend some absurd stratospheric amount of money on a real video camera and for no reason (I mean of course there is a reason: intentional limitations agreed by all for damoney)

  2. The servo adapter doesn’t have a lanc port (Gosh forbid somebody could use this for real with a real remote) , but it can be controlled with an app from da phone, so the geeks can cheer “cool”. We don’t, really.

  3. Looks like a good option, but no mention of whether they’ve fixed the bad moire and aliasing of the 70D in video.

  4. I agree absolutely with you, Mark.
    Do you (videographer) want to do a decent video? Buy the C300.
    No, thanks, Canon.

  5. Angel : the C300 (at least in nyc) is very popular with the outdoor broadcast to be taped and edited (not really live) but also in medium budget productions (movies). Again several networks are using it along with the alexas (and they buy the equipment, don’t rent) for quality stuff. The quality is what is it, beautiful. Hands down. My personal camera is the PMW-400 because I do more sports and I need a good low light, and a shoulder mount , a servo on a real zoom, a lanc , sd on sdi for the truck … I mean all the works. Now is becoming harder and harder to get that stuff alltogheter on a video camera at a decent price: there is always something missing (in purpose of course).

  6. I can’t agree with you Mark – the recording limit is imposed by tax laws, not the manufacturers, and as for real video cameras being too expensive? They’ve never been cheaper – large sensor, wide dynamic range, over cranking and good codecs can be had for comparatively much less than just 5 years ago. ENG and movie operators know that you used to have to spend hundreds of thousands on broadcast quality cameras, now they can be had for less than 5k. The 80d is a stills camera with video capabilities, and that’s all it’s meant to be. You can’t complain about a 1k camera not delivering Alexa quality.

  7. Tom : the GH4 doesn’t have it (and GH1,GH2,GH3) . The recording limit is one of the many intentional marketing limitations on these cameras, hands down case closed.

  8. Tom: alexas deliver the same quality of the Gh4 , the only difference is a rental distribution, a slightly better built, a much faster internal processing, less intentional limitations and a flat output for the colorists. Other than that the quality is the same. But the GH4 was made with an intentional slow internal processing and no real zoom lenses (EVER) available but without the ridiculous recording limit. That was decided long time ago by the cartel of the manufacturers and Panasonic requested (to the cartel) the no recording limit trick during the deal closing. The guidelines of the marketing agreement are quite obvious.

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