Canon Controller

Key features

  • Utilization of excellent optical properties of photographic lenses with Basler industrial cameras
  • Motorized control of focus and aperture
  • Designed for the Basler ace Classic and ace U series with USB 3.0, GigE, and Camera Link
  • Designed to control Canon EF and EF-S lenses
  • RS485 communication interface with galvanic isolation
  • Wide range of supply voltage from 10 to 30 VDC with galvanic isolation
  • Aluminium holder with mounting holes
  • Designed primarily for transport systems (ITS)
  • LabVIEW driver available for download

Product description

The Canon lens controller is an interface designed for the functional connection of industrial cameras and photographic lenses. This controller allows electronic control of focus and aperture of the lens, therefore allowing to use any type of Canon EF and EF-S lenses with Basler ace industrial cameras. Canon lenses can be controlled from a PC or other device using a set of commands via the RS485 interface.

The undeniable advantage of this solution is the use of great optical properties of comparatively low-cost camera lenses with industrial cameras, that have high quality sensors suitable for ITS and industrial applications with up to 12-megapixel resolution.

The ability to electronically control the aperture and focus also opens up the possibility of installation in difficult-to-reach areas and use in any light conditions, even with infrared auxiliary light at night. This illumination can be very precisely synchronized with the camera via its digital output.

The controller hardware consists of three basic parts:

  • Adapter – between the C-mount thread and the Canon EF/EF-S bayonet, which also includes contacts for lens communication and power supply.
  • Electronics – evaluates commands received via the RS485 interface (such as request for focus or aperture adjustment) and communicates with the lens. It is connected to the adapter with a flat cable.
  • Mounting Aluminium Profile – used to mechanically connect the adapter, electronics, and to mount and cool the camera. It also includes four mounting holes for installation of the whole set into the device or housing.

This product was developed in cooperation with AŽD Praha.

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Product parameters

Paremeter Value
Supply voltage 10 – 30 VDC, galvanically isolated
Current consumptiion Depends on lens type, max. 2 A, ca 100 mA in idle state
Temperature range -20°C up to +70°C, limited by the lens and camera!
Weight 455 g
Dimensions 95 x 80 x 80 mm
Mounting 4 x mounting hole of 4,2 mm

Compatible lenses

The control unit is designed for Canon EF and EF-S lenses. Table contains a list of tested lenses. The absence of other lenses does not necessarily mean their incompatibility, but only the fact that they have not been tested yet. Using lenses by other manufacturers such as Tamron or Sigma is not possible, although they are designed for Canon cameras.

Lens
Control
Reading range Current position reading
Focus Apperture Focus
Apperture Zoom
Focus
Apperture Zoom
EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 IS STM
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
YES
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6
YES YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
YES
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
YES
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS II
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
YES
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS STM
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
YES
EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO*
YES
NO
NO*
EF 50mm f/1.8
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO*
YES
NO
NO*
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
YES
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
not compatible

 * The lens does not come with a zoom; it has a fixed focal length.

Ordering information

Order number Name
60262000
Canon controller - control unit for Canon EF/EFS lenses. Camera and lens are not included!

The camera and lens is always selected to fit the particular application; for a consult and help with selection contact please ATEsystem s.r.o.

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