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Our loyal Fujinon users take their lenses to the ends of the earth. We know this because we see the amazing footage on big and small screens, displayed on websites and blogs, featured in the press, shared across social media and beyond. Much like the talented professionals who capture this footage, the lenses make their magic from behind the scenes. We think it’s time to draw the curtain back and give your Fujinon lenses a leading role!

Take a photo of your lens on location and show it off to the world. It could be a standalone shot of your setup (like this one from Flying Fern Films), a photo a colleague snapped of you in action…whatever you want to show off! Then, simply share the photo on Twitter with the hashtag #FujinOnTheRoad. If you’d like to include a caption setting the scene, even better! We can’t wait to see where in the world you take your lenses.


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Posted: 5/13/2015 9:19:07 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


NAB 2015 was one for the books here at The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America. One of the highlights was receiving a "TV Technology" Best of Show Award for our new 4K Ultra HD Series of lenses. Both the UA80x9 field lens and UA22x8 portable zooms, which were introduced at the show, were developed in response to the market demand for 4K optics that would work with 2/3-inch broadcast cameras.
NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.
The UA80x9 4K field lens has an 80x zoom and optical image stabilization, making it ideal for coverage of large-scale events. The lens covers focal lengths ranging from 9mm in wide angle to 720mm in telephoto. The FUJINON UA22x8 4K zoom lens features a compact and lightweight design, a 22× zoom ratio and a focal length from 8mm in wide angle to 176mm in telephoto. The UA22x8 excels in capturing a broad range of applications, including live sports, program production and news reporting.

Both of the lenses were designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software. The UA80x9 and UA22x8 lenses offer exceptional 4K optical performance in the center of the image through to the corners of the frame. Fujifilm’s “High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating” (HT-EBC) is applied to the lenses for enhanced transmission, contrast, dynamic range, and color reproduction. The Fujinon lenses can be linked with other systems, such as a virtual studio system for combining CG images with live action.

As you can imagine, winning this award for the first in our series of 4K zooms for 2/3-inch broadcast cameras is thrilling. "TV Technology" is one of the most respected publications in the broadcast industry, and it means a lot to be recognized by them for these new lenses that we were so excited to unveil at NAB. We’re looking forward to seeing them in use for a variety of sports and entertainment productions! Both the Fujinon UA22X8 and UA80X9 lenses will be available by August of this year.

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Posted: 4/24/2015 2:26:07 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments



We had such a fantastic experience at NAB 2014, we’re still talking about it…but we’re not the only ones. For those who did not make it to Las Vegas this year, we’ve summarized “The Fujinon Experience” through a series of blog posts. Rounding out the recap, we bring you the words of some of the field’s most experienced and respected production, technology and engineering pros, as they appeared in posters featured throughout our booth.

“In our nearly 30-year history, we’ve always purchased Fujinon lenses for our six production trucks, and have put them through their paces. They are extremely reliable, and only require minor maintenance to keep them working properly. This kind of reliability is invaluable, particularly when working on a high profile assignment, such as the State of the Union Address, which we shot this year. One of the most challenging locations to use lenses is at The National Hot Rod Association’s drag racing events, which are extremely contaminated by gas fumes, car exhaust and burning rubber. If the lenses can stand up to these conditions, they can stand up to anything. The Fujinon lenses we’ve used are all securely weather proofed, so our engineers only have to do routine cleaning and replace front element lens filters to protect the front glass. Then, they’re ready to go.” - Spruce McRee, President/CEO, Crosscreek Television Productions

“We have had great success on all our virtual productions around the world using Fujinon lenses. The encoding, quality and configuration of the lenses are the best combination for our clients.” - Sam Nicholson, ASC - CEO and Founder, Stargate Studios

“I’m a longtime user of Fujinon lenses. The quality of the lenses has always been excellent, and from a technical standpoint it meets all our requirements. The Cabrio lenses in particular fit our niche market very well as a crossover between video and digital cinema. We buy those on a regular basis. We’ve also found the overall cost of ownership to be lower than competitors. Not only do we need fewer repairs on the Fujinon lenses, but when we do, it’s typically only for routine maintenance and service, and the costs are always lower than other companies. Plus, the service is great.” - Tom Dickinson, Chief Technology Officer, Bexel

“Since Nocturne Productions’ inception in the 1970s, we’ve only purchased Fujinon lenses and now have over 100 of their ENG, EFP and RoboCam lenses. Fujinon produces the most exceptional products in the industry, but they also provide unparalleled support. When we’re on a global tour with the biggest acts around, from Lady Gaga to The Rolling Stones, to Paul McCartney, they can’t stop in the middle of a show, and neither can we. If something goes wrong, it needs to be fixed right away, and the personal service I get from Fujinon can’t be matched.” - David Lemmink, Director of Engineering, PRG Nocturne

“We’ve been Fujinon customers here in the Nashville remote operations group for decades. There’s a reason we keep coming back. The quality and performance of Fujinon lenses is beyond reproach. Support from sales and service is unmatched, and they make a lens that meets our every need. Their new Cabrio line is the ideal mix of a cine-style lens with familiar broadcast-style controls. They were the natural choice for our entry into large-format imager technology.” - Danny Walters, Director, Remote Engineering, Music Group, Viacom Media Networks

“Fujinon’s new 99x has quickly proven itself as an effective tool for the "Entertainment and Award Show" side of the TV business. Awards shows such as the Oscars and Grammys need lenses with extreme optical and low light performance; they are placed into critical camera positions with challenging distances to the stage. Camera operators who specialize in these Entertainment shows prefer Fujinon lenses because of their smooth servo "feel," useful lens features, and reliable performance. Fujinon has earned a reputation in the live television production industry for quick and reliable service, emergency loaners, and dependable support.” - Keith Winikoff, Technical Director and Video Engineer for Entertainment and Live Award Show Productions

“The Fujinon Cabrio series has made a big impact on the way our clients shoot. Whether they shoot documentaries, live events or run-and-gun features, they love having the choice of a single PL-mounted zoom, where they might have had two zooms or set of primes. The servo motor serves ENG-style shooting flawlessly and it’s good enough for cinematic commercial shoots. The focal range, weight and quality put the Cabrio series in a class of its own.” - Erik & Oliver Schietinger, Owners, TCS

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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:27:04 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


It would appear that Zero Point Zero Production does it all. A nearly decade-old television and digital content production company, the group also scouts, develops, markets, and distributes entertainment, producing television shows for Discovery, Travel Channel, History Channel, PBS and Bravo. Since its inception, the company has produced over 225 hours of television in 80 countries around the world, including the critically acclaimed shows, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Diary of a Foodie. We sat down with ZPZ Director of Technology, Chris Faulkner, to talk about some of the company’s latest projects, the state of the industry and what we can look forward to from his team.

You recently posted a pretty phenomenal video in which you tested the slow-mo capabilities of one of your cameras using the Fujinon PL 19-90 Cabrio lensfor Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain. Tell us about the show and how the equipment performed.

Our DPs Mo Fallon, Todd Liebler, and Zach Zamboni just left for the very first episode of Parts Unknown. They love our new camera rig and can't stop cooing over the 19-90mm Cabrio. It's a great balance of size, sharpness, weight and range. We're all impressed with this new lens.

What other projects are you working on right now?

We just finished shooting another episode of MeatEater with Steve Rinella.

You moonlight as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Do you think teaching gives you a little bit of an edge in terms of keeping you “on your game” in the field?

My class at SVA is made up of first-year film students. I get a mix of newbies, film fans, and budding cinematographers, all of whom are just starting to find their voice in a visual medium. I'm a big proponent of learning by doing, so I have them out on the streets of New York City with Arriflex S-cameras by week three.

Is there one instance you can pinpoint that turned you on to production?

My first job was as sound mixer for an indie feature called Dog Years. It was rough-hewn, shot almost entirely on weekends and was in production for more than 18 months. Whether we were clearing out rattlesnakes from location or crashing a junked car for sound effects, it was a great experience and done with a lot of heart. I kind of fell in love with the process.

What piece of equipment do you rarely/never go on a job without?


Our crews constantly find themselves in tight locations with dodgy power and little time to set up a scene. A string of carnival lights—the kind with Edison screw-base sockets along a length of zip cord—can save the day.

What is it that draws you to the type of production ZPZ specializes in?

I've always worked in independent and documentary production. The "ZPZ style" is always informed by doing the most with the least. Our crews are small, our gear is lightweight and portable, and we rarely go into the field with a sound person. I think it creates a sort of intimacy that you can't reproduce by adding more stuff. Also, Tony Bourdain is a badass.

What do you view as emerging trends in the industry today?

While everyone is chasing big sensors and the cinematic look, there's still a place for a medium-sized format that is lightweight and shoulder-friendly. Besides, there's so much beautiful Super16 glass available and it's currently underutilized.

What are the most significant changes in filming from when you started?

It's quite possible to create a stunning image with equipment that costs less than $10K. What used to be the bastion of only Hollywood can be had by virtually anyone with the hankering and peck to do it. There are more voices in the conversation and I think this drives everyone to work harder and create more beautiful images.


What is something you think people would be surprised to know about you?

I went to Marine Military Academy for high school. Oo-rah!

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?


Tune in to Parts Unknown on CNN and MeatEater on Sportsman Channel!

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Posted: 12/13/2012 10:47:03 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


Welcome to the second half of our interview with Aerial Director of Photography at Aerial Filmworks, Ron Chapple!

5. Do you have a favorite "go-to" camera and/or lens?
 
We have both the Fujinon 42x 9.7mm and 13x 4.5mm lens kits for our Cineflex systems. (We own 3 of the 42x lenses, and one 13x lens.) While most of our clients request the longer lens for the amazing range, I personally like the wide lens. With the wide, I can get images that feel as if they are wrapping around the helicopter. In December, I filmed in the narrow canyons of Big Bend National Park where we had less than 200 feet between 1,000 foot canyon walls. The Fujinon 13x wide was perfect!

6. You film a lot of wildlife. For example, the PBS/Nature film, "Bears of the Final Frontier" must have been a challenge. What is that like?

Our first premise is that wildlife must be filmed without any awareness of the helicopter. Having the right long lens is critical to getting the shot.  If any animal is startled or intimidated by the helicopter, we immediately cease filming. The big "no no" in nature documentary work is seeing the backside of the animal running from the camera. On the "Bears…" project, we were fortunate to have a strong wind that pushed the helicopter noise away from the animals, and by using the 42x 9.7mm lens from 1,500 feet away, we were able to get really great images of the bears interacting normally.
 
7.  What are the most significant changes in aerial filming from when you started until now?

The newest trend we are seeing is what the industry calls "Piece to Camera" where the actor or presenter looks at the Cineflex to deliver their lines. We are circling the scene zoomed in to the actor , and then pull out to full wide to reveal the whole scene. The new PBS series "America Revealed" has many of these scenes. We have filmed the host skydiving from 10,000 feet, riding along in open cockpit airplanes, standing on top of huge industrial cranes, and flying in ultralights. Last week in Costa Rica, I filmed two actors in a helicopter flying low through the rainforest!

8. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
 
Yes! Lenses and cameras are critical hardware for any creative business. The part of this business that always is most impressive is the teamwork! Everyone in the entire process is important, from the people that make the lenses, build and design the Cineflex, to the creative director, helicopter pilot and logistics crew. We all have our unique role in bringing great images to the viewer.


For more information on Aerial Filmworks visit http://www.aerialfilmwork.com/.

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Posted: 5/23/2012 11:10:12 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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