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The 2016 NAB show is just a few days away, and we at the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division can’t wait to show you the fantastic lineup of new Fujinon lenses and options we’ve got in store!

In this video, Director of Marketing & Product Development Thom Calabro offers a sneak peek at what you can expect to see from us this year. You can find us at booth C7125. We’ll see you there!



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Posted: 4/14/2016 2:52:58 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


Digital Cinema Report recently began exploring the evolution of lenses from the perspective of the manufacturers in its series, “Magical Glass.” How does a company determine what lenses to make and how to bring them to market? The fourth installment of the series features FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division’s Director of Marketing and Product Development Thom Calabro on the challenges lens manufacturers face. Continue reading below for the full interview, or you can view the original version.

“Digital Cinema Report: What drives lens development at your company? Is it customer demand, products introduced by your competitors, or innovations discovered by your own designers? A combination of all of those? Something else entirely?

Thom Calabro: Customer demand is a big component in our development decisions. Our 2/3-inch Compact Cine lenses were a direct result of speaking with cinematographers who were willing to jump into digital cinematography. Speaking with many of our mobile customers led us to develop the XA99x8.4. These customers wanted a tele lens that would be able to get relatively wide angle shots. The HA18x5.5 came about after a top sports network requested a wide angle ENG style lens that would be able to go long.

DCR: What is the single biggest challenge in making a high quality professional lens?

TC: One of the biggest challenges is making a high quality lens that is affordable. It has become increasingly difficult to do this. As cameras have gotten higher in resolution, the lenses have had to become better. Cameras, being electronic devices, have come down in price over the years; lenses have not. In fact, lens pricing has gone up.

DCR: Why does FujiFilm not make prime lenses for the cinema market?

TC: While it was difficult to break into the cine market with zoom lenses, we did so because of our expertise in making zooms for the broadcast industry for many decades. We feel that our zoom lenses compete, and in many cases beat the primes in quality comparisons.

DCR: How much time does it take to bring a new zoom lens to market?

TC: I could give you two very recent examples. At NAB 2013 we sat down with one of the sports cable networks. Their request was for us was to produce a high-quality lens that is rather multi-purpose. The need was for a wide angle lens that could also go long. The lens had to be similar in size and weight to what was currently being used. At NAB 2014 we were able to show a working HA18x5.5 lens, and we made deliveries in June. Also at NAB 2013 we were discussing with various customers what their requirements would be for a new PL cine lens. One year later we showed the Cabrio PL 25-300. This lens already has been delivered to a number of customers. So a bit over a year would be about normal.

DCR: Describe the steps in each process.

TC: We develop a set of parameters; size, weight, optical performance, and cost. Our designers work with our proprietary software, Global Optimization Technology, or GO Tech. This software allows us to produce lenses in a very short period. One of the ways it does this is by eliminating the need for early prototyping. We, of course, still develop prototypes, and we go through design changes, but it a much more streamlined process with GO Tech.

DCR: To what extent has digital cinematography changed lens design and manufacture?

TC: The resolution in today’s cine camera is very high, and most of the video being produced on these is slated for theatrical release, meaning very large viewing screens. Any and all chromatic aberrations will certainly show on these. So our tolerances have to be maintained to a very high degree.

DCR: Has there been a dramatic change in the kinds of lenses cinematographers request? If so, what?

TC: We are seeing that more and more cinematographers are using zoom lenses. While most don’t “zoom” the lens during a shot, they are using them as variable primes. Our cine zoom lenses have been compared to the finest primes, so quality is not an issue. The zoom lens allows the cinematographer to work faster, because there’s no need to stop production to change the lens to a different focal length.

DCR: How much of the lens-making process is still done by hand?

TC: Lens grinding, polishing, and coating are automated processes. The actual assembly and adjustments of all of our high-end lenses are very much a manual process.

DCR: Where are your lenses made?

TC: In our Japan factory.

DCR: Where do you source your glass?

TC: From premium and well known glass manufacturers like Ohara and others.

DCR: What new lenses are you developing now?

TC: We are working on a number of lenses for various applications, but I’m not at liberty to disclose anything more.

DCR: Will lenses always be analog or can you envision an all-digital high quality professional lens?

TC: Lenses will remain analog, but digital technology can help analog lenses. Chromatic aberration compensation is currently being used by many camera manufacturers. The digital electronics in the camera talk with the digital servo on the lens. This was originally designed to compensate for aberration errors in lower cost lenses, but even the finest lenses can benefit from this function.”

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Posted: 11/6/2014 12:06:48 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


The Fujifilm Optical Devices Division will show a variety of new lenses and upgrades at this year’s NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 8-11. FUJINON lenses for broadcasting, sports, digital cinematography and production applications will be on display at Booth C7525, including an enhanced version of the Emmy-Award winning, “Precision Focus Assist” technology and the latest in PL Mount, EFP, Studio and ENG lenses.

Making their NAB debut this year are two high-performance lenses: the Premier PL 85-300 Cabrio lens (model ZK3.5x85) and the XA99x8.4 UltraWide field production lens.

Designed using the latest optical simulation technology, the PL 85-300 Cabrio not only offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image, but in the corners of the frame, as well. Like the highly acclaimed PL 19-90mm Cabrio (Model ZK4.7x19), the PL 85-300 is equipped with the same indispensable features including flange focal distance adjustment, a MOD of 1.2m, a macro function for objects as close as 97mm (3.8-inches), and it covers a 31.5mm diagonal sensor size. While the two lenses share many beneficial similarities, the PL 85-300’s longer focal length – 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, with 200-degree focus rotation – makes it ideal for shooting documentaries, nature and wildlife, and commercials. The entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses will also be at the booth. On display will be the 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400 mm T2.8-T3.8.

The new XA99x8.4 UltraWide features a newly developed, patented image stabilization technology for the rock-steady performance critical for long-distance HD shots, making it ideal for producing live sports and entertainment events. Like other lenses in this product line, the XA99x8.4 comes with FUJINON’s DIGI POWER digital controls, offering high accuracy, flexibility and a host of production features. Additionally, high-resolution 16-bit encoders make the lens suitable for virtual, robotic, and digital signage, among other applications. FUJINON’s exclusive GO-TECHnology improves image resolution and reduces chromatic aberrations at all focal lengths. The XA99x is f1.7 to 341mm and f4.2 at 832mm with a zoom range of 99x, a focal length of 8.4 to 832mm, and MOD of 2.9m. Also on display will be the XA88x8.8 with an enhanced version of Precision Focus Assist, marking the first time this model has incorporated the technology.
Fans of Fujinon’s 1/3-inch EXCEED line can look forward to a new version of the 1/3-inch XT17sx4.5 lens, which features full remote control, for videoconferencing, weather cams, educational, and studio robotic applications. Other NAB highlights include lenses in the Premier Series of high-performance ENG lenses for 2/3-inch cameras: the HA19x7.4, the HA14x4.5 super wide angle and the HA16x6.3 lenses. The ZA Select Series lenses will also be on display in telephoto, remote control, and with and without 2X extender versions.

Have questions about these lenses or the NAB Show? Leave a comment here, on our Facebook page, or tweet us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 3/6/2013 10:57:00 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


Among the first to order the recently introduced PL 19-90 Cabrio ZK4.7x19 lens is Toronto-based SIM Digital—long time Fujinon broadcast and PL lens users—who ordered 14 of the lenses immediately following NAB, where it was first introduced.

A part of the PREMIER PL Mount Zoom family, the lightweight and compact lens features a first for cine-style lenses: an exclusive detachable servo drive unit that makes it suitable for use as a standard Cine PL lens or as an ENG-Style lens. SIM Digital’s use of the PL 19-90 is the latest addition to the hundreds of other Fujinon lenses they have acquired over the past 30 years (thanks, SIM Digital!)

According to Rob Sim, Founder & President of SIM Digital, the eight PL 19-90 lenses they received were immediately rented and have been used continually without any issues – a trend he expects will continue. He credits the lens’ success to the focal length of the lens and the ability to use it in an ENG scenario, making it ideal for shooting episodic television, feature films, and other multiple camera environments. Shows that have benefited from use of the PL 19-90 lens via SIM Digital so far include Rookie Blue and Beauty and the Beast.

Have questions about the PL 19-90 or any of our other professional lenses? Leave a comment here, on our Facebook page, or tweet us.


Posted: 2/5/2013 12:07:20 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


The team here at Fujifilm Optical Devices will be participating in next week’s Sports Video Group’s League Technology Summit. The event, which takes places at the New York Hilton December 10-11, aims to bring the sports industry together to share best practices and new technologies in sports production and we’re happy to be a part of it!

Thom Calabro, Fujifilm Optical Devices’ Director of Marketing and Product Development, will be a panelist on the Camera and Lens Technology Update, where the discussion will focus on what’s in store for cameras and lenses in 2013, as well as what issues manufacturers and their customers face (December 10th at 3:00).

FUJINON’s new XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lens will also be on display in the exhibition hall. Offering a zoom range of 99x, a focal length of 8.4 to 832mm, and MOD of 2.9m, the lens features an anti-fogging design to minimize lens fogging, and a patented image stabilization technology for rock-steady performance. Ideal for producing live sporting events, the XA99xUltraWide telephoto zoom lens includes FUJINON’s DIGI POWER digital controls, Quick Zoom, two-shot presets, a 2X extender, and comes standard with high-resolution 16-bit encoders. Other features of the lens include FUJINON’s exclusive High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC), resulting in richer colors and greatly improved blue response and transmittance. HT-EBC, coupled with FUJINON’s exclusive Aspheric Technology, reduces ghost, flare, chromatic aberrations, and increases light transmission at all focal lengths.

 

Keynote speakers of the summit are George Bodenheimer, Executive Chair, ESPN; Ed Goren, former Vice Chairman of Fox Sports Media Group; and Frank Golding, YouTube, Head of Sport for North America. A full rundown of the event can be found here:

http://sportsvideo.org/main/lts2012/

We hope to see you there! 

Have questions about the panel or new lens? Leave a comment here, on our Facebook page, or tweet us

Posted: 12/9/2012 9:43:10 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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