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For anyone who pays attention to music today, it was almost impossible not to have heard something or other about October’s Desert Trip—a music festival promoted as “the concert of the century.” Tickets were sold throughout almost every continent, with attendees eager to see some of our time’s most iconic classic rock musicians live in concert. For those who couldn’t attend in person, this was one multi-media event viewers wanted to experience in all its star-studded splendor. This required 4K imaging. Enter HD video and webcast production company Springboard Productions, led by music industry vet Hank Neuberger, who tasked renowned mobile truck provider NEPwith video acquisition and display duties.
 
NEP’s Cobalt, which was designed to cater to the specific needs of entertainment production, served as Desert Trip’s mobile production truck. NEP’s Screenworks, which specializes in video display solutions, supplied three of the large, audience display screens. The event was shot and ISO recorded in 4K, while the screens received a 1080i signal, and all the content was recorded onto 34 Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Pro 2 disk recorders.
 
NEP’s Glen Levine, Co-President, U.S. Mobile Units, wanted to supply as many 4K lenses as they could for acquisition on the Sony HDC-4300 and PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K cameras. Of the 14 cameras used to capture performances as Desert Trip, 10 of them had 4K lenses, seven of which were Fujinon lenses. Two of those 4K lenses were UA107x8.4 4K UHD lenses (positioned at center house and center tower), which Levine said “looked outstanding.” The other lenses used on Cobalt included one UA80x9 4K 2/3-inch lenses (placed off stage right), three UA22x8 zoom lenses (directly on the event stage), and one UA13x4.5 4K 2/3-inch UHD portable zoom (on a jib device).
 
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Photo Credit Jim Toten

Here’s a fun fact: of the bands that performed at Desert Trip who are currently on tour, all of them use Fujinon lenses for in-venue production. Lenses currently on tour include: our XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lenses, UA22x8 portable zooms, and ZA12x4.5 wide-angle remote control lenses.
 
Fujinon is proud to have supplied our 4K UHD lenses to NEP, a company known for capturing great moments in entertainment history…Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza—and that’s just music! Desert Trip is sure to be looked upon as one of the greats, and we are excited to work together in the future to push the boundaries of live video production even further.
 
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Posted: 10/28/2016 3:32:09 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


The 2016 NAB Show is just about a month away, and while we can’t tell you everything we’ve got planned, we can tell you that we’ll be showcasing the entire 4K Ultra HD Series, Cabrio PL Cine/ENG-style lenses and Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses, plus the popular XA55x9.5BESM 2/3 inch zoom and XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lens.
 
NAB is obviously one of our favorite shows, and with the lineup we’re planning, we know we’re going to get an enthusiastic response from the crowd. Connecting with so many of our customers, at all levels, is really what makes NAB such a valuable event for us. We’re talking to a really broad range of current and potential customers including broadcasters, DPs, dealers, rental houses and their customers, corporate customers, live event producers...you name it! We count on these people—people like you—to give us fair and honest feedback, and we find that’s exactly what we get. 
 
Here are some of the highlights you can expect:

The UA80X9 field lens and the UA22x8 portable zoom from the 4K Ultra HD Series are designed for broadcast applications and are compatible with 4K 2/3-inch broadcast cameras.
These lenses produce the same focal length range DPs and camera operators have come to expect with HD, but at a much higher resolution, contrast, and dynamic range. With an 80x zoom and optical image stabilization, the UA80X9 is ideal for coverage of large-scale live events, such as concerts and sports. In addition to its advanced optical performance, the lens covers focal lengths ranging from 9mm in wide angle to 720mm in telephoto. As a frame of reference, its size and weight is similar to the popular XA99x8.4 field lens.

With 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.


The entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine zoom lenses will also be present at the booth: the 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8. With the fastest T speeds available in a family of zooms, the Premier PL 4K+ Series boasts unprecedented color matched 4K and beyond optical performance. All four PL Mount zooms are similar in size and weight, and uniform gear placement and front barrel diameters (136mm) enable quick and efficient lens changes.
 
In addition to the entire Cabrio series, which includes the PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-35mm, the Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio zoom will also be featured. All Cabrio lenses feature exclusive detachable servo drive units for electric zooming, focusing and iris. Mounting the unit enables remote control of zoom, focus, and iris adjustment.  The PL 25-300 servo is optional, eliminating the need for external, rod-mounted motors, which can take time to line up accurately. This makes them suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. All Cabrio lenses can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired units.
 
From the field lens category, Fujinon booth visitors will have access to the FUJINON XA55x9.5BESM 2/3-inch zoom and the XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lens. The XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances. Available with a built-in lens support bracket for mounting on an ENG-style camera, this lens also features built-in optical image stabilization, making it ideal for any application where the camera operator must maintain a steady close up shot for long periods, such as sporting events, houses of worship, corporate presentations, or concerts.
 
The XA99x8.4 combines high-performance imaging, a long zoom reach, and an ultra-wide angle. It offers a zoom range of 99x, a focal length of 8.4 to 832mm, and MOD of 2.9m. Especially of use with this lens is Fujinon’s patented image stabilization technology for rock-steady performance, which is especially critical for long-distance HD shots. High-resolution 16-bit encoders are also standard, making it suitable to virtual, robotic, and digital signage, among other applications.
 
Stay tuned for forthcoming news on developments in both the PL 4K and 4K Ultra HD Series!

Have questions about these products or the NAB Show? Connect with us on our Facebook page, or tweet us. Better yet, if you’re attending the show, stop by and see us! You can find us at Booth C7125 during the show, which runs from April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Posted: 3/9/2016 11:59:10 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


Lenses are the first entry point for light in all content acquisition. With the ever-increasing amount of 4K production for both television and movies, extremely high optical technologies and mobility are required to satisfy this new level of enhanced, high-quality filming. It is important that those on the front line and cutting edge of motion picture production have the support they need to be truly successful and raise the bar in filmmaking.

We believe that technology should allow professional shooters, DPs, and others to explore the possibility of creating new images that represent the broad range of human emotions. Of course, developing tools such as the well-received CINE family of premium film and digital cinematography lenses is only part of the support that needs to be offered.

Creating resources to learn how innovators are using technologies to capture the most dynamic shots is another important support tool. That is why we created – and are proud to unveil – our new website: Special CINE Lenses. It features detailed trial reports, compiled by industry leading production professionals, that examine the capabilities, performance, and quality each of our lenses offers and how to use them to achieve the best possible shot.

The new website is dedicated to providing visitors the closest possible experience to using and evaluating the lenses themselves. It offers the visuals, details and answers to questions that industry professionals look for, because it was compiled by the very same experts who understand the need for those answers.  This website is meant to act a true resource for those who care about the fine details, performance, and quality of their glass.

Field Report: Ellroy Inc.
Nothing can explain the benefits of a technology than a real-world experience. That is why field reports from industry leaders are a big part of the content. The first is entitled Will the ZK Series Revolutionize Advertising Photography? A Cutting-Edge Video Production Firm Takes an In-Depth Look. This report is a thorough hands-on investigation conducted by renowned Tokyo-based video production group, Ellroy Inc., to disprove the common perception that zoom lenses fall short when it comes to image quality.


Fujinon’s goal in developing the ZK Series was to create a zoom lens with optical performance on a par with that of a prime lens. If you believe that PL primes are superior to PL zooms, then you are likely to scoff at this notion, and you are not alone. Fujinon and Ellroy’s extremely talented industry professionals, however, show that the ZK series offers the same level – and in certain situations – higher quality. 

Ellroy’s pros shoot with single-focus prime lenses every day, are well-versed in capturing video and still images at 4K, and even offer professional services for 6K video shoots. Their portfolio of accomplishments spans genres, such as advertising to film, drama and television.


After performing extensive field tests and analysis using the ZK series, Ellroy’s findings – including detailed product specifications, verification and quality tests that span wide parameters – and  conclusions were compiled into the trial report. The report is easy-to-navigate, guiding readers through product specs, on site usability, and conclusions. Quality tests and comparisons focusing on resolution, distortion, and color can be viewed through flat imagery and also through video. Readers are also provided with a complementary takeaway; a downloadable copy of the Fujinon CINE Lenses Catalog

To find all the details and conclusions Ellroy’s team uncovered during its investigation, visit Fujinon’s Special CINE Lenses website and read through the trial report.

Posted: 1/19/2016 1:47:23 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


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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