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If you didn’t get a chance to see our versatile, new Premier Series HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the NAB show in Las Vegas, you’ll have another chance at the Cine Gear Expo from June 4-7 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood (Booth #43). We’ll also showcase our range of Cabrio PL cine/ENG-Style lenses and Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses.

 

Our Cabrio and Premier PL 4K+ lenses are very busy on a wide range of high-end theatrical releases, TV projects and commercial productions, so we couldn’t be more optimistic about the continued growth of the Cine-Style market. We were also thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received on our HA 18x5.5 at the NAB Show. It lets operators shoot very wide from a long range, which is something our customers—particularly sports producers—have been requesting.

 

 

The HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end to capture images for a versatile range of scenes. With this lens, the operator can get as close to the subject as a minimum distance of 40cm. With the built-in 2X extender, the focal length on the telephoto end can be extended to 200mm. These features accommodate a broad range of scenes to dramatically improve usability in a variety of shooting environments including live news, sports and dramatic program production. The lens also has built-in digital servo drive units for zooming and focusing, and its ergonomic design reduces the weight for camera operators working handheld. It is also equipped with a 16-bit encoder, which outputs focus and other lens data at high resolution, and enables compatibility with various systems, such as a virtual studio programs and combining CG with live footage. It’s a very solid all-around, standard lens.
 

Also being featured at our booth is the newest addition to our popular Cabrio series, the Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio. Equipped with a 35mm PL mount, the PL 25-300mm boasts a high zoom ratio covering the focal length of 25mm to 300mm and the lens supports an optional, detachable servo drive for electric zooming, focusing and iris. Mounting the unit enables remote control of zoom, focus, and iris adjustment. The entire family of Cabrio lenses will be on display, including the PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-35mm.

To round out our display, the full range of Fujinon Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses will be on hand.  This series features the fastest T speeds available in a family of zooms, with unprecedented color matched 4K and beyond optical performance. The 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 will all be on display. All four PL Mount zooms are similar in size and weight, and uniform gear placement and front barrel diameters (136mm).

We are, of course, excited to show off our latest and greatest gear, but the Cine Gear Expo has become one of our favorite shows particularly because of the audience it draws. We look forward to the tremendously valuable feedback we receive from these key decision makers in entertainment production, some of whom are our most passionate customers!

Have questions about these lenses or the Cine Gear Expo? Connect with us on our Facebook page, or tweet us. Better yet, if you’re attending the show, stop by our booth, #43.

Posted: 6/3/2015 5:13:06 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


The NAB Show is always an exciting event for us here at the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division, and 2014 was no exception. We were thrilled to introduce our Premier PL 85-300 Cabrio lens, XA55x9.5 field production lens, and HA18x5.5 HD ENG lens.

Attendees welcomed the new lenses and upgrades for broadcasting, sports, digital cinematography, and production applications with expected curiosity and enthusiasm. For those of you unable to make the trip to Las Vegas, or couldn’t stop by our NAB booth, here are some highlights.

Capping off an already stellar event for Fujifilm was winning a StudioDaily Prime Award for our Cabrio Series PL Mount lenses. According to the award’s organizers, finalists represent the top tier of new technology, creative thinking, and high-end craftsmanship in media and entertainment. The awards spotlight engineering excellence, usability, and value in technology products, and winners are selected based on the criteria of Features, Innovation, Value, and Ease of Use. We are honored to receive this award.


Photo Credit: Mark J. Pescatore

One of the highlights of our booth this year was a series of posters featuring testimonials from some of the industry’s most distinguished professionals spanning the industry, from cinematographers to engineers. Here are a few sound bites of what they had to say about Fujinon lenses:

“When I came across Fujinon’s 19-90, I was blown away. It holds the exposure consistently all the way through, and I love the image quality, sharpness, and how it holds the highlights.” - Tobias Schliessler, ASC, Cinematographer

“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

“The quality of the lenses has always been excellent, and from a technical standpoint it meets all our requirements.” - Tom Dickinson, Chief Technology Officer, Bexel

“The encoding, quality and configuration the lenses are the best combination for our clients.” - Sam Nicholson, ASC - CEO and Founder, Stargate Studios

“The first time I saw and tested the 18-85 PL Zoom lens, it was the best thing I’d ever seen and it’s still my favorite.” - Otto Nemenz, Owner, Otto Nemenz International

“The focal range, weight and quality put the Cabrio series in a class of its own.” - Erik & Oliver Schietinger, Owners, TCS

“Camera operators who specialize in Entertainment shows prefer Fujinon lenses because of their smooth servo "feel," useful lens features, and reliable performance.” - Keith Winikoff, Technical Director and Video Engineer for Entertainment and Live Award Show Productions

“The 18-85 has raised the bar on optical excellence.” - Eric Steelberg, ASC, Cinematographer

“For handheld work, there just isn’t anything that comes even close.” - Bill Sheehy, Director of Photography

“Fujinon produces the most exceptional products in the industry, but they also provide unparalleled support.” - David Lemmink, Director of Engineering, PRG Nocturne

“They are sharp, no distortion, and are beautiful wide open.” - Claudio Miranda, ASC, Cinematographer

“Their new Cabrio line is the ideal mix of a cine-style lens with familiar broadcast-style controls.” - Danny Walters, Director, Remote Engineering, Music Group, Viacom Media Networks

“The Cabrio 19-90mm is gorgeous, balanced, and the perfect range for vérité shooting.” - Tom Curran, Director of Photography, Night Train Pictures, Inc.

Stay tuned, because next time we’ll share the full testimonials so you can see exactly how these pros are using our lenses.

Have questions about Fujinon lenses, the NAB Show, or something else? Connect with us on our Facebook page, or tweet us.

Posted: 5/13/2014 9:23:44 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


We are pleased to share that Talamas Sales and Rentals, a broadcast equipment rental house in Boston, recently took delivery of the new FUJINON PL 85-300 (ZK3.5x85), making it the first in the region to receive the HDTV PL mount zoom lens.

Dave Talamas, president of the rental house, expects strong demand for the PL 85-300, following in the footsteps of the PL 19-90, with which they’ve had tremendous success.
Talamas credits the design of the two Cabrio lenses with providing exactly what the market needs: fast, lightweight, multipurpose lenses offering ideal focal ranges at a price point sweet spot.

While demand for the PL 19-90 has been very strong and feedback has been positive, Talamas customers were asking for something a little bit longer. When the PL 85-300 became available, the Talamas team knew the new lens’ longer focal length would be of great use for beauty shots, nature cinematography, sports documentaries, and other applications.

Talamas Chief Engineer Anthony Bottaro considers both lenses to be crossovers, as they combine the look, resolution, and other picture attributes associated with large sensor PL mount zoom lenses, but with the compact, lightweight “run and gun” functionality ENG/EFP shooters expect.

This lens seems to be particularly appealing to ENG shooters who like to be agile and follow the action. Talamas Senior Video Technician Daniel Ardizzoni tributes that to there being a digital servo handgrip right on the lens for zoom control in combination with today’s small, lightweight digital cameras.

While those shooting ENG-style are right at home with the servo unit attached to the lens, both Cabrio lens models are designed to allow cinematographers to detach the handgrip and shoot instead with industry-standard cine motors and matte boxes, as well as FUJINON wired or wireless controllers. The digital servo on Cabrio lenses has 16-bit encoding to ensure that lens data output is extremely accurate.
The FUJINON PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0. Weighing 3.0kg with servo and 2.5kg without, the lens offers flange focal distance adjustment, 200-degree focus rotation, a short MOD, a macro function for close-ups of objects and the images captured cover a 31.5mm diagonal sensor size.

Have questions about the PL 85-300 or any of our other professional lenses? Leave a comment here, on our Facebook page, or tweet us.

Posted: 3/20/2013 2:39:48 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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