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In addition to manufacturing and distributing our fine optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets, part of our goal here at the Optical Devices Division of Fujifilm is to promote professional education and skill for those who seek it. In support of this initiative, and to increase awareness of our Cine-Style zooms among cinematographers, camera operators and camera assistants at all levels, we’ve embarked on a series of hands-on, educational seminars called “Fujinon Days.” Based on initial reviews from leading feature film and episodic cinematographers, as well as the rental house lens technicians who have been present at these regional events, we’re proud to report that it looks like this series is headed for a long and impactful run.
 
The first Fujinon Day was held this spring at the ASC Clubhouse; several others followed in U.S. cities including MPS in Austin, ARRI Rental in Atlanta, and Abel Cine in New York City. Upcoming Fujinon Days will take place in Los Angeles (at Sony DMPC), Sao Paulo, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, and Boston.
 
The main goal of these events is to allow filmmakers to see for themselves the capabilities and characteristics of Fujinon’s extensive range of Premier and Cabrio lenses, and to combine that with the opportunity to learn from powerhouse guest presenters such as Bill Bennett, ASC; William Wages, ASC; and Dejan Georgevich, ASC. Comments and questions are strongly encouraged during the presentations, giving attendees a chance to discuss how the technical aspects of lens design relate to look and feel.
 
Here are a few highlights from insights shared by our esteemed Fujinon Day presenters:
 
According to three-time ASC Award winner William Wages, ASC, who presented at Fujinon Day Atlanta, “the Cabrio 19-90 and 85-300mm zooms are virtually the only lenses I’m presently using.The optical quality, small size and speed are unequaled. They’ve changed the way I shoot.”

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Eric Steelberg, ASC (Baywatch, Draft Day, Juno, 500 Days of Summer), who was a featured guest at the ASC Clubhouse Fujinon Day, spoke about the role of Fujinon lenses in film: “In the past, cinematographers have relegated zooms to a lower place in the hierarchy of lens technology. If you wanted to use a zoom, you had to be willing to sacrifice. Fujinon, in my opinion, completely changed that paradigm. Now you don’t have to decide to shoot zooms or primes based on performance. Now it’s based on workflow form and factor, and a cinematographer’s philosophy. But the technical limitations have been solved. I’ve used them with Red, ALEXA, film, and across the board, they have performed. If you thought that Fujinon lenses were only for video or sports, I’ve got news for you.”
 
Another ASC Clubhouse presenter, cinematographer Bill Bennett, ASC, drew the following conclusion after leading a discussion about the subtleties of lens characteristics: “Many of the attendees were very experienced cinematographers. They don’t need to be told what a good lens is or what good performance is. They would just as soon come and see for themselves and make up their own minds. Everybody makes judgments about lenses in their own way, so we just gave people the tools to take a good look.”
 
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Cinematographer Ian Ellis, who is known for his dramatically lit DP work on the TV series The Lying Game, as well as his second unit DP work on Friday Night Lights and Revolution, had never seen a Fujinon Premier lens in action before Fujinon Day in Austin. How did he feel after witnessing the lack of breathing, vignetting, and overall beautiful imagery captured by the Premier and Cabrio zooms? “Amazed.” “I would love to get the 25-300mm Cabrio ona TV show. It’s got such a huge range and doesn't fall apart at the long end wide open.We tend to live on big zooms on TV dramas, and we could go so many directions with that lens. I really want other people to see what it can do. And the Premier 75-400mm lens is insanely cool. It would be my ideal long-end lens for a feature film.”
 
We hope you’ll join us at a future Fujinon Day near you. Attendees are provided with a unique opportunity to participate in workshops and panel discussions centered on the creative, optical and budgetary considerations critical to modern optics design; learn about lens design, technology, and applications; and explore the wide selection of Fujinon PL mount zoom lenses. 
 
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Posted: 11/14/2016 4:09:40 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


NAB 2014 may be over, but our roster of accomplished and loyal customers is still going strong. If you attended the show and stopped by our booth, you undoubtedly noticed the many posters featuring some of the field’s most distinguished professionals, spanning the industry from cinematographers to engineers. For those who did not make it to Las Vegas, in a recent blog post we provided a sampling of the commentary that was featured. Now, we’re sharing it all. If you want to know how some of the most successful cinematographers are using Fujinon lenses in digital cinema, keep reading.

“I have used the Fujinon PL Zooms on my last two movies, Oblivion and Tomorrowland, and love them. They are sharp, no distortion, and are beautiful wide open.” -Claudio Miranda, ASC, Cinematographer

“I started using Fujinon lenses on Lone Survivor. The director, Peter Berg, wanted to shoot the film in a handheld, documentary-shooting style, switching focal lengths between takes instead of using prime lenses. When I came across Fujinon’s 19-90 at Keslow Camera, 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. The lens flares are beautiful and I ended up using them as a lighting effect. It's the perfect handheld lens and it became my workhorse on Lone Survivor; I shot at least 70% of the film on the 19-90 and I don’t know how we could have done it otherwise.” -Tobias Schliessler, ASC, Cinematographer

“We’ve used Fujinon’s optical zoom lenses for the last 25 years. 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. Not only is it a T2.0 lens with an excellent range, but to me, 18-85 means I can put that lens on my camera, shoot 95% of all my interiors, and have excellent quality on film or digital. The T2 stop is extremely fast and honest; wide open, the zoom looks great. With all the zooms, like the 24-180 and the 75-400, when you focus, there’s hardly any breathing, and they match perfectly with Zeiss Master Primes and the Leica Summilux. They’re also extremely good with skin tones, so actors love them. We’ve used Fujinon’s zoom lenses on all kinds of pictures, including Iron Man 3, Dumb and Dumber, Fast and Furious 7, We Bought a Zoo, and RIPD, to name just a few. Quality-wise, they are the best there is right now.” -Otto Nemenz, Owner, Otto Nemenz International

“I grabbed the first Fujinon Cabrios in Hollywood and immediately put them on my new show, Real Husbands of Hollywood. I was impressed by the image quality and ergonomics. The director was thrilled—he could keep the spontaneity of the scene without having to wait for lens changes. This was a game changer for us. With the addition of the telephoto and wide versions, we can cover practically any shot with perfectly matching optics, with absolutely no compromise. We had some bigger, heavier lenses on the truck for special shots but we sent them back to the rental house once we saw what we had with the Cabrios. For handheld work, there just isn’t anything that comes even close.” -Bill Sheehy, Director of Photography

“Since I first used Fujinon’s 18-85mm, I’ve never gone back to another zoom lens. It’s the only one that gives you consistently superior optical quality from its widest setting to its longest setting, with no tradeoffs in between. The level of quality is something I’ve ever seen before in a zoom lens for digital cinematography and 35mm film. It’s a very fast lens that prevents me from having to make the kind of quality compromises other zoom lenses force cinematographers to make. The operation stays smooth and consistent in all kinds of weather conditions, and the lens hasn’t needed any maintenance or repair since I got it over a year ago. It’s given me a very versatile, capable tool to realize the director’s vision and the creative goals of the production. The 18-85 has raised the bar on optical excellence.” -Eric Steelberg, ASC, Cinematographer

“As a documentary DP, my lens is what brings me into the world of the story. The Cabrio 19-90mm is gorgeous, balanced, and the perfect range for vérité shooting.” -Tom Curran, Director of Photography, Night Train Pictures, Inc.
For even more insight, tune into our next blog, where we’ll share what some of the top production, technology and engineering pros have to say about using Fujinon lenses in broadcast and video applications.

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Posted: 7/15/2014 11:38:39 AM 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


 

Fujifilm Optical Devices Director of Marketing & Product Development, Thom Calabro, introduces Fujinon's new PL 14-35mm T 2.9 Cabrio lens. The PL 14-35mm Cabrio lens has a detachable digital servo drive, and can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or cine style lens. This lens is ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld so they can capture wide angles in tight spaces.

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Posted: 12/2/2013 11:11:23 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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