Fujifilm Optical Division Blog
The dust has begun to settle since we returned from the 2016 NAB Show, and what a show it was! We introduced the new XK6x20 Cine PL mount Cabrio XK lens, a 1.2 extender option for the UA 80x9, and the newest addition to the UA Series of 4K 2/3” lenses, the UA107x8.4 (UA107x) broadcast lens—the longest and widest 4K lens ever created for Ultra HD (UHD) and HD video production. The result of all this was a whirlwind of activity at our booth throughout the show. The cherry on top was winning a Best of Show award for the UA 107x8.4 lens!

The UA107x, the industry’s longest and widest 4K UHD lens, was honored with NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award from "TV Technology." We thank the panel of judges for recognizing the innovation, and quality this product brings to the industry! Part of the FUJINON Premier 4K product family, the UA107x provides superb 4K optical quality across the entire zoom focal range, thanks to Fujinon’s latest optical simulation software, which was used to model the lens’ large diameter aspherical elements. With high resolution, high contrast, and high dynamic range (HDR) coatings, the UA107x produces images that are sure to impress. It was an especially big hit with mobile production crews! To hear about all the other features this award-winning lens offers, as well as the other Fujinon lenses shown at NAB 2016, watch this quick video from Thom Calabro.

In addition to the excitement surrounding the UA lenses, there was also a lot of interest in the new PL 20-120 Cabrio lens. While we are thrilled, we can’t say we’re surprised! It employs all the great features and quality that’s become expected of Cabrio lenses, has a focal range of 20-120mm, covers S35mm sensors, and is available for under $20,000! Needless to say, we took a lot of orders on the spot, and with no sign of slowdown in sight.

We loved seeing what everyone had to say about our lineup before, during, and after the show on social media! Here are just a few examples:













There was still a lot of talk about 4K this year, but there was even more buzz about HDR—or High Dynamic Range—in conference sessions and throughout exhibit areas. Fujinon’s contribution to this hot topic lies in the HT-EBC coatings on our new 4K UHD lenses, which will improve the image in HDR cameras, and a new barrel design that improves the light transmission through the lens. All of the new Fujinon 4K lenses are compatible with both HD and 4K cameras, providing a seamless solution as broadcasters once again find themselves transitioning from “old” to “new.” At the end of the day, if you’re looking at HDR cameras, you’re going to want to start off with HRD lenses, too. Options include the Fujinon Premier PL 20-120mm Cabrio XK (XK6x20) zoom, the UA13x4.5 wide angle Ultra HD lens and the Fujinon UA107x8.4 (UA107x) broadcast lens.
Keep the comments coming! Have a question, or something to share? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter

Posted: 5/5/2016 4:01:16 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



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

Have questions or comments about Fujinon lenses? Connect with us on our Facebook page, or tweet us.

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.

Have questions or comments about Fujinon lenses? Connect with us on our Facebook page, or tweet us.

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


Tags

James Buchmann Spruce McRee #FujinOnTheRoad . “camera “desert “empire “field “fujinon “gearhouse “gearhouse” “High “Indio “mobile “music “NEP “NEP” “OB “sports 101 107x lens 107x” 11mm 14-35 14-35mm 18-85mm 19-90 19-90 Cabrio 2011 2012 20-120 20-120mm 2014 2016 22x” 25-300 25-300mm 25x 2K 35 35mm 39 flex 3D 4K 4k lens 4k live sports production 4k mobile unit 4k production 4k sports production 5k 6k 8 80x9 85-300 ABC Abel Abel Cine AbelCine Aerial aerial shooting affordable Africa american society of cinematgoraphers and Andy Andy Brandy Casagrande IV Andy Casagrande Anthony Arctic ARRI Rental Arts ASC ASC Clubhouse Atlanta” Award Awards back focus Ballard basics Beam Bears Beast Beauty Best best sports broadcast lens Bexel Bill Bennett Bill Sheehy Binoculars bird watching bite-cameras Black Bleckley Blue Bob Bob Poole Bob Poole Films Boston Bourdain Box Box-lenses Brain Farm Bravo Brazil broadcast broadcast lens broadcast” broadcasting broadcasting” Buck Buddy Cabrio Cabrio PL Calabro camera camera lens Cameron care Cassagrande CCD center” Channel Chapple Chater Chris Cine Cine Gear cine lens cine lenses cinegear cinema cinematograhpher cinematographer cinematographers cinematography Cinematography workshop cinemtaography cine-style zoom City Claudio Miranda club” Coating” coatings cobalt” Color Contrast controllers Creek Crittercams Crosscreek Crosscreek Television Productions Curt Morgan Daniel Danny Walters David David Lemmink def Definition Dejan Georgevich Detachable Device Devices Diamond Digital Digital Motion Picture Center Director director of engineering director of photography Directory Discovery Distortion Division documentaries documentary DP drag DTV dynamic EBC Electron Ellroy, Inc. ENG engineers Eric Steelberg Erik Erik Schietinger ESPN events exit pupils Faulkner Festival festival” field field lens field of view field production lens FILA film filmmaking workshop filmography Filmworks Flare flare” focal focus fog-proof Food Fox Fuji Fujifilm Fujifilm Optical Fujifilm Optical Devices Fujifilm Optical Devices Division Fujifilm. FujifilmOptical Fujino fujinon Fujinon 42x Fujinon Cabrio Fujinon Day Fujinon PL Cabrio19-90 Furmanski gear Geographic Geometrical Georgia” glare Glass Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise Group Guy HA14x” HA18 HA18x5.5 HA23x” HA25X11.5BERD HD HD lens HDTV headquarters” high High Transmittance Electron Beam High-Definition Home Shopping Network horse How how to HT-EBC Ian Ellis image industry interpupillary distance iris IT Jackson Hole James Jonathan Jordan Maxham Keith Winikoff Keith Winikoff, Killer Las League length Lens lens workshop lens” lenses Light lightweight Linstrom Luis de Los Reyes Magical magnification maintenance maintenance” Marietta” McRee Meat MeatEater Men mini-box mobile Mobile TV Group Mossman mount Mozambique MPS Studios MTF MTVG NAB NAB Show NABShow National Network New NHK Night Train Pictures, Inc. nine-blade Noise NYC Ocean Oceanus of Oliver Schietinger Olympics optical optical lens optical stabilization OS-TECH Otto Nemenz Otto Nemenz International Paralympic Games Parts Paul Rodriguez PBS performance Pete Photography PL PL 14-35 PL 14-35mm Cabrio PL 19-90 PL 19-90mm PL 25-300 PL 25-300mm Cabrio PL 85-300 PL Mount PL primes PL zooms PL14-28 PL19-90 PL85-300 PLMount Point Polar polo Porro Prism Premier Premier PL 25-300mm Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio Premier PL 4K+ Series Premier Series Premier Series HA18x5.5 PRG Nocturne prime lens production Productions professional professionals racing range” RED RED Epic Dragon reflectance regional reliability remove Rentals Report Reproduction Resolution Rio de Janeiro Rob Ron Roof Prism Rookie S35 Sales Sam Nicholson San Paulo Schietinger School Sensitivity sensor series service servo servo drive unit shark Shark Week sharks SharkWeek shoot shooter shooters shooting shot Shots Show SIM SMPTE Sochi Sony Digital Motion Pictures Studio southeast” Speed Spike Spintec sporting events Sports sports broadcasting lens Spruce Spruce McRee stability standard Stargate Studios steadi-cam StudioDaily Prime Award Style Summit Sundance Super support SVA SVG Talamas TCS technical center technical support Technology telephoto telephoto field lens telephoto lens Television The Thom Thom Calabro Tiago Lemos Timur Civan tips Titanic to Tobias Schliessler Token Tom Curran Tom Dickinson Transmittance travel Trevisans trip” truck truck” Tstop Cinema LLC TV UA UA107x UA107x8.4 UA13x UA13x” UA13x4.5 UA22x8 UA80” UA80x UA80x” UA80x9 UHD Ultra Ultra HD ultra-wide unit Unknown USA Vegas Viacom video videographer videography Visual Voyager waterproof week whisperer wide wide angle lens wide angle zoom lens wide-angle WILD wilderness wildlife william wages Winter Games wireless World Cup XA50x9.5 XA55 XA55x9.5 XA55x9.5 telephoto zoom XA55x9.5BESM XA99 XA99x8.4 XK XK6x20 XT17 York YouTube Zero ZK series ZK4.7x19 zoom zoom lens zoom; ZPZ

Syndication

Fujinon Optical Division BlogRSS