It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the 2014 NAB Show
is almost upon us. This year’s show holds special meaning for us, as it marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division (formerly known as FUJINON) in the U.S. To celebrate, several products will be making their NAB debut this year—among them, the Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens
[ZK2.5x14] and the XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens.
The new XA55x9.5 telephoto zoom
is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances, such as sports, concerts and other live events. This zoom “fills a sweet spot in our line of 2/3” studio/field lenses,” according to Thom Calabro, Director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “With a focal length from 9.5 to 535mm [or 19.0 to 1050mm with a 2x extender], it gets the job done even in the most challenging environments.”
Like the XA50x9.5 before it, this lens is available with a built-in lens support bracket for direct mounting to an ENG-style camera, which eliminates that cost. The optical image stabilization
is also built in, which helps the operator maintain stable close-up shots for long periods. A 16-bit encoder outputs zoom, focus position and other lens data – so it can easily combine CGI with live images.
The new PL 14-35mm Cabrio
—the latest development in our popular Cabrio series—was designed with the latest customer feedback in mind, especially regarding focal length. We’ve expanded the focal length range since NAB 2013 to 14-35mm at T2.9, with 200-degree focus rotation As with all of our Cabrio lenses, the 14-35mm lens is lightweight and comfortable to use with today’s smaller 4K cameras.
Designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, the PL 14-35mm Cabrio lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. One of our favorite features of this lens is its detachable digital servo drive, making it usable as a self-contained ENG-style lens or a cine style lens. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. When used without the drive, industry-standard cine motors can be fitted. The PL 14-35mm lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i Technology metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, and existing FUJINON wired and wireless units. For shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld and to capture wide angles in tight spaces, this is it.
Both the PL 14-35mm wide-angle zoom and the XA55x are available now. If this has piqued your interest, just wait until you see what else we have in store! Only those who attend will find out, so be sure to visit us at booth #C7025 from April 7-10 see demos, evaluate our products, chat, ask questions, and more.
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Posted: 3/14/2014 11:35:21 AM
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Most professional cinematographers would almost certainly agree that the smooth, consistent, motorized zoom you experience from a servo drive unit comes with a host of great benefits. To name a few, it saves time, ensures accuracy, and frees you up to be more creative. Our latest PL lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them suitable for use as a standard cine PL lens or as an ENG-Style lens. The digital servo featured on the PL 19-90, the PL 85-300, and the new PL 14-35 Cabrio lenses has 16-bit encoding, so operators can rest assured that all lens data output is extremely accurate. Of course, there will be times when you need to use the servo and other times when you don’t. On shoots where a servo drive unit is not necessary, you can remove it from your PL lens. In this video, Fujifilm Optical Devices Director of Marketing & Product Development, Thom Calabro, shows you how to remove and mount the detachable servo drive unit on a Fujinon Premier PL Cabrio lens.
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Posted: 2/25/2014 2:38:30 PM
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Fujinon is Olympic-bound! No, we won’t be competing in any events, but Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have a technical support center set up to provide customer service and support during both the Sochi 2014 Winter Games
(February 7- February 23) and the Sochi Paralympics
March 7-March 16).
An engineer from Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will be on hand at our technical center to support Fujinon lens customers throughout both events. Our Russian and German offices will also be available for customer support during the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games.
Russian office central number: +7(495)797-3512 (Russian, English)
German office phone number: +49-(0)211-5089 8950 (German, Japanese, English)
Customers broadcasting events can also receive support via e-mail
The technical support center is located at:
Staronasypnaya str., 22
Business Center Plaza
The center was opened on January 2nd and will remain in operation until February 25th. Hours of operation for the center during the Winter Games will be from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m. It will be open during the same hours to support customers broadcasting the Paralympic Games from March 6 through March 16th.
Service center phone numbers during the Winter Games:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (for Russian and English speakers)
Lars Gehring +491735242211 (German and English)
Service center phone number for Paralympic broadcasters:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (Russian and English)
Contact information for German speakers will be announced at a later date.
When dealing with once-in-a-lifetime footage (like an Olympic event), having technical support is not only crucial, but offers the broadcast professionals covering this colossal event much needed peace of mind. With our knowledgeable technicians available for support and service during both events, our customers can rest assured that we are supporting them to our fullest capabilities, ensuring our imaging equipment performs reliably when they need it most.
Team USA all the way!
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Posted: 1/29/2014 11:19:02 AM
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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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The CCW show has become increasingly relevant to broadcast and video production houses on the east coast over the years. We value it greatly because it attracts the industry folks who will benefit from these breakthrough lenses, and we benefit from their insight and feedback.
One of the lenses we’re excited to share with CCW attendees is the new Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio lens. Joining the recently introduced Premier PL 19-90mm, and the PL 85-300mm lenses, it debuted at the IBC Show in September and received tremendous positive feedback. The 14-35mm Cabrio was designed utilizing the latest customer input, so while we were delighted with the response, it’s what we expected.
This lightweight lens is easy to use with today’s 4K cameras, and has an expanded focal length range of 14-35mm at T2.9 with 200-degree focus rotation. Ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld, the 14-35mm Cabrio has a detachable digital servo drive so it can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or as a cine style lens. It also offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units. The best news? It’s available now.
Also representing Fujinon will be the compact, lightweight HA19x7.4BERM/BERD 2/3-inch Premier Series high-performance HD ENG/EFP production lens. Weighing just 3.3kg, it is ideally suited to high-end ENG/EFP HDTV production, including entertainment, news, sports, and documentaries. The high-value features of this lens combine to produce unsurpassed optical performance: the lens has three floating zoom groups and Aspherics, as well as the latest HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam) coating, which results in richer colors and improved blue response and transmittance. These advanced features are extremely important in the HDTV/big screen era; television viewers can see much more picture detail—including information in the corners of the screen—than ever before, so it’s vital to have consistent resolution from edge to edge. With 16-bit encoders and 2.2X extenders as standard, this 19X lens ensures precision performance even in the most demanding HD production applications. The HA19x7.4BERM/BERD has advanced diagnostics and a short “MOD” or minimum object distance of 0.55mm, which allows shooting at closer distances. And any camera operator will appreciate the new ergonomic grip for easier handling, as well as the option to order the lens with manual or servo focus and zoom.
CCW attendees will be privy to demonstrations of how these two high-end HD lenses capture higher resolution picture information than ever before. We know our forward-thinking audience will value—and provide valuable feedback to—these superior optical devices, and we look forward to discussing how they can help meet digital cinema or HD ENG/EFP acquisition challenges.
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Posted: 11/12/2013 6:31:00 PM
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