Fujinon Introduces New, Compact Studio LensOctober 17, 2006
by -- Fujinon Inc.
Fujinon introduces the XA22x7BES compact, HD studio lens with an eye toward the growth of stations using ENG-type cameras for studio applications as well as those employing smaller field production units.
The XA22x7BES is a lightweight box lens that features higher optical quality than standard ENG-type lenses, combined with the zoom and focus performance of a larger studio lens. With a focal length starting at 7mm and ranging up to 154mm and superb F- stop ramping characteristics, it is well suited for shooting in tight locations and smaller studios.
It incorporates a belt drive for zoom and focus, as opposed to gear-driven design, enabling very smooth and precise operation. And with fully boxed housing, working noise is virtually nonexistent. The removable shroud enables ease of maintenance. The front of the shroud can be removed to allow for a prompter to be placed closer to the front of the lens. This enables the use of smaller prompter mirrors, resulting in both cost and space savings.
The new XA22X7BES features minimal focus breathing, 14-bit control (16-bit optional) with external port for robotics interface, and the front barrel will accept a 127mm filter.
A lightweight lens support is standard for use with most ENG-style HD cameras, and ample space is provided between the back of the lens and the front of the camera for access to camera function switches.
“This is a new class of lens,” said Dave Waddell, Marketing Manager, Fujinon. “It combines what is best about large, studio lenses in a smaller package for use with ENG-style cameras. Many broadcasters are looking to replace studio cameras with ENG cameras but the optical quality and precision of zoom and focus functions must be at a very high level to make that switch. That’s exactly where this lens fits in. With its feature set and performance level, I see it becoming a much sought-after solution for TV station and studio production environments.”
The XA22x7BES offers all the advantages of Fujinon’s DIGI POWER digital controls, including Fujinon’s exclusive F.I.N.D. System for evaluation of electro-mechanical lens operational parameters.
The wide angle of 7mm (68 degrees 49 minutes) is the widest in its class, and the XA22X7BES will focus at a close 0.8m.
As with larger, studio lenses, this lens features LED indicators for zoom, iris, and extender on the outside of the lens for fast recognition. Because it is a smaller box lens, it does not require a heavy lens support, but comes with an easy-to-mount support that fits on standard ENG-capable tripods, studio pedestals and robotics systems.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company's line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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