Two lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation will make their NAB debut this year – the Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens (pictured above) [ZK2.5×14] and the XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens . Other NAB 2014 innovations from the Optical Devices Division will be announced shortly. This year also marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S. The company will exhibit in NAB Booth #C7025.
The new XA55x9.5 telephoto zoom is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances, such as for sports, concerts and any 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 captures tight shots from long distances 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. Also built-in is optical image stabilization, 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 14-35mm Cabrio was designed with the latest customer feedback, especially regarding focal length,” explained Calabro. “As with all of our Cabrio lenses, the 14-35mm lens is lightweight and comfortable to use with today’s smaller 4K cameras, but we’ve expanded the focal length range from NAB 2013 to 14-35mm at T2.9, with 200-degree focus rotation. For shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld and capture wide angles in tight spaces, it’s ideal.”
The PL 14-35mm Cabrio has a detachable digital servo drive and can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or a cine style lens. When used without the drive, industry-standard cine motors can be fitted.
Designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, the PL 14-35mm lens 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 PL 14-35mm lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers and existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.
FUJINON’s PL 14-35mm lens is the latest development in the company’s popular Cabrio series, which includes the Premier PL 19-90mm and the PL 85-300mm lenses.
Both the PL 14-35mm wide-angle zoom and the XA55x are available now.
Check out the PL 14-35mm wide-angle zoom in action (review by Matt Allard from Newshooter.com):
Excerpts from Press Release