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FUJINON To Launch Portable Zoom Lens for 4K Broadcast Cameras

April 9th, 2015 Posted in News Roundup By SVG Staff

FUJINON, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America will introduce the UA22x8, the company’s first portable zoom lens with optical performance compatible with 4K 2/3-inch broadcast cameras, at Booth C7025. The UA22x8 zooms will be available by August of this year. The NAB Show runs from April 13-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This marks the second lens introduction in the 4K Ultra HD Series for broadcast applications. The first was the UA80X9 field lens, introduced yesterday, April 8th. 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. Both the UA80x9 and the UA22x8 will be available by August of this year.

“Our Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses and Cabrio cine/ENG-Style lenses have been used extensively for sports and entertainment productions thus far, but on cameras with a PL mount,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “There are focal length limitations there, but with the new 4K Ultra HD Series when coupled with 4K 2/3-inch cameras, these lenses produce the same focal length range DP’s and camera operators have come to expect with HD, but at a much higher resolution.”

Utilizing cutting-edge optical simulation technology, the UA22x8 achieves both its 22x zoom and advanced optical performance. Its floating focus system controls multiple lens groups according to the shooting distance and delivers high image quality and high contrast images from close-up to infinity. It comes standard with a 16-bit encoder capable of high-resolution output of lens data, such as zoom and focal position information. Zoom and focus position data is divided in 16-bit resolution and output as electric signals. This lens can also be linked with other systems like virtual studio systems when combining CG images with live action footage.

The entire range of FUJINON Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses and the Cabrio cine/ENG-Style lens series will also be on hand and demonstrated within the FUJIFILM booth at NAB.