CSP’s New Duo of HD Trucks Feature Full Complement of Canon Lenses
CSP Mobile Productions has outfitted its two newest 53-ft. mobile production units with 19 HDTV lenses from Canon U.S.A. The trucks, designated HD-1 and HD-3, will divide a complement of two XJ100x9.3B, four XJ86x9.3B, and five XJ72x9.3B long-zoom Canon HD field lenses, as well as eight HJ22ex7.6B portable HD ENG lenses.
“We’ve had phenomenal results with Canon in the truck environment, which can be extremely demanding,” says Len Chase, president/co-owner of CSP Mobile Productions. “The XJ86 has been the mainstay of our SD-5 truck for years, and our full store of Canon lenses has been rock-solid for us.”
CSP Mobile Productions’ newest trucks – the HD-1 expando and HD-3 straight truck – will be used for the production of a year-round schedule of college sports in 720p primarily for ESPN and ESPN2.
“Whenever we need something solved, Canon’s team has the answers,” Chase says. “The service we receive from Canon is unparalleled. The difference in the truck world is operability and serviceability. If it’s not user-friendly for our camera operators, or easy to service, then it’s not useful to us. We don’t have those issues with Canon.”
Also vital to CSP Mobile Productions’ service to its clients is its membership in Alliance Productions, the strategic collaboration of remote broadcast companies serving the sports and entertainment television production industry.
“We joined a few years ago,” Chase says. “We’ve been with the Alliance for five or six years. For a long time, they asked us to be in it, and at first we weren’t sure. But less than six months after joining the Alliance, we had gotten a full return on our investment in the Group. What the Alliance offers to us is the flexibility to serve a wider variety of clients across the United States, beyond the East Coast where we primarily operate. And now that we’re fully HD capable, that makes us even more of an asset to them – which leads, of course, to more work.”