Corplex Orders Additional Lenses from Fujifilm
Corplex Mobile Television has placed an order of lenses from Fujifilm North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. This order coincides with the recent opening of the division’s fifth service center – in nearby Hanover Park, Illinois – this past spring. The new service facility was started to provide more locally available and immediate customer support to its Chicago-area customer base, something Corplex is already taking advantage of.
Corplex’s facilities now includes three 53-foot expanding HD mobile units each with a graphics/support trailer.
“We’ve been using Fujinon lenses for so many years, we probably now have more than sixty lenses,” says Carter Ruehrdanz, CEO, Corplex. “We’re so busy, we use them every week. Other companies also make great lenses, but we’re really happy with the fact that Fujifilm now has local service here in Chicago. We can’t afford to be down at all. We’re especially impressed with the more aggressive turnaround time and pricing we’re seeing.”
To pair with its Sony HDC1500 cameras, Corplex has chosen two of Fujinon’s XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto EFP HD lenses, six HA23x7.6BERM Telephoto ENG HD lenses with 2x extenders, and two HA14x4.5BERM Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP HD lenses with 2.2x extenders.
The new lenses will be used on Corplex trucks for large sporting events, including NFL football, Major League Baseball playoffs, golf, and hockey.
“We stayed with FUJINON lenses so that all the big lenses are from the same manufacturer, and we can swap things around,” says Ruehrdanz. “Our Platinum truck has two 101x lenses in addition to five 87x. The longer 101x lenses are an important element and can make a huge difference in the production. We’re also putting the new ENG lenses right to work on our handheld cameras for the beginning of the NFL season.”
In addition to their new purchases, Corplex has a large inventory of Fujinon lenses that offer a consistency in lens design that allows the servo modules and controllers to work on any box lens regardless of their age. “Because of this we’re able to have plenty of spares and additional pieces to make them full servo when needed,” said Ruehrdanz.
“It’s our job to supply every piece of gear and make sure everything’s working all the time,” said Ruehrdanz. “That’s why having local customer service is so important. We’re just looking for quality, reliability and good support. FUJINON, its lenses, and its new service center have absolutely made a big difference to us in achieving that goal.”