Bexel Global Completes Multi-Million Dollar Acquisition of Canon Broadcast Lenses
“Bexel Global plays a key role at the most demanding and important events, and the summer of 2016 is going to be a busy one,” notes Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “In addition to some of the world’s biggest sporting events, Bexel Global will be front and center at the political conventions. The complement of lenses we have acquired from Canon will help us get the high quality images that our clients and their audiences demands. The high-speed capabilities, long focal length and Canon’s great quality, were clear considerations in the purchase.”
This latest big purchase by Bexel Global consists of two million dollars in lenses from Canon’s renowned DIGISUPER Series including the DIGISUPER 60, DIGISUPER 80 and the DIGISUPER 95, which combines a very wide focal length (8.6mm) with a 95x zoom range for capturing dramatic shots from long distances.
Bexel has taken delivery of the specialty Canon HJ18x28 high definition EFP lens that brings phenomenal long-zoom technology to portable field production. The HJ18 extends to 500mm focal length (and up to 1000mm with the built-in 2X extender) with lens speed of F2.8 up to a focal length of 286mm. The portable HD production system was designed to work with the latest generation of HDTV cameras. The capabilities and size of the HJ18 make it ideal for sporting events and large, live events.
Bexel Global also acquired a significant number of Canon HJ24ex7.5B portable telephoto lenses with 24x zoom to give it a maximum focal length of 180mm (360mm with extender). Additionally, the purchase included several HJ14ex4.3B lenses, which offer a panoramic 96.3-degree angle of view to cover the breadth of a scene.
“We are proud to be working with Bexel on such a significant enhancement to their already stellar broadcast services and solutions. Going beyond the purchase, we look forward to providing service and support in the field to continue to help Bexel deliver their best quality and production value to their customers,” remarked Eliott Peck, senior vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group for Canon U.S.A., and chairman and CEO of Canon Information Technology Services.
The lens acquisition is but one part of major investment to the Bexel Global inventory. Dickinson added, “We are on the ground with our customers, and understand the demands they are responding to. Our experts carefully plan, test, and design systems that respond well to the physical and creative demands of production. This acquisition will help us to do that to the high standard we adhere to. We’re pleased to be working with Canon, and to have these superb products on location with us.”
About Bexel Global Broadcast Solutions
Bexel Global Broadcast Solutions, the Production Services business unit of Vitec Videocom, is the preeminent worldwide provider of broadcast services. The company is celebrating 35 years of broadcast excellence, reliability and innovation, with a robust portfolio of technologically advanced systems, custom fiber solutions, and high-quality products. Bexel Global expertly delivers unparalleled production solutions and world-class engineering support, as well as video and audio equipment rentals, systems integration, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance.
Having supported some of the world’s most recognized events, Bexel Global is equipped to capture powerful content from venues, studios and exceptionally challenging environments. Encompassing some of the most sought after brands in the industry, Bexel Global’s portfolio of production services includes premium teleprompting camera and software systems from Autocue and Autoscript, cutting-edge broadcast technology for the Q-Ball and other specialty remote cameras from Camera Corps, and meticulously maintained camera supports and mounting requirements from The Camera Store.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings.