Fujifilm: 4K-compatible broadcast zoom lenses @ NAB2017

FUJINON UA18x5.5, FUJINON UA14x4.5 and FUJINON UA27x6.5

Introducing compact and lightweight wide-angle / ultra wide-angle portable lenses and a 27x studio lens to expand the line-up to 7 models, catering to the needs of 4K video production

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is adding three new models to its UA Series of 4K broadcast lenses.  The compact and lightweight portable zoom lenses, FUJINON UA18x5.5 (“UA18x5.5”) and FUJINON UA14x4.5 (“UA14x4.5”), will be released in late April, 2017, while the 27x studio zoom lens, FUJINON UA27x6.5 (“UA27x6.5”), is scheduled for release in late June, 2017.

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The “UA18x5.5” covers the focal lengths of 5.5mm –100mm to capture a wide range of scenes.  The “UA14x4.5”is an ultra-wide angle lens covering the focal lengths of 4.5mm-63mm, putting you right in the midst of action.  The “UA27x6.5”is a 27x zoom lens that covers the focal lengths of 6.5mm –180mm for versatility.

The addition of the latest three models expands Fujifilm’s 4K broadcast lens line-up to 7 models in total, catering to the growing global needs for 4K video production.

The demand of 4K-compatible broadcast equipment is spreading rapidly in Japan, Europe, North America, etc. for live broadcast of sporting events such as soccer and golf tournaments, as well as the production of dramas, documentaries and other genres of programs, produced both in studio and outdoors.

Fujifilm released the world’s first 4K-compatiblebroadcast lens in 2015, and already offers four broadcast lens models worldwide in response to the expansion of the 4K broadcast market.  The company’s lenses are used in a wide range of applications in recognition of their premium image quality and superior operability.

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The “UA18x5.5” and “UA14x4.5” are portable lenses with compact and lightweight bodies for advanced mobility. With the recent market introduction of compact and lightweight “4K camcorders,” these lenses will accommodate an increasing number of videographers who shoot while carrying 4K equipment on their shoulder. The “UA18x5.5” weighs 2.04kg and covers focal lengths from 5.5mm on the wide-angle end to 100mm on the telephoto end, making it useful for production situations that require added mobility such as news reporting and on-location production. The “UA14x4.5” covers the ultra-wide angle focal length of 4.5mm despite its compact body, measuring just 238.5mm, allowing you to go up close and personal during live sport coverage or on-location production with a real sense of depth.

 The “UA27x6.5” is a 4K-compatible 27x zoom lens, perfect for in-studio applications for news and variety shows. With the wide-angle focal length of 6.5mm, it can also be used to give a full view of a concert venue in live coverage. The “UA27x6.5” has a built-in extender*1, which doubles its focal lengths, covering up to 360mm in focal length while maintaining image quality in advanced definition.

FUJINON lenses by Fujifilm are known for high quality eloquent images, and have been used in the production of movies, TV programs and commercials around the world.  Fujifilm will continue to tap into its optical, high precision forming and assembling technologies that have been nurtured over many yearsin the field of cutting-edge video expression,tofurther expand and enhanceits product lineup, thereby addressing the diversifying needs of broadcast production.

These three models will be on display at the NAB2017 exhibition of broadcasting equipment, to be held in Las Vegas from April 24to 27, 2017.

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(1)FUJINON UA18x5.5BE

①Compact and lightweight design, weighing just 2kg

This compact and lightweight 4K zoom lens, weighing just 2.04kg, is perfectly suited in productionsituations that demand mobility, e.g. news reporting and on-location productionof various programs.

②18x zoom covering a wide range of scenes from 5.5mm atwide angle to 100mm attelephoto

The lens covers the focal length range from 5.5mm atwide angle to 100mm attelephoto, boasting advanced operability and mobility in a wide range of scenes from TV production and news reporting both indoors and outdoors.  It also has aminimum objectdistance of just 0.4m

(2)FUJINON UA14x4.5BE

①Compact and lightweight body, measuring 238.5mm

This wide angle 4K zoom lens has a compact body, measuring just 238.5mm, catering to a wide variety of productionsituations including live sportscoverage and TV production both on location and indoors.

②4K image quality in a variety of situations

Taking advantage of its ultra wide angle focal length of 4.5mm, the lens can capture 4K footage with a real sense of depth in live sport coverage and on-location TV production.  The close-up capability with the minimum objectdistance of 0.3m means the lens can be used in space constraints, e.g. in small rooms.

③Controlling distortions and aberrations at edges

Optical technology, nurtured over many years in the cutting-edge video field, has been used to control distortions and aberrations at edges.

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(3)FUJINON UA27x6.5BE

①27x zoom from6.5mm atwide angle to 180mm attelephoto for covering a wide variety of scenes

The 27x lens, covering6.5mm atwide angle to 180mm attelephoto, is perfect for studio work including news, variety shows and music production.  It delivers 4K definition in a multitude of situations, e.g. giving a full view of a concert venue in live coverage.

②Maximum aperture ratio of f1.5 to draw out full optical performance with 4K compatibility

This model uses a large-diameter lens with the maximum aperture ratio of f1.5 to draw out full optical performance with 4K compatibility.

③Equipped with 16-bit encoder*3

The lens comes with the 16-bit encoder,capable of making a high-resolution output of lens data including zoom and focal position information. It can be linked with various other systems such as a virtual studio system for combining CG images with live action footage.

*3 The sensor for converting position information into digital signals; Zoom and focus position data is divided in 16-bit resolution and output as electric signals.

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