Fujinon, Auckland, 23 September 2015: SKY New Zealand’s Outside Broadcasting division (OSB) have been active worldwide for many years in facilitating equipment and coverage of live events for both host broadcasters and those requiring unilateral feeds. In New Zealand the company owns and operates five major state of the art high definition outside broadcast vehicles and three standard definition vehicles capable of handling the most complex outside broadcasts. Recently SKY had a requirement to equip its newest vehicle with the latest broadcast lens and for that it chose Fujinon.
Technical Manager Nick Haines explained, “We have a long history with Fujinon and it made sense for compatibility with the rest of fleet to carry on that history. In this instance we were looking for a cost effective solution for a new production vehicle and Fujinon were able to supply lenses which were of a slightly more cost effective pricing model but still retained compatibility with our fully featured top end product.”
After discussions with the Fujinon team SKY purchased ZA22x7.6BERD-S6 lenses for their new truck. With servo for focus and zoom the ZA22x7.6BERD-S6 is a 7.6-167mm lens, designed to provide 2/3″ cameras with a wide to telephoto angle-of-view. The lens has a zoom ratio of 22x, and a 2x extender effectively doubles the focal range. The maximum aperture is a fast f/1.8 at 7.6-120mm and stops down to f/2.5 at 167mm. The lens also includes a digital servo for focus and zoom, which enables full studio control via RS-232. Innerfocus minimises the effects of lens breathing, which ensures a more consistent angle-of-view when making focus adjustments. QuickZoom improves zoom speed to 0.7 seconds end to end. With the push of a button, QuickZoom facilitates a rapid shift to the telephoto end to check focus. Releasing the button automatically returns the lens to the previously selected focal length. The Focused Intelligent Network Diagnosis (FIND) system aids in preventive maintenance and troubleshooting by evaluating electronic and mechanical parameters.
Haines continued, “The ZA22x7.6BERD-S6 lenses came in at a lower cost point whilst still enjoying compatibility with our Fujinon HA range and without losing image quality. This lens as part of our new truck now allows us to compete for work at another level of video production.”
The new Fujinon lenses will be used in SKY’s new lightweight production vehicle covering small events which would otherwise not be cost effective to cover with larger vehicles.
Nick Haines concluded, “The lenses form a key part of this compact truck whose size enables us to access venues that may not be so accessible by the larger trucks in our fleet. I must say the service and support we get from Fujinon Australia is excellent. I am particularly impressed with the quality of the serviced product, it is always of an extremely high standard. Sales support is also very good but Fujinon lens technology is now so advanced that we still have lenses in service from 2001 and they are still performing extremely well so it’s rarely needed.”
FUJIFILM Australia Pty Ltd is one of 282 worldwide subsidiaries (as of 31 March 2013) owned by FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation which is the world’s largest photographic and imaging company, and one of the best-known and most instantly recognisable global brands.
In the Oceania region, Fuji Xerox and FUJIFILM NZ also form part of the corporate family owned by ultimate parent company, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation.