IBC 2018: Fujifilm introduces new addition to Premier UA Series and 4K 70x field lenses
During IBC2018, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM (Hall 12, stand B20) will officially introduce the latest in its Premier UA Series of UHD 2/3” lenses — the UA46x9.5B and UA46x13.5B. The worldwide introduction signals the continued expansion of the company’s 4K HDR lens range. Also, the 4K UA70x8.7BESM field lens will also be introduced. FUJIFILM Optical Devices Europe will exhibit during the show, which runs this week, from 14-18 September at the RAI Amsterdam.
The Premier UA Series is designed specifically for UHD broadcast applications. The UA46x9.5B sports a class-leading 46x zoom ratio and a wide angle from 9.5~437mm (19~874mm w/2x) with an F2.0 aperture. The “Tele” version UA46x13.5B lens also features a class-leading 46x zoom ratio and a telephoto reach from 13.5~621mm (27~1242mm w/2x) with an F2.8 aperture. Both lenses have a total weight of 5.7kg/12.56lbs and length of approximately 345.8mm.
“We remain firmly committed to the development of our 4K HDR lens range,” says Yuji Igarashi, General Manager of the Electronic Imaging Division & Optical Devices Division at FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “We’re excited about the possibilities this lens series and HDR production overall creates for our customers. Extremely high precision optics and mobility are required for this level of enhanced, high-quality filming. We’re well suited to address such requirements. Our high-contrast, high-quality lenses are ideal for HDR. Given the color science expertise of Fujifilm with its motion picture and photographic film history, the FUJINON lenses are not only 4K but also produce brilliant, bright, eye-popping HDR images.”
Like the others in the series, the UA46x zooms employ the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC), resulting in richer colors and greatly improved blue response and transmittance. They feature 4K Ultra HD and HDR optical performance from center to corner throughout the zoom range while suppressing image distortion, due to a multi-group zoom system.
A newly designed OS-TECH image stabilizer provides the most advanced image stabilization for a lens in this class and makes the new UA46x zooms ideal for sports, wildlife, and documentary production. Versions of the lens will be available for studio, wildlife, remote-control, and gyro-stabilized productions.
Also enhanced with a fresh design is the Digital Full Servo Drive Unit, which now features 16-bit encoding for highly accurate local or remote operation of the zoom, focus or iris. The drive unit offers a “Virtual Connector,” which outputs the lens’ positional data.
Availability for the UA46x9.5B and UA46x13.5 is planned for late 2018.
The new zooms are two of the latest additions to the family of FUJINON 4K UA 2/3” lenses. In addition to these two lenses, the new 4K UA70x8.7BESM field lens will also be debuted at IBC 2018. Other handheld zooms in this line up include: the UA14x4.5, UA18x5.5, UA13x4.5 and UA22x8, UA24x7.8 lenses. The UA27x6.5 studio lens and field lenses, the UA80x9, and UA107x8.4, round out the series.
IBC 2018 marks the official introduction of the FUJINON UA46x9.5B and UA46x13.5B zooms. A prototype version of the UA46x9.5B was shown at NAB 2018 in April.
70x Field Lenses
With a 70x zoom ratio and focal length range of 8.7~610mm (17.4~1220mm w/2x), the UA70x7.8BESM zoom is an economical 4K box solution for sports, house of worship, and other live entertainment productions requiring a long focal length, stability, and pristine optical performance.
“As the latest in our growing series of UHD 2/3” lenses, this new box type field lens continues the expansion of our popular UA Series,” says Gordon Tubbs, Vice President, Broadcast and Communication Products, Optical Devices Division at FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “We’re particularly proud of the optical technology inherent in this 4K HDR lens range. Our high-contrast, high-quality lenses are ideal for HDR, which demands greater performance.”
“IBC is the perfect place to show it off for the first time. We’re looking forward to gathering feedback from the show’s worldwide attendees.”
Like the others in its series, the UA70x zoom employs the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC), resulting in richer colors and greatly improved blue response and transmittance. It features 4K Ultra HD and HDR optical performance from center to corner throughout the zoom range while suppressing image distortion, due to a multi-group zoom system. To take full advantage of the expanded dynamic range offered by HDR cameras, FUJINON UA Series lenses suppress flare and faithfully transmit the important “blacks” in video image rendering. A proprietary anti-fogging design minimizes lens fogging and reduces downtime due to moisture — a critical concern when shooting in all types of weather conditions.
A newly designed OS-TECH image stabilizer provides the most advanced image stabilization for a lens in this class and makes the new UA70x zooms ideal for sports, house of worship, and entertainment productions.
The new UA70x lens has a total weight of 23.8kg/52.5lbs and length of approximately 610mm. This addition to the UA Series follows yesterday’s announcement of the IBC debut of the UA46x9.5B and UA46x13.5B lenses. Other handheld zooms in this line up include: the UA14x4.5, UA18x5.5, UA13x4.5 and UA22x8, UA24x7.8 lenses. The UA27x6.5 studio lens and field lenses, the UA80x9 and UA107x8.4, round out the series.