Fujifilm and RaceTech sign five year lenses deal

Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division Fujinon has announced a five-year cooperation with RaceTech, which is specialised in sports productions at racecourses throughout the United Kingdom. Fujifilm will upgrade its entire broadcast lens range to the latest optical technology starting with the first order of long range telephoto lens models HA42x9.7BE, HA23x7.6BE and wide-angle HA14x4.5BE HD ENG broadcast lenses.

Nic Christodoulou, director of Engineering and Technical Operations at Racetech said, “The choice for Fujinon HD lenses was made not only because of their ruggedness and ability to provide superior optical performance under the harshest conditions but also the excellent after-sales support package offered by Fujifilm and a host of other factors.

“RaceTech works our equipment very hard, and we had to be 100% sure that we had dedicated support and back-up on a daily basis. In addition we work in a competitive market, and had to be sure we had the best optics at the best price point. We are developing new camera systems that need specialised lenses and needed to work closely with a lens manufacturer that not only offers HD broadcast optics, but also specialised in 4K Optics.

“Fujifilm ticked all these boxes,” said Christodoulou, “and after a long and complex selection process we decided to buy Fujnon branded lenses under a frame work agreement which covers the next five years. Fujifilm have committed to competitive pricing and fast turnaround.”

RaceTech recently received the first batch of HA42x9.7BE (also available as HA42x13.5) long-range telephoto 9.7-820mm (optional optically stabilised) HD ENG style lens for large venues or sporting events. This comes with servo remote control for full servo studio control, robotics, jibs, tower cams, teleconferencing and other applications where remote control of zoom, focus and iris via RS-232 serial data or traditional analogue control is desired. Remote control of the 2X extender is possible with the optional model ECU-2A remote extender module.

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