Gravity Media and Fujinon take V8 Supercars into 4K
Gravity Media and V8 Supercars scored an Australian broadcast first when a Bathurst 1000 race became a full live 4K production, making it the first sport in Australia to be televised at the ultra-high resolution. The production involved 28 native 4K cameras deployed around the track and predominantly Fujinon 4K lenses. Recently Gravity Media scored another first as they used the first Fujinon UA125 4K lens in Australia for a V8 Supercars race in Darwin.
As if the distances weren’t enough of a challenge, the UA125 also had to deal with Darwin’s tropical heat and humidity.
Hennessy continued: “The UA125 lens gave good throw to the top of the main straight and seemed like it could easily go further if needed. The main problem during the Darwin coverage was the ‘thickness’ of the air. With the humidity so high, plus the temperatures being around 30ºC, when shooting over this distance the disturbances were very clear in the picture – such is the quality of the lens.”
The Fujinon UA125×8 4K-compatible box-type broadcast zoom lens has the world’s highest zoom ratio of 125X. It covers a wide range of focal lengths from 8mm in wide angle to 1,000mm in telephoto and 2,000mm with the built-in extender. It is a multi-purpose high-power zoom lens that can be used in diverse situations, including live broadcasts of sporting events and concerts.
Hennessy concluded: “Despite crippling heat and humidity the UA125 lens performed well, though the atmospheric conditions did not allow for a crisp and detailed picture over those distances. With that in mind, we now plan to use the lens and focus on its longer shots in an environment with cooler air temps and much lower humidity levels such as the upcoming Repco Bathurst 1000 Supercars race.”